Proposal Title

SESSION 3.2: Building Community across the Lifespan with Métis Citizens in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia

Presentation Type

Individual paper

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

3-5-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

3-5-2019 12:15 PM

Disciplines

Community Health | Indigenous Studies

Abstract

What does it mean to be Métis in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia? While Métis citizens have been present within the region for the past two-hundred years, and have played a significant role in shaping this region of the province, many are unable to answer this question. This is largely related to negative effects of colonialism. It is essential that knowledge around Métis culture and history is expanded, as this gap leads to significant mental health challenges for Métis citizens. In order to begin to address these challenges, the Fraser Valley Métis Association partnered with the University of the Fraser Valley to host a Métis specific health and wellness camp in 2018 for children age 8-13. Through this community –led project, adults (n=15) and children (n=10) were able to learn from each other and built supportive relationships within the Fraser Valley. Data collected included photographs, videos, and discussion transcripts. Within this presentation, we will explore intersecting issues highlighted by Métis children including racism, segregation, and challenges with self-esteem. We will then explore how adults worked to shift these perspectives, while creating a safe and brave space within the region for children to begin to process the effects of colonialism. Finally, we will examine ways in which we can utilize the data to inform future camps and programming, something that is usually overlooked during community planning and development.

Comments

This will be co-presented between Dr. Cooper and Ms. Hale.

Dr. Cooper is a researcher at the University of the Fraser Valley. Ms. Hale is both a student at the University of the Fraser Valley and an active member of the Fraser Valley Métis Association.

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May 3rd, 10:45 AM May 3rd, 12:15 PM

SESSION 3.2: Building Community across the Lifespan with Métis Citizens in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia

IB 1020

What does it mean to be Métis in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia? While Métis citizens have been present within the region for the past two-hundred years, and have played a significant role in shaping this region of the province, many are unable to answer this question. This is largely related to negative effects of colonialism. It is essential that knowledge around Métis culture and history is expanded, as this gap leads to significant mental health challenges for Métis citizens. In order to begin to address these challenges, the Fraser Valley Métis Association partnered with the University of the Fraser Valley to host a Métis specific health and wellness camp in 2018 for children age 8-13. Through this community –led project, adults (n=15) and children (n=10) were able to learn from each other and built supportive relationships within the Fraser Valley. Data collected included photographs, videos, and discussion transcripts. Within this presentation, we will explore intersecting issues highlighted by Métis children including racism, segregation, and challenges with self-esteem. We will then explore how adults worked to shift these perspectives, while creating a safe and brave space within the region for children to begin to process the effects of colonialism. Finally, we will examine ways in which we can utilize the data to inform future camps and programming, something that is usually overlooked during community planning and development.