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.
All Grades: Secondary Focus