Six Seasons partners create digital portal for community history

A new initiative to promote Indigenous Heritage Learning was announced by Nelson House - Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) Family and Community Wellness Centre recently, a partner of the Six Seasons of Asiniskaw Ithiniwak project. DecisionWorks Consulting (DWC), working in partnership with Six Seasons team members, interviewed with the purpose of gathering information and insights about traditional knowledge, cultural practices, and historical events of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. The goal of the interviews was to preserve and document the cultural heritage of the community, as well as to gain a better understanding of the community's worldview, values, and customs. The overall theme of this initiative is entitled “Reconciling the Past to Build the Future.”

NCN has engaged DecisionWorks Consulting to collaborate with them to build an engaging and interactive online portal. The purpose of the portal is to help members of the Nelson House community remember what the environment was like before the 1977 flood by the Churchill River Diversion Project. This portal recreates certain key areas in the Traditional Territory with the hope that being able to encounter the historical landscapes will help transmit the oral traditions and re-affirm the identity of the local community members. The overall message is that there is hope for the future and the environment is starting to overcome the damaging flood but in order to genuinely appreciate this recovery, community members need to recognize and reconcile with what was lost.

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3D Illustration to Experience Original Nelson House Settlement -