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Transpacific Encounters, National Historic Sites and Cultural Renewal in a First Nation Community
Colonialism has had lasting impacts on Indigenous peoples. In response, Indigenous communities have worked hard to defend their cultural heritage to reflect their unique identities in an era of globalization. The Mowachaht/Muchalaht of Yuquot (Colonial: Friendly Cove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia) share the traditional Nuu-chah-nulth concept of hee-shuk-eesh-tsawalk (everything is one) that was instrumental in rewriting the way the government of Canada designated our home as a site of historical significance. In this age of modernity, the challenge of cultural interpretation is infused with protocol and practicality within the grass roots sector, educational institutions and general public. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples both provide opportunities to focus on sharing world history through an indigenous lens rather than a Eurocentric one. In this seminar, Ms. James will provide direct observations and experiences of language revitalization, cultural preservation, spirituality, sciences in relationship to the land of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht peoples.

Jan 19, 2022 03:00 PM in Montreal

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