Viewing Canada's First Nations Through Language
Viewing Canada's First Nations through the language used to describe them. Why do we use the terms First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Aboriginal, Indigenous, status and treaty? What is the politically correct terminology for Indigenous people in Canada? How did words used in the past serve to limit Indigenous people? How can the language of equality be used to heal our past relationships?
Gary hails from the Bulkley Valley around the Telkwa/Smithers/Houston/Burns Lake region in north-central British Columbia. Gary is also from the Wit'suwit'en First Nation. Many names in the Bulkley Valley reflect the Wit'suwit'en Culture, including names like Telkwa and Suskwa. Gary holds a degree from University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, as well as a Professional Development Program Certificate (PDP) and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from Simon Fraser University. Before returning to school, he worked as the Wit'suwit'en fisheries manager and grew up watching the Delgamuukw court case wind it's way through court. Gary believes that he grew up in one of the nicest places in the world and often tells people in the Lower Mainland, "If you haven't seen Northern B.C. you haven't seen B.C."
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