Langara ARC embarks on projects with Williams Lake First Nation, IRSHDC to foster healing, restore knowledge

Langara College’s Applied Research Centre will be embarking on projects in partnership with Williams Lake First Nation and the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC), thanks to new funding. The first project will develop a model of healing from the trauma of residential schools and hospitals in British Columbia with the goal of reducing alienation and suicide among Secwepemc youth; while the second project is focused on the development of a model of community-driven archival research to restore knowledge and dismantle untruths. Langara students and Secwepemc youth will work as research assistants on these projects alongside community members and research staff. The projects will help support Indigenous sovereignty and control for Indigenous researchers, as members of the Secwepemc community will be trained as peer researchers as part of this work, building capacity that will remain in the community moving forward.

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