Two Indigenous Elders speaking at VIRL’s Courtenay Branch

January 23, 2018 | Courtenay

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Vancouver Island, BC: Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) Courtenay branch is getting set to host Elders Pam Moore and Dianne MacLean as part of VIRL’s Indigenous Voices initiative. On Sunday, January 28, from 2 – 3pm, visit the Courtenay branch to hear about the Elders’ stories, their work, and to share refreshments.

“Indigenous Voices is an important part of our commitment to reconciliation for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of our community,” said VIRL’s Executive Director Rosemary Bonanno. “The events being organized across our system are wonderful opportunities for people to learn from the lived experiences of the Elders, and to come away with a deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, and stories.”

The event on January 28 is the first of a series of programs by our Elders at the Comox Valley library branches. More details will be provided soon.

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
Divisional Manager, Corporate Communications and Strate
gic Initiatives
250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651