Marianne Ignace is the director of the First Nations Language Centre at Simon Fraser University, and is professor in the departments of Linguistics and First Nations Studies. She currently directs a seven-year SSHRC Partnership Grant on First Nations language revitalization in BC and Yukon, working with 12 diverse language groups. Her own research has focused on Secwepemc, Sm’algyax and Haida language documentation, and she continues to work with with elders and language learners in her home community, Skeetchestn, in her adopted community, Old Massett in Haida Gwaii and with Sm’algyax speakers and learners in Prince Rupert. Her other interests are ethnobotany and Indigenous language story-work.
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Aboriginal Speaker Series: Reclaiming Story with Digital Media
FREE, everyone welcome!
When: Tue, March 21, 2017. 7:00 PM.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the Office for Aboriginal Peoples at SFU, the Indigenous Research Institute, and First Nations Studies at SFU.
"Reclaiming Story, Sense of Place and Deep History with the help of Digital Media"
This presentation discusses the path of re-claiming stories that were recorded from Secwepemc knowledge keepers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Unfortunately, these stories survive in English renditions only. Through collaborative story-writing with elders in her home community, Skeetchestn and other Secwepemc communities, Marianne Ignace and Chief Ron Ignace re-translated and re-claimed them in the Secwepemc language by re-thinking their meaning, style and message, and the places and environments they connect to.
The group then turned them into digital media, accompanied by vibrant illustrations which also involved collaboration between a young artist and elders. Making these available, celebrating them on the land and reconnecting to the places of the stories, but then also making them available as an app to enable digital learning allows new generations of Secwepemc to access them and learn to tell them.
Speaker Series on Aboriginal Issues 2017
Entering its fourth year, this annual lecture series is presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement in partnership with the SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples, the Indigenous Research Institute, and the department of First Nations Studies. Over four weeks in March, this series features a number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, academics, and community members who speak on a variety of topics related to the theme of indigeneity and issues that effect Aboriginal populations in Canada and abroad.
Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!