SW Alta. rec­og­nized for indige­nous ef­forts

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta -

The out­stand­ing ef­forts of Al­berta’s “her­itage he­roes” and the work of lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to pre­serve the prov­ince’s rich his­tory were rec­og­nized on Oct.26 at the Al­berta His­tor­i­cal Re­sources Foun­da­tion Her­itage Awards.

Indige­nous Her­itage Award cat­e­gory

Awarded to projects that demon­strate ex­cel­lence in iden­ti­fy­ing, pro­tect­ing and pro­mot­ing Al­berta’s rich Indige­nous her­itage through re­search, pub­li­ca­tion and/or col­lab­o­ra­tion or pub­lic en­gage­ment with Indige­nous in­di­vid­u­als or com­mu­ni­ties.

City of Leth­bridge & Black­foot Con­fed­er­acy Tra­di­tional Knowl­edge and Use As­sess­ment

The Black­foot Con­fed­er­acy Na­tions of Al­berta, Ar­row Ar­chae­ol­ogy, City of Leth­bridge

The TKUA project is a unique col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the Kainai, Pi­ikani, and Sik­sika First Na­tions and the City of Leth­bridge, which con­trib­utes to ex­pand­ing the def­i­ni­tion and un­der­stand­ing of her­itage in Leth­bridge. The work of this col­lab­o­ra­tion in it­self helped to build new re­la­tion­ships in the spirit of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

The project as­sessed a num­ber of pub­li­cally ac­ces­si­ble lands within the City of Leth­bridge city lim­its.

Ex­tant tra­di­tional knowl­edge and re­sources were iden­ti­fied, as­sessed and recorded. The re­port sum­ma­rized an ex­ten­sive his­tor­i­cal overview un­der­taken by the Na­tions, in­clud­ing the col­lec­tion and ground-truthing of tra­di­tional knowl­edge from each Na­tion.

Fur­ther it pro­vides con­sid­er­a­tions that will help pre­serve Indige­nous cul­ture and help ed­u­cate and in­form cit­i­zens of Leth­bridge and vis­i­tors about those cul­tures and their his­tory.

The project re­flects a de­sire to re­spect, pro­tect and cel­e­brate the rich Indige­nous his­tory within the lands upon which the City of Leth­bridge is lo­cated, as part of work­ing to­gether to­ward rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. The work was un­der­taken as part of the City’s South Saskatchewan Re­gional Plan (SSRP) Com­pli­ance Ini­tia­tive, in keep­ing with the SSRP’s ex­pressed de­sire for en­hanced con­sid­er­a­tion of, and pro­tec­tion for, shared cul­tural her­itage.

Pal­liser Schools photo

FO­CUSED: Ju­liana Bruyn of Mas­ter's Col­lege checks out her project in the Pre-Em­ploy­ment Car­pen­try pro­gram.

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