Jordan Coble

AlterKnowledge series visits Sncəwips Heritage Museum

Discussion will focus on how heritage organizations shape public ideas of history

  • Nov. 19, 2015 6:00 p.m.

The UBC Okanagan’s AlterKnowledge Discussion Series is altering its location and going on a bit of a field trip.

Event organizers, UBCO assistant professor Allison Hargreaves and associate professor David Jefferess, will host this week’s AlterKnowledge discussion at the Sncəwips Heritage Museum in Westbank on Friday, Nov. 20, starting at 7 p.m.

The theme of the evening will be a discussion about identity, relationship, and place through the lens of syilx (Okanagan) heritage practices, explained Hargreaves.

“Museums foster vital public engagement with the living memory of a community’s heritage and knowledge,” she said.

The evening begins with a brief tour of the museum space led by curatorial and heritage researcher Jordan Coble, a UBC Okanagan alumnus. Once the tour is complete, participants will talk about the role played by heritage organizations in shaping public notions of history.

“We will also discuss what it means for both indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to encounter these histories from the sqilxw (First Nations) perspective,” said Hargreaves.

The AlterKnowledge Discussion series aims to bring people together to discuss, share and learn. This year, as part of the university’s Centennial celebration, the AlterKnowledge Centennial Series will focus on critical engagements with the way colonialism continues to shape relationships, identity, and place.

The Sncəwips Heritage Museum event is free and open to the public. Directions to the museum can be found at

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