media release

Media Advisory: Songhees First Nation and SFU’s Bill Reid Centre sign agreement

June 14, 2011

Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,
David Graham, Bill Reid Centre, 604.682.4179,
Christine Clarke, Songhees First Nation, 250.383.3719

The Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies at Simon Fraser University and the Songhees First Nation will hold a press conference on Thursday, June 16, at 10 am, to sign an agreement regarding the preservation and celebration through multimedia of the cultural achievements of the Songhees First Nation.

The press conference will be held in the Audain Hall of the Bill Reid Gallery, at 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver.

The Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies is within the Department of Archaeology and First Nations Studies at SFU. The Centre was established by the Senate of the University in 2005 and currently shares space with the Bill Reid Gallery. The Centre is devoted to the study of First Nations art of the Northwest Coast as the visual embodiment of a broad cultural development since the end of the last Ice Age.

The Songhees Nation of the Lekwungen Peoples is a Coast Salish community whose traditional territory includes areas on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the San Juan and Gulf Islands. They have a 60 hectare reserve located in Greater Victoria, and an additional 60 hectares of reserve land comprised of a number of islands off the coast of Victoria.

When: Thursday, June 16, 10am-11am
Where: Audain Hall, Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby Street
Who: Songhees First Nation Chief Robert Sam, Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies Director George MacDonald
What: Signing of an agreement between the Songhees First Nation and the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies at SFU

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