Indigenous Elder Wally Samuel to Visit Port Alberni Library

March 12, 2018 | Port Alberni

Monday, March 12, 2018, Vancouver Island, BC: Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Indigenous Voices initiative is coming to the Port Alberni branch on Wednesday, March 14 from 1 – 3 pm.

The branch welcomes Ahousaht Elder, Wally Samuel who will share his experiences in the residential school system.

About Wally Samuel

Wally Samuel is a member of the Ahousaht First Nation which is a part of the Nuu-chah-nulth community located off the west coast of Vancouver Island in B.C. on Flores Island. He was born and raised in Ahousaht and spent his childhood on a fishing boat as his father was a commercial fisherman. He has worked over 30 years in community development and public service, having worked for several organizations in various management capacities. Drawing on his expertise building and maintaining partnerships, he has worked with a number of public community boards and committees. Wally is a residential school survivor.

About Indigenous Voices

As part of VIRL’s 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 branches across the VIRL system.

More information is available at


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

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