Cultural Day at CNC
Aboriginal art one of the displays at the College today – photos 250News
Prince George, B.C.- With drums beating, Aboriginal culture was the focus at the College of New Caledonia today.
Laurie Mercer, Manager of the Aboriginal resource Centre at CNC says the day is a chance for Aboriginal people from surrounding areas to share their knowledge especially since some of the elders who hold that knowledge are getting on in age “It’s important for us to share that knowledge. Most times we like to share our knowledge orally, we don’t write our traditions down, we don’t write our songs down, our herbal remedies and some of the booths her, that’s what they’re doing.”
Mercer says since the Truth and reconciliation committees recommendations were made, “This opens the door, we can say, yes we have this knowledge, this is what we do and we’re pleased to share it with people.”
She says there is a bonus for students at the College, as science and biology students can learn from the traditional medicine methods but there are also elementary and high school students who visited the College today “They kind of get an immersion into the Aboriginal culture even though it was for four hours, it still has an impact on them and for our students from the Aboriginal Resource Centre, I feel this gives them the boost they need to complete their courses.” Final exams are getting underway, and Mercer says Cultural Day can give a family connection to those who are attending college from areas outside Prince George and who may not have the support of family that they would normally have.
Booths today included one on language, where Mary Guchie, at age 96, is the oldest member of the Lheidli T’enneh , She was on hand to talk about the dialect.
Traditional story tellers, medicine makers and artists galore were more than willing to share their stories and their knowledge.
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