"I was so grateful to be home on Haida Gwaii for the ceremony to commemorate the remains of the first 215 Indigenous children uncovered at the Kamloops Residential school."

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Travel Report: Lucy Bell

Lucy Bell, a PhD student in Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies received an Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Award (GIRTA) to further her research in Santiago, Chile.

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March 02, 2022

Haw’aa for the Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Award!  This bursary supported my travel to Haida Gwaii to begin my dissertation research.  After navigating and respecting local COVID-19 safety precautions, I isolated for 2 weeks once I landed on Haida Gwaii.  I was set loose to begin my consultations in Old Massett and Skidegate.  I was able to meet with members of the Haida Repatriation Committee, Old Massett Village Council and the Haida Gwaii Museum staff.   I also had a chance to assess the Haida museology records in the community that could contribute to my research.  I was also so grateful to be home on Haida Gwaii for the ceremony to commemorate the remains of the first 215 Indigenous children uncovered at the Kamloops Residential school.  In my downtime, I was grateful to stroll the beautiful beaches and do some deep thinking about my Haida museology research and eat fresh salmon. Haw’aa!  Dalang ahl kil ‘laagang!