This research is being conducted through funding provided by TMEP (Transmountain Expansion Project) and serves many purposes including recovering Métis identity and the history of Métis here, locally in B.C. We have already established the presence of Métis here in this Province prior to effective control, and kinship networks were created and still exist to this day. The studies will include information about how our communities interact with the land along the pipeline corridor, and how that relationship has evolved over time. We know that we have been erased from the historical record, so we have a challenge ahead. The communities themselves will be able to benefit from the knowledge they gain through this process. This is all part of a broader goal of self-determination.
Community Researchers will visit archives, gather information, conduct interviews, and fill gaps through storytelling and story mapping. The relational connections between the researchers and their community are so important and truthfully, the process is just as important as the outcome here. We know that our researchers will have to do a lot of digging, and piece our collective history together as we understand the effects of the systemic erasure and oppression of Métis people in B.C.
We will be featuring blog posts written and prepared by our Community Researchers here on this blog!