MEDIA ADVISORY 

November 18, 2022

MAIYOO KEYOH SOCIETY REPATRIATION CEREMONY:

SUSK’UZ HEADDRESS EXHIBIT OPENING

 

Join the Maiyoo Keyoh Society on December 3rd, 2022, at 10:00 am for the Meet and Greet followed by 1:00 PM for the grand opening of the Susk'uz Headdress Exhibit at The Exploration Place in Prince George, BC.

 

To celebrate and recognize all parties involved in this repatriation process, the Maiyoo Keyoh Society welcomes neighbouring Keyohwhudachun (Keyoh chiefs), local Indian act chiefs and councils, media, and provincial and federal politicians. The grand opening will celebrate the returned headdress, highlight its intrinsic social connection to its family and Keyoh (territory), and demonstrate the region’s Indigenous social organization.

“The return of our family territory chief’s headdress from the Royal Ontario Museum exemplifies many of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ (TRC) calls to action and reflects sections of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP),” says Jim Munroe, President & Chief of Maiyoo Keyoh Society.

The Maiyoo Keyoh Society invites media unable to attend in person to join virtually. Visit our website to access the live stream.

 

Background:

About seven years ago, the Maiyoo Keyoh Society discovered the headdress was on display at the Royal Ontario Museum for the past 140 years. More recently, the Society established a memorandum of understanding with The Exploration Place in Prince George to arrange its return to central BC.

 

The Maiyoo Keyoh Society has received support from the Province of British Columbia, the BC Museums Association through the 2020 Repatriation Grants, Canadian Heritage’s Indigenous Museum Assistance Program, and from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

 

Learn more about this project and exhibit on our website.

 

About the Maiyoo Keyoh Society:

Established in 2003, the Society works to promote responsible resource management within the Maiyoo Keyoh. The Society works to protect its aboriginal title in accordance with the society's constitution and bylaws.

 

Contact:

Jim Munroe, President & CEO, Maiyoo Keyoh Society

Tel: (250) 305-7092; jim@maiyookeyoh.ca