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“That Which Sustains Us” Exhibition at Museum of Vancouver Opening Ceremony online June 3rd
June 3 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Opening June 3, 2021! Live on YouTube
That Which Sustains Us is a long-term exhibition that will explore the convergence of different knowledge traditions in the Vancouver area through an examination of people’s interactions with forests and their natural environment. It will do so by showcasing traditional ecological knowledge related to forests; consequences of the deforestation and urbanization of Vancouver; and the possibility of returning to sustainable land use practices in the Greater Vancouver area. The thread that will connect these narratives is the idea that culture ultimately shapes how people choose to interact with the natural world. Teachings that embrace stewardship leave less obvious traces on the land, when compared to historical viewpoints that commodified “natural resources” like wood and promoted the clearing of land as a pre-requisite of “ownership”.
Community representatives from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, environmental historians, and forestry researchers, have attended consultation sessions to help shape thematic concepts for this project. The exhibition will avoid using a narrative of progression, instead framing arboreal life through a set of lenses:
Land and Water