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)

Nanaimo North Branch (with Elder Sandra Good)

  • Date and time TBD. Stay tuned. 

Cowichan Branch (with Stella Johnny)

Thursday, June 21:

  • 10 – 11:30 am: Join Stella for a thought-provoking cross-cultural activity (geared for an adult audience)
  • 12 – 2 pm: Screening of The Road Forward, a documentary/musical looking at the history of Indigenous activism in Canada and B.C., and following the story of B.C.’s The Native Voice, Canada’s first Indigenous newspaper.  

Nanaimo Wellington (with Sandra Good)

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2 – 3 pm: Join Snuneymuxw Elder Sandra Good as she shares her story and discusses her thoughts and experiences related to Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. Sandra will be taking questions from the audience as well.

Masset Branch (with Vernon Albert Amos Williams Jr)

  • Thursday, July 12, 7 – 9 pm: Elder Vernon Albert Amos Williams Jr. will speak about the impact of residential schools on First Nations. Ages 12+

Cowichan Branch (with Della [Rice] Sylvester)

  • Saturday, July 28, 10am – 12pm: Medicine Walk with Elder Della (Rice) Sylvester: Meet at Cowichan Library at 10am to participate in a Medicine walk led by Cowichan elder Della (Rice) Sylvester. Participants will be shown local plants and taught their medicinal qualities.

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 (Kwaguilth)

Check out the CBC Radio Victoria interview below:

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