Kahkewistahaw First Nation Micro Museum Project
The Kahkewistahaw First Nation of southern Saskatchewan have secured funding for the construction of their new governance centre. Set to open in 2021, the centre will include space for a micro museum which will showcase the vibrant cultural heritage of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation. The purpose of the museum is to educate and promote cross cultural understanding of Indigenous knowledge and history.
“Self governed museums such as these are positive steps towards reconciliation,” says Mighty Museum founder Michelle Willard. Michelle recently worked with the Kahkewistahaw First Nation on initial planning for the future needs of the museum. Aspects such as collections and archives shelving to store cultural belongings, exhibit display methods, and training in museological practices for Kahkewistahaw members were immediate concerns. Also of note was the discussion surrounding the identified need to research Kahkewistahaw cultural belongings held in museums within Saskatchewan and beyond. This research would be followed by steps to repatriate cultural belongings to their new home in the Kahkewistahaw micro museum.
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