Indigenous Elder Sally Williams to visit Nanaimo Wellington library

March 21, 2018 | Nanaimo Wellington

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Vancouver Island, BC: Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Indigenous Voices initiative is coming to the Nanaimo Wellington branch on Wednesday, March 29 from 2 – 3 pm.

The branch welcomes Kwakwaka’wakw Elder, Sally Williams to learn about and make ceremonial button blankets. This free event is intended for ages seven and up.

About Sally Williams

Sally’s Kwakwaka’wakw name is Gla tle gla tle tlo se la o gwa. She is a descendant of the Musgamagw people and is registered with the Gwawaenuk Tribe (Heghums). Her parents are late Hereditary Chief Fred Williams and Matriarch Elsie Williams (Wamiss).

Sally is the Kwakwaka’wakw Elder for the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Board of directors, Tsawalk learning Center and NK school. She is a devoted mother to her four children, grandmother to nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her passion is to share the teachings of our Noble ancestors. Some of the teachings include taking special care of human spirit from conception to birth, infancy, youth, adult, elder, death, and after death.

About Indigenous Voices

As part of VIRL’s efforts to facilitate reconciliation for Indigenous and non-Indige
nous 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 branches across the VIRL system. More information is available at


For more information
David Carson
Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651