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December 15, 2016 Speaker: Darryel Sowan

posted Dec 6, 2016, 1:15 PM by ASA - Edmonton Centre   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 1:16 PM ]
Please join us for our December installment of the Winter 2016/2017 Lecture Series.  Darryel Sowan of Swan River First Nation will be presenting on his archaeological field work near Lesser Slave Lake.

When: December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM
Where:  Archaeology Lab (room 7-333), MacEwan University, Downtown campus

Pihko Payiw Mohkohmon/Broken Knife Site: An example of Indigenous Archaeology in Treaty 8 Territory (1899)

Darryel Sowan is a Swan River First Nation band member. He holds a B.A. in anthropology and is an undefended Master’s student at the University Alberta.  Darryel has worked for a number of archaeological and traditional land use firms in Alberta and B.C. In 2006 he went on to serve as the consultation unit manager for Swan River First Nation before taking the job of Director of Livelihood for Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta in 2008. He remained working for his band part time and returned full time to his band after leaving Treaty 8 in 2010.  Darryel takes time to talk to youth about careers in archaeology and is frequently a guest speaker on the topic of consultation. Darryel strives for First Nations involvement in the management of heritage resources and for meaningful consultation in Treaty territory. Darryel views archaeology as part of traditional land use and hopes that there will be more First Nations youth pursuing archaeological careers.  He has also experienced the teaching end of his field by participating as a teacher’s assistant with respect to theories and methodologies of archaeological techniques and has given many lectures on the prehistory of Alberta.  In 2008 Darryel received an award from the Aboriginal Role Models of Alberta for helping to look after the environment. He is a dedicated First Nations member who values and respects the teaching of the Elders and the guidance that they have given him to respect, protect and honor our lands. 
Darryel now utilizes his knowledge in working with First Nations to ensure that traditional land use is kept sacred and honored as it was meant to be for First Nations people. Darryel enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and being a part of nature which is why he is so passionate for the environment and the importance of its delicate balance.  He understands its past history and firmly believes in maintaining it for future generations.  He believes that the creator gave us land and we need to have some sense of balance by all in order for it to be a sustainable resource for the future.