[PAST EVENT] AGSC Speaker Series: Dr. George Nicholas, Simon Fraser University

April 26, 2016
5pm - 6:30pm
Washington Hall, Room 201
241 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Dr. George Nicholas (Simon Fraser University)

Shifting from ?Consult? to ?Consent?: Social Responsibility in Indigenous Heritage Research and Archaeology

When Indigenous peoples are denied direct and meaningful engagement in decision making, historical presentations and heritage policies are ineffective at best and harmful at worst. Access to and control over one?s own heritage is a basic human right essential to identity, well-being and worldview. In settler countries, the historic separation of Indigenous peoples from their heritage, as well as the appropriation and commodification of their culture, not only results in considerable economic and cultural harms, but can be considered a form of violence. Community-based heritage initiatives are capable of challenging colonial structures in the research process without compromising the integrity of archaeology. In this presentation I share lessons learned as director of the IPinCH Project (Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage; 2008-2016), and from 25 years of working with Indigenous groups in North America and elsewhere.

Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) Project website: {{http://www.sfu.ca/ipinch/}}

There will also be a small reception in WASH101 after the talk to continue discussion, with food and beverages provided.