Experts Discuss Aboriginal Artifact Preservation

Monday, March 31, 2008 at 14:18



An Aboriginal man from the Battlefords believes First Nations and non-First Nations people took a big step Saturday toward understanding how best to preserve Aboriginal artifacts.


About 80 people attended the first Canadian symposium on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage at the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.


It was sponsored by the Museums Association of Saskatchewan.


The goal was to figure out how best to care for Aboriginal artifacts and bring them back home from around the world.


Ray Fox of North Battleford was one of the participants.


Fox is a keeper of the Wandering Spirit gravesite in Battleford, and a member of the SaskCulture board of directors.


He thinks he knows why the care of Aboriginal artifacts is becoming more important.


Fox says with the ongoing residential school reconciliation process, First Nations issues are slowly being seen differently by the Canadian public.


He says non-First Nations people are realizing how First Nations citizens were hurt by decisions made in the past.