Land Claims Celebrated in Historical Photo Exhibition

    Re-creation of a cabin interior the "Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow - A Photo Journey" exhibit at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre

    A new exhibition, “Together Today for our Children Tomorrow – A Photo Journey”, has been unveiled at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre (KDCC) in Whitehorse.

    A new exhibition, “Together Today for our Children Tomorrow – A Photo Journey”, has been unveiled at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre (KDCC) in Whitehorse.  The photo exhibit in the centre displays a historical timeline of land claims in the territory and the individuals and groups that made them possible.  The showcase includes images, maps and a re-creation of a cabin interior, and can be viewed for free at the KDCC until January 31st, when it will begin a tour of communities.

    The display was curated by Carol Geddes of the Teslin Tlingit Council, Danna Darbyshire of Tr’ondek Hwech’in and the Council of Yukon First Nations.  According to Geddes it is a meaningful way to highlight significant players in the land claims agreement process in the Yukon.  Individuals such as Elijah Smith and Jim Boss are featured in the exhibit and displaying the photos and stories in a chronological timeline allows viewers to follow the history of land claims agreements through history.

    Many of the photos had been stored in the Council of Yukon First Nations basement for many years, according to Geddes, and nothing had been done with them, given the important land claims work that was ongoing.  Geddes saw this as a good way to get those photos out in the open so that people could appreciate them.  One corner of the exhibit has also been transformed into a vintage cabin that according to Geddes was designed as a tribute and memory of the cabins her and the other curators. The cabin re-creation evokes the time of the historical 1973 document Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow.

    The exhibit is free to view and can been visited in Whitehorse until January 31st.  Dates for community showings have not yet been finalized.

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