Mary Gouchie and The Exploration Place

NOTICE: The Bob Harkins Branch downtown is closed for the remainder of the day (Wed June 29), due to a power outage affecting multiple businesses in the area. The Nechako Branch remains open.

2020
Service Award

The Exploration Place and the late Lheidli T’enneh elder Mary Gouchie were honoured with the Jeanne Clarke Local History Award for Service for the in-house exhibit Mary Gouchie: Hubodulh’eh. The exhibit, which ran from September 15, 2019 to January 6, 2020, focused on the prominent elder's commitment to language revitalization. Gouchie played a pivotal role in the revitalization and recovery of Lheidli T'enneh dialect of Dakelh by assisting to document the written and spoken language. When introducing the award, Katherine Carlson, Executive Director of the Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum, praised The Exploration Place for leading the way in collaborative work and community engagement for the past twenty-five years. The Exploration Place continues to work on language preservation initiatives. They are currently working with the Lheidli T'enneh on the digitization of a large collection of oral histories spoken in Dakelh.