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October 13, 2023

Museums and ChillMuseums and Chill – The Rematriation of the Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole

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In this episode of Museums and Chill, we welcome Sigidimnak’ Noxs Ts’aawit, Dr. Amy Parent and Barbara Fillion to talk about the rematriation of the House of Ni’isjoohl memorial pole

The House of Ni’isjoohl memorial pole makes its way home from Scotland as the first totem pole rematriated from the United Kingdom. The rematriation of the pole is the result of a year-long discussion and close collaboration between the Nisg̱a’a Nation and the National Museum of Scotland.

The term “rematriation” reframes the concept of “repatriation” by grounding the process of recovering belongings in Indigenous law — and is more closely in alignment with Nisg̱a’a matrilineal society.

Witness history unfold as this memorial pole returns home, marking a pivotal moment in museum repatriation.

This episode’s host

Anapaula García Soto is Communications Coordinator at the International Council of Museums. Before joining ICOM, Anapaula worked on different communication projects. She holds a B.A. on Communication and Digital Media from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and a Masters in Creative Project Management, Culture and Design from the Rennes School of Business and the École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne.

This Episode’s Guests

Sigidimnak’ Noxs Ts’aawit, Dr. Amy Parent  Ph.D. in Education from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Education & Governance (Tier 2) in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Tier 2. During her pre-tenure years, she held faculty appointments in the Faculty of Education at SFU and the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. Since returning to SFU, Dr. Amy Parent is focusing her decolonizing efforts in the Curriculum and Instruction: Equity Studies in Education Program and supporting the Indigenization of the faculty’s governance, programmatic, and course offerings with colleagues, and a member of the Indigenous Education Reconciliation Council. She is also the Associate Director for the SFU Cassidy Centre for Educational Justice (formerly the Centre for Education Law & Society).

Barbara Fillion Culture Programme Officer at Canadian Commission for UNESCO. 20 years of extensive museum experience including education, management and administration, program development, exhibition development, media relations, fundraising, with a focus on trans-disciplinary, cross-cultural and bilingual initiatives.


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