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The city organizes its first workshop “Stoney History 101”

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The first in a series of four City of Cochrane webinars titled “Stoney History 101” took place via Zoom on November 24th.

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It was led by Gloria Snow, a member of two nations, including the Wesley of the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. Educator and keeper of traditional knowledge, she has already worked with the city as a cultural advisor and sits on the equity and inclusion committee.

The workshop covered topics such as language families, the comprehensive treaty system in Canada, the signing of Treaty Seven, the historical cultural characteristics of the Stoney Nakoda, part of their spirituality, places of spiritual importance, the history of nations with Christianity and the context of the school system.

“Sadly, the promises made in the treaty never came true, and today we live with the result of those choices, such as the mass graves found at Kamloops Indian Residential School and the discoveries to come,” Snow said in its introduction.

“But those who have come from other places, other stories, stories of slavery, stories of displacement, stories of refugee resettlement and persecution, we welcome you to this land of peace. . You are our guests of honor. May you find healing and recovery here. Our destiny is linked in one on this earth. May we learn to live in peace together.

About seventy-five Cochranites took part in the open session. The diverse group of students included teachers, leaders of nonprofits, and many Cochranites (of all ages) looking for a new perspective.

The session lasted two hours. Snow taught his fixed program to the first two-thirds, then answered questions from seminar attendees.