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Friday, March 10 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Secwepemc Response to Life on Land and Below Water Panel Discussion

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In order to follow through with reconciliation it is imperative that we address the current pedagogical approaches here at TRU, Indigenous knowledge’s have an innate ability to enrich traditional western academic ways of knowing and they should be placed on equal footing. In the spirit of reciprocity and relationship building, IDays and students from the fourth year Aboriginal Decolonizing Social Work Practice course in the Faculty of Education and Social Work agreed that by hosting local Secwepemc women we are able to directly link the discourse of UN Sustainability Goals to the territory and land we are on. This pushes away the elusiveness of the UN goals and ensures concrete ideas are made in relation to the land the University is hosted on - it is grassroots change.

Addressing the discourse embedded in the historical and contemporary context pertaining to the land, water, and resources on the land. Honouring the strength of Indigenous peoples in preserving and protecting the land, languages, and spiritual teachings connecting people to the land. As well as the significance of sustaining land and resources in enhancing justice and peace, and economic, social, and spiritual development, and creating flourishing communities. The focus on spreading awareness of land and water sovereignty is grounded in resistance of colonialism and preservation of not only land and resources, but people. What better way to further indigenize TRU than to honour Secwepemc ways of knowing and their relationships as stewards of sustainability on this land and in this water. Secwepemc people lived here for thousands of years in a sustainable way; we have much to learn from their innate knowledge of this land. This action is in support of beginning/rebuilding relationship of Indigenous and settlers and newcomers to Canada in a way that benefits this land and will contribute to the ongoing work other Universities in Canada are undertaking in projects of indigenization and how to enrich this path of sustainability and improved relations between all people in the already “international” Indigenous territories of this place called Canada - having local Secwepemc women speak to these issues contributes to TRU’s commitment to Indigenizing the University.

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Colleen Seymour

Secwepemc teacher
Colleen Seymour is from this place known as Tk’emlups and is a celebrated Secwepemc teacher who has taught in numerous Secwepemc Indigenized programs in such locations as the Native Ed Program (Kamloops, BC), Ske’lep School of Excellence (Kamloops, BC), Chief Atahm School(Chase BC), Stein Valley (Lytton, BC). While in service she found confluence with provincial programming and Secwepemc knowledge’s. Colleen recently was... Read More →
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April Thomas

Human Rights & Secwepemc'ulecw rights and title activist and advocate
April Thomas, is Sewepemc (Shuswap) from and is a member of the Canim Lake Band, and lives with her family at the Williams Lake Indian Band reserve just on the outside of Williams Lake, BC. | | She is a human rights and Secwepemc’ulecw rights and title activist and advocate who works on an individual, community and nation levels with all Secepemc membership and organizations to assert and exercise our human rights to sovereignty and... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Mountain Room, Campus Activity Centre 900 McGill Road

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