Voices from the Community

The creativity and toughness of indigenous culture is never more present than within its people. If not for their strength and resilience, indigenous communities would fall in silence. If not for the voices of their people, stories could no longer be shared. These carved cedar posts could no longer be called totems. Let us look at how their stories, legacies, and values are being kept alive to this day.

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Amelia Rea
Amelia Rea

Amelia Rea is an 18-year-old youth from Haida Gwaii. She belongs to the Ts’iits G’itanee Eagle clan and descends from Lucy Frank. Amelia is an advocate for Haida language and culture. She grew up going to language camps, classes and conferences with her mom. She won the Tahayghen Rosa Bell Haida Language award and was the top student in her Haida language class. Her voice can be heard in the Haidawood Yaanii K’uuga animation. Being beside her mom has led her to co-present her mom’s Haida Language Revitalization thesis at UVIC, the International Conference of Language Conservation and Documentation and at the International Haida language conferences. She has performed in many traditional Potlatches and has traveled to the National Museum of the American Indian, the American Museum of Natural History, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Celebration in Juneau. She loves culture-sharing! Visit Amelia Rea's Gallery

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