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November 17 Speaker: Dr. Kisha Supernant

posted Nov 17, 2016, 2:37 PM by ASA - Edmonton Centre
Please join us at 7:00 P.M on November 17, 2016 for a presentation by Dr. Kisha Supernant, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta.

The talk takes place at McEwan University in downtown Edmonton, room 7-333.

Archaeology and the TRC: The relationship between community-based Indigenous archaeology, cultural heritage, and reconciliation.

There has been much discussion in the academic and archaeological community about the ways we can respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Transforming how we do archaeology is an important component of reconciliation, since much of the work of our academic forbearers was used to disenfranchise and erase living indigenous communities. Working with and for communities to explore their histories creates new opportunities for understanding the past and can help many communities reconnect with elements of their history that have been forgotten due to the colonial and assimilationist policies of the Canadian government. In this talk, I explore how archaeologists have been building collaborative relationships with indigenous communities in Canada over the past 20 years, including some examples from my own work, and demonstrate how working together on an understanding of the past can lead to a more just and equitable future.