Indigenous Voices

As part of our efforts to facilitate reconciliation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the community, we are working with Indigenous Elders across our system to share stories and skills related to Indigenous culture and experiences. The programming is based on the Elders’ unique skills, interests, experiences, and passions. Some examples include storytelling, talking circles, drumming, and discussions on Indigenous cultures.

Throughout 2018, Indigenous Voices programming will roll out at 24 branches across the VIRL system.

Upcoming Events 

(please check back here often as more events are being planned)

Queen Charlotte Branch (with Gladys Vandal)

  • Postponed until further notice (stay tuned!)

Sidney/North Saanich Branch (with Lorena Dulay)

  • Friday, April 20, 10:30 – 11:30 amLorena will discuss energy therapy used by First Nations people many years ago

Cumberland Branch (with Pam Moore)

  • Friday, April 27, 10 – 11 am: Join Pam as she talks about forest animals, demonstrates drumming, and shares stories, songs, and traditional legends.

Masset Branch (with Vernon Albert Amos Williams Jr.)

  • Postponed until further notice (stay tuned!)

Cowichan Branch (with Della [Rice] Sylvester)

  • Saturday, May 12, 2 – 4 pm: Della will discuss traditional health and medicine at this free event. 

Nanaimo North Branch (with Sally Williams)

  • Thursday, May 17, 3:30 – 4:30 pm): Sally will deliver a family appropriate button blanket program. All ages are welcome!

Elder Bios

Lorena Dulay (Tsawout) – January 19 Event Description

Pam Moore (Lax kw'alaamse)

Dianne Maclean (Metis)

Geraldine Manson (Snunexmuxw)

Vern Albert Amos Williams Junior (Haida)

Sally Williams (Kwakwaka’wakw)

Gladys Vandal (Haida)

August Johnson (Mowachaht/Muchalaht)

Wally Samuel (Ahousaht)

Randy Fred (Tsehaht)

Bill Recalma (Qualicum)

Susan Landell (Cree-Metis)

Jeff Welch (T'Sou-ke)

Carol Bear (Laichkwiltach)

Sandra Good (Snuneymuxw)

Georgina Livingstone (Ts'uubaa-asatx)

Stella Johnny (Cowichan)

Della Rice Sylvester (Cowichan)

Wata Joseph (Kwaguilth)

Check out the CBC Radio Victoria interview below:

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