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.


Monday, August 13, 6 – 8pm: Elder Vernon Albert Williams Jr. will speak about the impact of residential schools on First Nations. Ages 12+

Elder Bios

Lorena Dulay (Tsawout) – January 19 Event Description

Pam Moore (Lax kw'alaamse)

Dianne Maclean (Metis)

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 (Kwakiutl)

Check out the CBC Radio Victoria interview below:

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