Awakening the Spirit Conference

Indigenous culture and language revitalization through land, water and sky

An Indigenous conference on the revitalization of Indigenous cultures and languages on the unceded and occupied territory of the Musqueam people.

A collaborative partnership between Musqueam Indian Band, Thompson Rivers University and the University Of British Columbia.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together local, provincial, national and international Indigenous community and university-based peoples who are working to revitalize Indigenous cultures and languages. In the spirit of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action (2015) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), this conference aims to privilege the voices of indigenous peoples engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue, action and research.
It is also intended to be a forum for networking and exchanging ideas, experiences and research on topics relating to Indigenous culture and language revitalization.
We invite abstracts from community members, students and academics.

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2017 Conference Organizing Committee Members

Shelly Johnson, Thompson Rivers University
Corrina Sparrow, Musqueam Indian Band
Jo-Ann Archibald, University of British Columbia
Andrea Lyall, University of British Columbia
Ashley Rosman, Conference Assistant

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October 18 – 20, 2017

Musqueam Indian Band, 6735 Salish Drive,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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