Call for Participation – 2015 Kwikwetlem /kəәˈlōkwēəәm/ Colloquium, at Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, B.C, July 23-25, 2015

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Call for Participation

Invitation to community and academic experts and researchers of Coast Salish culture. Successful applicants will submit a brief proposal
to before July 5th, 2015.

All Nations Festival and The Coast Salish Cultural Network are pleased to the announce that the 2015 Kwikwetlem /kəәˈlōkwēəәm/ Colloquium—held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, B.C on July 23-25, 2015—is now accepting applications for participation from academic and community-based researchers, cultural leaders, cultural practitioners, artists, leaders, Elders and youth. We are accepting academic papers, research, panels and workshops that address critical and relevant issues such as Coast Salish cultural resilience, cultural erasure, youth cultural leadership, and the role of infrastructure for economic sustainability of Coast Salish artistic production.

The colloquium will bring more than one hundred participants to Douglas College (Coquitlam campus) and Evergreen Cultural Centre and Lafarge Lake Park. Co-hosted by the Kwikwetlem and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and Douglas College, this gathering of First Nations cultural leaders, scholars and artists will explore the historic role of culture in indigenous sovereignty movements in the region, transborder issues, First Nations-led efforts at re-indigenizing/decolonizing urban centres, preservation of Coast Salish languages, and more.

Selected presentations will be those that subvert and challenge Coast Salish cultural erasure whilst highlighting cultural resilience and exposing practical and creative pathways toward engagement, preservation, revitalization and innovation in Coast Salish artistic and cultural practices. Proposals will be a minimum of 200 words and will be sent for peer review to the Conference Committee before the submission deadline.


For decades, Coast Salish culture was seen as indistinguishable from Northwest Coast culture, a misconception related to a recurring blind spot in colonial thinking, which deems all Indigenous or “Aboriginal” cultures to be selfsame. Although this outlook changed in the 1950s, in terms of First Nations cultural awareness across BC, other regions and cultures have long been given priority and precedence in academic understanding and memory. In this way, a hierarchy is sustained over what cultures and traditions are valued as worthy of being recognized and preserved.

The Kwikwetlem /kəәˈlōkwēəәm/ Colloquium seeks to reverse and subvert these trends while also creating a welcoming, celebratory format that calls for, and highlights, existing, cultural production by and for Coast Salish people. In this respect, the colloquium exists as a corrective to the erasure, amnesia and subsequent aporia that exists in scholastic research regarding Coast Salish culture.

The broader goal of the Kwikwetlem /kəәˈlōkwēəәm/ Colloquium is to advance the careers of professional Indigenous artists, academics and researchers in Coast Salish Territory through programming, education, outreach, and networking. The colloquium aims to recognize, support, preserve and revitalize the richness of Coast Salish culture, language and fine arts. The revival of Coast Salish culture is vital such that the youth may begin to create from their original foundations. The intergenerational transfer of Oral History and cultural knowledge promises to connect youth to Pre-Indian Act culture.

The Keynote address will be delivered by awarding-winning author, teacher and grandmother, Professor Lee Maracle, from the Sto:lo Nation. Ms. Maracle is currently a Mentor for Aboriginal Students at University of Toronto where she also teaches and works as the Traditional Cultural Director for the Indigenous Theatre School. Professor Gwendolyn Point from the University of Fraser Valley will be introducing Ms. Maracle’s keynote. Dr. Point is a respected Stó:lo leader, mentor, and cultural advisor who has contributed her cultural knowledge and experience to numerous books, conferences, workshops, and communities.

The colloquium will also feature a keynote by Professor Bruce Granville Miller from UBC’s Department of Anthropology, author of “Be of Good Mind: Essays on the Coast Salish.” More than thirty other Coast Salish artists and cultural leaders and academics will present a range of workshops and panel discussions.

For additional information about this call for people wishing to submit academic papers or sessions, feel free to contact Dr. Bill Angelbeck at Douglas College ( For more details about the call for Coast Salish artists and cultural workers contact


Works with artists and organizations to help nurture and develop Coast Salish culture and identity. Steering Committee: Lee Maracle, Charlene Aleck, Gabriel George, Ronnie Dean Harris, Cease Wyss, Brandon Gabriel, Rueben George. Irwin Oostindie (ex-officio member).


A Coast Salish Festival of music, food, and ideas celebrating our shared future. The gathering includes 8 events across 3 exciting days: July 23-25, 2015 at Lafarge Lake Park, Evergreen Cultural Centre and Douglas College (David Lam Campus), Kwikwetlem / Coquitlam / Coast Salish Territory.

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