Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 



Mother Earth Art

"Respecting Traditional Knowledge and Protocols"

March 25

Julia Trops, Suk'wtemsqilx'w West Kelowna Arts Council


WAC has partnered with the En’owkin Centre to create a panel presentation and workshop on cultural appropriation entitled “Respecting Traditional Knowledge and Protocols” to take place Saturday March 25th at Sensisyusten Circle Room from 8:30am-4:30pm.


This is a workshop for those non-Indigenous artists and cultural institutions who would like to know more about Protocols and respecting Indigenous cultures. 


Presenters include Indigenous cultural authorities Dr Jeannette Armstrong, Indigenous Activist and Professor at UBCO, Dr Greg Younging, Publisher Theytus Books, Project Lead for Authentic Indigenous Art, Shain Jackson, Dr Michelle Jack, Indigenous Artist and Professor, Jordan Coble, Operations Manager for Sncǝwips Heritage Museum, and Lauren Terbasket, Executive Director for the En’owkin Centre.
"Acknowledgement of where we are on Mother Earth, gives us insight about respect, protocols, and how to proceed with mutual understanding. We can make art within another traditional territory, and at the same time respect where we are standing,” said Dr Michelle Jack.
Julia Trops, past SWAC Chair and co-organizer said, “We know this is a very misunderstood area in working with our Indigenous artists and friends, and feel that presenting this information will aid in more thoughtful relationships.”  
Historical Colonial Impacts & Constructs  will be discussed as well as Cultural Evolution: Rights vs Responsibilities.  Participants can attend all day or just the morning.  Seats are limited and register by March 17 by calling Michelle at 778-581-0089 or via email here.  Lunch is included with the full day registration.
The presentation and subsequent workshop in the afternoon will be videotaped, with a peer review manual planned by the summer.
The En'owkin is a dynamic institution, which puts into practice the principles of self-determination and the validation of cultural aspirations and identity.  Programs include the National Aboriginal Artist Training Program, N’syilxcen Language Studies and the En’owkin Centre is the home of the oldest aboriginal publishing house in Canada, Theytus Books.
Suk’wtemsqilx’w West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC) is a dual culture arts council with members from the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across the interior.  Since our incorporation in 2015, we have become more and more aware of the appropriation of Indigenous culture by non-Indigenous members.


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