Timothy Christian, British Columbia Member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada together with Parks Canada and members of the Nlaka’pamux Nation unveiled a plaque commemorating Nlaka’pamux basket-making at an event in Lytton BC on Tuesday, September 4th.
Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada “advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the national historic significance of places, people, and events that have marked Canada’s history.” British Columbia has a number of places, people and events of national historic significance, which you can learn more about on the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations.
The baskets made by Nlaka’pamux women are vital to all aspects of life from cradling babies to storing goods. With the creation of each basket, the Nlaka’pamux women crafted a legacy that far exceeds the physical brilliance of each item. Basket-making is central to Nlaka’pamux cultural identity, signifying the role of women as culture bearers. The craft is a tangible expression of Nlaka’pamux culture, and embodies historical memory.
“The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. On behalf of the Government of Canada, we commemorate the national historic significance of Nlaka’pamux Basket-Making. These baskets embody the cultural identity of the Nlaka’pamux and the central role of women in its preservation. Historic designations reflect Canada’s rich and varied history and I encourage all Canadians to learn more about Nlaka’pamux Basket-Making and its important contributions to Canada’s heritage.”
—Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission – Matsqui – Fraser Canyon