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

Parksville - Bill Recalma - September 29 (2pm)

Wellington - Sandra Good
October 11 (11:15-11:45pm) - Join us as we welcome Snuneymuxw Elder, Sandra Good, to preschool storytime. Sandra will share her knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Coast Salish people. There will be songs, rhymes and stories.

Gold River - August Johnson
October 17 (3-4pm) - Let August Johnson take you on a storytelling ride you’ll not soon forget!

Sooke - Jeff Welch
November 3 (1-2pm) - Harvesting Sustainably - Jeff Welch will be speaking about Coast Salish traditional and modern sustainable harvesting of local foods and materials.

Gabriola Island - Sandra Good
November 14 (1pm) - Join Snuneymuxw Elder Sandra Good as she shares the history of  the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Sooke - Jeff Welch
December 7 (1-2pm) - Creating the Canoe- Coast Salish Knowledge Holder Jeff Welch will tell the story of the Red Cedar dugout canoe project he assisted on during 1993/94 with his
T'SOU-KE Nation family and under the watch of Master Carver Fred Peter.


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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