Though I couldn’t see the prairie skies until the last couple days of the conference it was nice to be back in big sky country. It was great to finally meet my fellow panel-members and we had a wonderful discussion about research involving First Nations people within British Columbia.
I also had a chance to go to a film series hosted by NAHO (National Aboriginal Health Organization). Two films stemming from the 2004 International Indigenous Elders Summit (hosted at Six Nations in Ontario) were shown: Jidwa:doh — Let’s Become Again and Onkwa’nistenhsera — Mothers of our Nations, directed by Dawn Martin-Hill (Mohawk, Wolf Clan), Academic Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University. Both were great pieces and would be wonderful tools for analysis in classrooms, both for younger students as well for teachers-in-training.