Anthropologist builds 土著–municipal connections



科尔多瓦湾海滩上的汤姆. 信贷:布莱恩·托姆

A local anthropologist who has dedicated much of his career to supporting 土著 Peoples’ land rights is the latest recipient of the Leadership Victoria Award for Extending Reconciliation.

葡萄京官方网站 anthropologist 布莱恩•托姆 is a leading expert in the interplay between 土著 cultural connections to place, and the legal and political consequences of colonial discourses in 加拿大 and internationally. The extending reconciliation 奖 acknowledges his latest work with W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council and the District of Saanich to Indigenize municipal land use planning in the Cordova Bay area.

“Arriving in my new 社区 of Cordova Bay five years ago, I realized I knew next to nothing about the particular 土著 histories of this place, so I spent some sabbatical time reviewing ethnographic and archival records, connecting with members in the W̱SÁNEĆ 社区 and becoming more informed,”托姆说.

After attending a public meeting about the proposed Cordova Bay Local Area Plan, Thom offered his expertise to the District of Saanich and the local land use planners, who had little information about 土著 histories and values related to Cordova Bay.

“I showed my preliminary findings to senior planning staff and walked them through a Google Earth map I had compiled with records from the 葡萄京官方网站 图书馆, Archives and the Royal BC Museum,”托姆说.

“在我的档案研究中, I also found numerous archaeological and burial sites that had been reported from 1946-1984, but never incorporated into the province’s archaeological database,”托姆说.

Thom worked with BC Archaeology Branch staff to get the information into BC’s records system, which in turn triggered new consultations with W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations and a last-minute archaeological investigation before a major new development in Cordova Bay got underway.

Recognizing the opportunity the proposed Local Area Plan gave to move the municipality's relationship with First Nations to a proactive stance, Thom facilitated the very first joint meeting of the leadership of the District of Saanich and W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council in May 2019. 事件, funded in part from a grant from the 教师 of 社会科学, followed Coast Salish protocols, 演讲者和证人, and became a platform to bring out 土著 oral histories and teachings related to Cordova Bay. For elected officials and senior staff, hearing the histories and priorities of W̱SÁNEĆ peoples was an inflection point, igniting new commitments to incorporate these values into land use planning and build relationships for other municipal processes.

Together with Elder Eric Pelkey and staff from W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, Thom developed a detailed report for how the District of Saanich might incorporate a more fully realized vision of 土著 land values into their Local Area Plan, 土地使用规章制度, 官方的社区计划, and suggestions for future research. They also worked  together to educate and inform the public about the histories of the ancient village of ȾEL¸IȽĆE in Cordova Bay.

The new Cordova Bay Local Area Plan was unanimously approved at a public hearing this March. 要实现这一愿景, WLC and Saanich entered into the ÁTOL,NEUEL (“Respecting One Another”) Memorandum of Understanding. The work charts out a vision for recognizing and respecting 土著 values and priories in the 社区 for the next 20-30 years

“I hope the process of incorporating 土著 priorities into land use planning can be an inspiration for other municipalities to go beyond the territorial acknowledgment to recognizing and respecting First Nation’s territories and ancestral places,”托姆.



关键词: 社区, , 土著, 行政, 人类学

人: 布莱恩•托姆

出版: 戒指