Ts’lhnuts’umaat Traditional Teaching

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Florence James
Working Better Together Conference
February 19, 2015

In this presentation, Coast Salish Elder Florence James of Penelakut Island shares “Ts’lhnuts’umaat” which is a traditional teaching about being “the whole family.” Florence shared her teaching to assist participants who gathered for the “Working Better Together Conference on Indigenous Research Ethics” that took place February 18-20th, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The conference brought together 80 community-engaged academic and community researchers, educators, practitioners, policy analysts and research administrators from across Canada to explore what it really means – and what it takes – to work collaboratively in Indigenous research.

The event was organized by the Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) project based at Simon Fraser University and co-sponsored by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, and the Ethics Program of the International Society of Ethnobiology Alliance for Biocultural Diversity. Major funding was provided through an Impact (Partnership) Award to the IPinCH project from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSRHC).

Conference Website: https://indigenousresearchethics2015.wordpress.com