INDIGENOUS - Archaeology from Stream to Sea

On the BC coast, archaeologists work closely with First Nation communities to understand some of the ways the First Nations' ancestors have shaped, managed, cared for and lived with the land and sea for millennia. This interactive presentation is about some of the things archaeologists see on a walk from stream to sea, including evidence for traditional fishery, transportation, forestry and mariculture technologies. The presentation begins with an acknowledgment of all the people who have shared their knowledge, from elders and community members to researchers, so we can learn from it in the presentation. We talk about how different ecosystems, from mountaintop to sea floor, have been managed by people over millennia, and how some of these practices will leave visible evidence in the landscape. After the presentation, Nicole will review a number of resources that teachers may wish to use with their classes that explore some of the topics covered.


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1:15 PM - 2:45 PM IN-PERSON
Room 2215

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  • Nicole Smith

    Nicole Smith is an archaeologist, founder of Archaeology in Schools, and author of the new book Dig Deep: Connecting Archaeology, Oceans and Us. She is also the Cultural Heritage Initiatives Coordinator for the UN Ocean Decade Collaborative Centre for the Northeast Pacific, and a steering committee member of the Clam Garden Network. She has been involved in archaeological research on the B.C. coast since 2000, collaborating most closely with First Nations communities, the Hakai Institute, Parks Canada, and university colleagues. As an educator, she has taught anthropology and archaeology, to youth, post-secondary and adult learners, and has taught courses at UVic, Camosun College and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. She loves working with teachers to bring archaeology into elementary and high school classrooms and believes that archaeological stories can inspire people, empower indigenous youth, and facilitate cross-cultural education and understanding.