Thompson Rivers University
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Awakening the Spirit Research Project

Awakening the Spirit: A Musqueam Canoe and Language Revitalization Research Project A 3-year Insight Grant funded by SSHRC and the Musqueam Indian Band

By Shelly Johnson/Mukwa Musayett (Thompson Rivers University, Canada Research Chair in Indigenizing Higher Education and Associate Professor) — Updated June 21, 2017.


Part 1: Our Creation Story

The first cedar canoe carved in Musqueam Indian Band in over 30 years launched into the confluence of the Fraser River and the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 6, 2016. The 350-year-old Old Woman log, so named for the circle of Indigenous women who envisioned the research project, was transformed over a three-month continuous carving process into a Tribal Journey canoe.

Part 2: Awakening the Spirit Video

Our research team is pleased to announce the release of this 21-minute video that tells the story of a 3 year canoe and language revitalization project between the Musqueam Indian Band (in Vancouver), Thompson Rivers University and UBC Vancouver. Awakening the Spirit is a video that will be screened at Musqueam Indian Band during their National Ibdigenpus Peoples' Day celebrations and will be shown at NAISA 2017 on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at UBC.