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Commemorating Pandosy: Why and How are Settler "Founders" Remembered?

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Father Pandosy Mission

3685 Benvoulin Rd

Kelowna, BC V1W 4M7

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From Mi’kmaq initiatives to remove the statue of Cornwallis in Halifax to calls for renaming schools named for Sir John A. McDonald, Canada’s ongoing colonial history and the valorization of colonists is increasingly the subject of public debate. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada identifies Commemoration as a key component of its 94 Calls to Action, calling upon the “federal government, in collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal organizations, and the arts community, to develop a reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration.” This work of reconciliation must also happen at the local community level.

In this workshop discussion, participants will be invited to critically reflect upon how Father Pandosy and early European settlement is represented at the Pandosy Mission site and throughout the community, comparing the official heritage with narratives published by members of the syilx/Okanagan nations. Why is Pandosy so central to the story of Kelowna? How is he commemorated? What experiences and realities are marginalized or ignored in this process?

PLEASE DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER

PLEASE BRING A LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET TO SIT ON FOR THE DISCUSSION PORTION OF THE EVENT.


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Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on during the discussion portion of the event. Bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, water, etc. Please take all belongings and garbage with you when leaving.

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You can contact david.jefferess@ubc.ca

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Father Pandosy Mission

3685 Benvoulin Rd

Kelowna, BC V1W 4M7

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