Sto:lo History and Culture Learning Day

Sto:lo History and Culture Learning Day
Cost: Suggested donation of $15 at the door.
Contact: Brander McDonald

There will be a third Sto:lo History & Culture Learning Day. Come hear local Fraser Valley Indigenous leadership voice their expertize and passion on various subjects regarding history, governance, treaty, land, sovereignty, residential schools, healing, relationship, justice, social justice, language and culture.

The day will feature information on Sto:lo History and Culture. The main speakers will be again be Sto:lo Sonny McHalsie of the Sto:lo Siems Anthropology Department. Those who attended the 2nd Sto:lo History and Culture day said they wanted to hear from Sonny again.

This a one in a series of dialogues that we are engaging upon with our Indigenous neighbours.

About the Speaker

Naxexelhts’i, also know as Albert (Sonny) McHalsie, is one of the most knowledgeable local historians, specializing in the area of Sto:Lo heritage and culture. He will talk to us about the history and traditions of the Sto:Lo people. He is currently the Director & Cultural Advisor of the Stó:lo Research and Resource Management Centre. The Centre operates on behalf of the Stó:lo Nation and Stó:lo Tribal Council – representing 18 of the 24 Stó:lo Bands within the Lower Fraser River Watershed of southwestern British Columbia. Sonny has interviewed many Stó:lo Elders and researched various aspects of Stó:lo culture and history. Sonny was a contributing author of You Are Asked To Witness: The Stó:lo in Canada’s Pacific Coast History(1996). He was alsoa co-author of the book I am Stó:lo: Katherine explores her heritage (1997) – focusing on his family and his daughter Katherine. He sat on the editorial board and was a contributor to the award winning publication A Stó:lo Coast Salish Historical Atlas (2001). He has worked for the Stó:lo since 1985. Some of his areas of expertise include Stó:lo Place Names and cultural landscape features. He is a member of the Shxw’owhamel First Nation, is married, and is the proud father of two girls and six boys, and grandfather to one grandson. Sonny also represents his family as the Siya:m within the traditional Shxw’owhamel Siyá:m Council. He continues to fish at his ancestral fishing grounds located in the Stó:lo Territory.

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