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including the impact dams have had on their salmon runs, as compared to
the Fraser River watershed, which has remained protected under the
Pacific Salmon Treaty.
In the afternoon, students learned about the ongoing impacts of forestry
and extractive industries on salmon by travelling up to Adams Lake. The
learning concluded in small group sessions with elders and Secwepemc
knowledge holders at Tsútswecw Provincial Park, the spawning grounds for
the Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run, where they could see the salmon
completing their lifecycle.
For the second- and third-year TRC days, we respond to current local,
regional and national issues and work with local communities and regional
organizations to develop the program. This October, for example, in cooperation
with urban Indigenous service provider organizations, the upper-year
program will include urban Indigenous issues and the topic of missing and
murdered Indigenous women and girls, integrating the findings of the
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
and its calls for justice. These issues carry many dimensions and can prepare
our students for their future work with Indigenous clients and beyond.
TRU Law’s graduating class of 2019 was the first cohort to have completed
the full learning program, through a TRC day in each of their years in law
school. We are now hoping to build this into a permanent part of the program
at TRU Law to integrate all elements of the TRC calls to action into all
of our students’ learning.
1. Thompson Rivers University, “TRU Law Statement on
the Findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”
(9 July 2015), online: <inside.tru.ca/2015/
3. See Marcella LaFever, “Switching from Bloom to the
Medicine Wheel: Creating Learning Outcomes That
Support Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Post-Secondary
Education” (2016) 27:5 Intercultural Education