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BC Metis Federation builds relationship with Nikkei community at cultural centre year-end event

BC Metis Federation Director of Research Joe Desjarlais was invited by Karah Goshinmon Foster, Executive Director of the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, to visit the Nikkei Centre at a recent traditional year-end event, Mochitsuki (or ‘mochi pounding’).

Director of Research Desjarlais stated, “Many thanks to Karah for the invitation to attend the cultural event! I brought my son Brandon, and we were impressed with the beautiful cultural facility and sense of support for the Japanese Canadian community at this well-attended event!  I am hopeful that we can continue to expand our research relationship in a good way, where the Japanese Canadian community and the Metis community in the Pacific Northwest can learn more about one another. BCMF seeks to enter the Nikkei archives in the new year as a first step.”
The future looks promising next year as BC Metis Federation seeks to expand research relationships and, in the process, advance local Metis’ self-determination and well-being!
For more on cutting-edge community-based efforts to uncover and repatriate the lost history and memory in the entire Pacific Northwest, including lost kinship relationships, have a look at the Community-based Research Portal at: https://bcmetis.com/programs-services/community-based-research-portal/
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