BC First Nation corrects historical record

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One of the many hats I wear as an applied scholar-practitioner is ethno-historian. Over the last fifteen years I've helped to piece together some really interesting parts of Canadian history: the birth of Saskatchewan as a province; Metis ethnogensis in the Canadian Maritimes; and Tsimshian territoriality in northern British Columbia.

Since 2001, I have worked with the Kitselas First Nation providing research  services in support of their treaty negotiations, and more recently in connection to major project developments in their territories.

A couple of months ago, Kitselas' Director of Treaty Implementation and former Chief, Glenn Bennett, contacted me to see if I could help him track down an important piece of Kitselas history: a portrait of High Ranking Ghanada Chief Samuel Guam from 1926. The portrait was painted by famous Canadian artist, Edwin Holgate during his brief visit to Kitselas territory in the 1920s, a time aof great change and importance for many First Nations in northern British Columbia.  

Many people in the community had never seen this portrait before. After some research, I was able to track down the portrait at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and arrange for the community to acquire reproductions.  

Read this recent story of Kitsleas' efforts to correct the historical record through art in the Oct. 14 edition of the Terrace Standard.

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