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Dealing with ‘erasure’: The role of Indigenous knowledge in drawing maps of Canada – Global News

by ahnationtalk on December 14, 202226 Views

December 14, 2022

It’s early spring on the South Coast of B.C. – not exactly swimming weather.

But some “citizen scientists” are taking the plunge: snorkeling in the frigid waters of Howe Sound, or Átl’ḵa7tsem (pronounced ‘Atkatsim’ in the Squamish language). They’re looking for a minuscule but all-important fish – herring.

The presence of herring in these waters is an indication of a healthy ecosystem; the fish provide food for creatures right up the food chain.

“One of the sayings that I heard was that if there’s herring there’s hope,” says Jonathan Williams, one of the divers, who is an Indigenous youth from the Squamish Nation.

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