"The Indigenous Foundation of BC's Resource Economy"

This mini-keynote serves as an introduction to the focus group on the Role of Indigenous Labour in BC's Early History. An understanding of Indigenous perspectives in BC and Canadian History will be supported with the offering of 5 addtional workshops.

This keynote presentation reviews the role that Indigenous peoples, resources, and knowledge played in the establishment of BC's industrial resource economy.  Specific attention is placed on the role of labour and capital in the colonial restructuring of Indigenous economies and how those early struggles have left a legacy that must be redressed in today’s processes of reconciliation.

Target Audience

All Grades: Secondary Focus


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Room Theatre

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  • Charles Menzies

    "Charles Menzies is a member of the Gitxaała Nation on BC's north coast and enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska. Professor Menzies is one of only a dozen Indigenous faculty in the Faculty of Arts at UBC.  He achieved his Ph.D in the Anthropology Program at the City University of New York.  Professor Menzies' primary research interests are the production of anthropological films, natural resource management (primarily fisheries related), political economy, contemporary First Nations' issues, maritime anthropology and the archaeology of north coast BC.
    His current research project, Laxyuup Gitxaała, combines archaeology and socio anthropology to document the traditional territory of Gitxaała Nation."