UBC prof studies Syilx

Jeannette Armstrong will be Canada Research chair in Okanagan indigenous philosophy

Jeannette Armstrong, an assistant professor of indigenous studies at the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus, has received a prestigious appointment.

Armstrong will be Canada Research chair in Okanagan indigenous philosophy. With the appointment comes an annual award of $100,000 for five years to research, document, categorize and analyze Okanagan Syilx oral language literature.

The oral stories of the Syilx Okanagan contain a wealth of indigenous knowledge. Unfortunately, much of this knowledge is largely inaccessible.

Armstrong aims to address existing barriers to research within this indigenous community by surveying, analyzing and categorizing Syilx captikwl (mythology) and smamay (legends) from a variety of published and unpublished collections.

Armstrong is analyzing Syilx traditional knowledge to obtain information about Syilx society, as well as practices.