The TRUFA Ad Hoc Decolonization, Reconciliation and Indigenization Committee (DRIC) presents the
2018–2019 Secwepemc Calendar
The purpose of the Secwepemc calendar is three-fold. First, it is meant to respectfully acknowledge the Secwepemc people, language, culture and their unceded and occupied lands upon which TRUFA is located. Second, it is meant to highlight Secwepemctsín, the language of the Secwepemc people. Secwepemctsín is the prominent language in the calendar’s days of the week, and in the names of the months. The calendar also provides information pertaining to the Secwepemc seasons, and the activities common during those months. Third, it is a purposeful act to Decolonize and Indigenize our collective work and to work towards Reconciliation between TRU and Indigenous peoples. Dates in the calendar are inclusive of many faiths, ancestries and governmental observances.
The calendar is the first project of Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association’s (TRUFA’s) newly developed Ad Hoc Decolonization, Reconciliation and Indigenization Committee (DRIC). It was conceptualized and developed by DRIC co-chair Dr Shelly Johnson (Saulteaux – Associate professor and Canada Research Chair), and DRIC members June Kelly (Secwepemc – Faculty of Education) and Dr Natalie Clark (Welsh, Irish & Métis – School of Social Work). The calendar furthers the work of Janice Dick Billy for the Secwepemctsín calendar concept, and Marie Matthew for information pertaining to the Secwepemc seasons. We acknowledge and thank June Kelly (Neskonlith) and Mona Jules (Simpc) for their Secwepemctsín language expertise and guidance. Special kukstemc and recognition to Robbi Forsythe (Métis), graphic designer and DRIC member, for her work to design the calendar. Pictures were gathered from numerous Indigenous and non-indigenous photographers of Secwepemc lands, berries, plants, animals and salmon. The cover photograph of Sk’elep (coyote) was chosen to highlight Sk’elep’s importance in Secwepemc stories. With his ears pointed in opposite directions, Sk’elep is known as a trickster and recognized as a helper to Secwpemc people. Oral history stories are told of Sk’elep’s powers to transform into anything; and how Sk’elep can die and come back to life. Coyote/Sk’elep is used in stories as an example of how to behave properly, and through these examples, helps people realize the consequences of improper behaviour. Secwepemctsín language speaker Mona Jules has recorded the calendar’s names of the months and the days of the week in the Secwepemctsín language so that language learners may listen to the sound file, and practice Secwepemctsín words as a personal act of decolonization/ Indigenization and Secwepemc language revitalization.
Both the calendar and sound files may be accessed at this link by April 13, 2018
Shelly Johnson / Mukwa Musayett
Canada Research Chair in Indigenizing Higher Education
Please note: The next DRIC meeting will take place on April 20th from 1:30-3:00 pm in the Aboriginal Research Offices, HOL Floor 1. All are welcome.