Sellars will speak on Indigenous economies and reconciliation at the Stan Hagen Theatre, starting at 7 pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Her first book, They Called Me Number One, a memoir of childhood experiences in the residential school system, won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature and spent 44 weeks on the BC Bestsellers List.
Her most recent book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival spent eight weeks on the BC Bestsellers List in 2016. It is a personal take on the history of Aboriginal rights in Canada and Canadian history told from an Indigenous point of view.
“Bev Sellars is a well-known advocate for environmental and Indigenous rights,” said Jen Wrye, NIC’s faculty representative on the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee. “We are honoured to hear her speak at NIC.”
Sellars is chair of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining. She has her BA in history from UVic and a law degree from UBC. She is a former councillor and chief of the Xat/sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake. She has advised for the BC Treaty Commission and been a representative on the Cariboo Chilcotin Justice Inquiry.
The event is part of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators’ Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee’s 2016 Speaker Tour. It is also sponsored locally by the NIC Faculty Association.
For more information, contact Jen Wrye at 250-334-5030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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