Canadians celebrate 150 years of the country’s history this year, yet many will be at a loss to reflect on the people who have been here for thousands of years.
A conference in Victoria this week aims to change at least some of that by examining the history of First Nations on Vancouver Island and the colonial treaties that affected their livelihoods and cultural rights forever.
“Most people in Victoria don’t realize we’re on treaty land,” said John Lutz, a University of Victoria historian and scholar on indigenous and colonial histories. Lutz is one of the organizers of First Nations, Land and James Douglas: Indigenous and Treaty Rights in the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1849-1864.
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