We are excited to announce the return of Cultural Territories 101, a continuation of where we left off last Spring. This time around Nicole will invite guests to research, learn and discuss pertinent topics that effect these Nations and their sovereignty. Nicole will be leading light discussion around the plants, fibres, weaving and cultural practices of each Nation while also discussing how current day colonialism has come into play.
We are excited to welcome people from all knowledge levels and group participation/discussion is highly encouraged. This is a space to learn, listen and share and we look forward to having you.
Feb 10th- North East Area
Nations in Discussion: Dene Tha’, Acho Dene Koe, Kaska Dena.
With much of the region lying east of the Rockies, the physical geography of the Northeast is distinct from much of the rest of the province: a vast and remote area of foothills, forests, lakes and the Peace River valley. The eastern region beyond the Rockies is the traditional territory of the Dene Tha’ cultural group and further north, the Acho Dene Koe. The mountainous western border of the region is considered traditional Kaska Dena territory. (from BCAFN website)
March 3rd Nechako and Tlingit
limited space, free tickets available here (registration opens Feb 3rd)
Nations in Discussion: Dakelh, Wet’suwet’en and Łingít
The Nechako region is comprised of the Traditional Territories of the Łingít, Sekani and Kaska Dene in the north and the Dakelh, Wet’suwet’en further south. The land is generally mountainous, with many large lakes and rivers that have sustained a traditional economy and trade system since time immemorial. (taken from BCAFN website)
March 24th North Coast and Haida
limited space, free tickets available here ( registration opens Feb 24th)
Nations in discussion: Nisga’a, Tsimshian, Haida, Tahltan, Gitxsan.
The North Coast Region is comprised of the Traditional Territories of the Coast Tsimshian along the Skeena River and surrounding its delta; the Haida on Haida Gwaii; the Tlingit along the coast north of Prince Rupert; the Nisga’a along the Nass River Valley and its delta; and the Tahltan along the Stikine River and further inland. The Coastal geography is made up of fruitful oceans, vast temperate coastal rainforests, and deep fjords that quickly give way to drier mountainous climates further inland. The region houses many large rivers including the Nass, Skeena and Stikine. (taken from BCAFN website)
April 14th Vancouver Island and Coast Salish
Nations in discussion: Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwak’awakw
The geographically diverse Vancouver Island and Coast region contains mountains, fertile agricultural lands, beaches, ancient rainforests, rivers, fjords, and archipelagos, which make up the traditional territory of many Coast Salish groups: Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Wuikinuxv, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw, and Da’naxda’xw in the northern mainland portion of the region adjacent to Queen Charlotte Sound; Quatsino, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwak’awakw on north and central Vancouver Island; Ditidaht, Pacheedaht, Saanich, Beecher Bay [Scia’new], Malahat, Nanoose [Snaw-naw-as], Songhees, Sooke [T’sou-ke], and Hul’qumi’num on southern Vancouver Island. (taken from BCAFN website)
Nicole Preissl was born and raised in Burnaby but is Sto:lo from Leq’a:mel First Nation. Her
great-grandmother was Squamish from X̱wemelch’stn and great grandfather from Katzie. Nicole is an active alumna and Emily Carr community member (BDes, 2019), passing on her knowledge to others through workshops in the Aboriginal Gathering Place. Nicole has been actively involved with EartHand as an emerging skill-holder since 2018, learning while sharing: weaving, spinning, stories of place and most recently the Cultural Territories 101 program.
Thank you to BC Arts Council and EartHand Gleaners supporters for making this program series possible!