Allison Brown

LARC 504

The Western concept of nature/culture dualism has embedded its roots deeply in society and largely goes unnoticed. Entangled in a constant dialectic tension, nature shapes society while society shapes nature. The cognitive separation of humans from nature is dangerous. The nature/culture dualism maintains positionality that was activated as a violent colonial tool. It has been used to remove Indigenous peoples from their unceded territories in British Columbia and it supports ‘protecting’ land in bound borders, in the form of conservation reserves and Provincial/National parks. Conservation efforts must critique and push past the nature/culture dualism narrative. How can reframing the threshold of the proposed National Park entrance and exit in Osoyoos, BC complicate, messy and challenge the positionally of the nature/culture dualism embedded in parks?