More Than a Rewrite: Challenging and Changing Commemorative Practise
Issues in commemoration and public history practice go beyond rewrites and removals of contested monuments. Inclusion and representation of relevant Indigenous voices remain essential to creating or re-creating effective commemoration in the lands now known as Canada.
This session will explore how commemoration can create a dynamic and relevant dialogue on historical narratives that connect to current initiatives of inclusion and Indigenization. With examples from the presenter’s projects and case studies like the Shingwauk site, participants will be invited to imagine new ways of commemorating history in their communities and analyze how current commemoration can perpetuate colonialism or erase Indigenous narratives from their understandings of history.
Presenter bio: Skylee-Storm Hogan-Stacey (they/them) is a Historian with Know History based out of what is now known as Ottawa, Ontario, on the unceded territories of the Algonquin. They have worked on a variety of public history research, oral history, and commemoration projects that centre on the experiences and voices of Indigenous peoples.
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