2018 marked the second year of Honouring Reconciliation. As we continued to honour Indigenous peoples in Canada, we expanded our awareness of the strength and resilience Indigenous peoples have shown in the face of intolerance, a lack of understanding and racism.
We acknowledge the Squamish Nation, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Musqueam People, who since time immemorial have lived on the land now referred to as the Greater Vancouver and Sea to Sky regions.
2018 Programs and Events
Explore a selection of titles from a list curated by Chief Robert Joseph of Reconciliation Canada. Reading Challenge booklets are available at the Information Desk. Visit our display on the Main Floor. Find Reading Challenge titles in our catalogue.
Reading Challenge Launch
A special event celebrating the beginning of the Library's 2018 Honouring Reconciliation: Hearing the Truth program and the launch of the Reading Challenge was held July 5 in the Main Hall of the Library. Chepximiya Siyam' / Chief Janice George of the Squamish Nation (centre) gave a traditional welcome followed by remarks by Charlene Seward of Reconciliation Canada (right). Pat Cumming, West Vancouver Memorial Library, (left).
Image courtesy of Reconciliation Canada.
Discussions based on the themes of two powerful books, facilitated by Library staff.
Participants read and discussed Richard Wagamese's powerful novel Indian Horse, which portrays the life of an Ojibway man who struggles to find peace by facing his traumatic past, telling his story and taking steps towards healing, and Wab Kinew's intimate memoir The Reason You Walk, in which he shares the story of his relationship with his father, a prominent Anishinaabe Chief and residential school survivor, and their journey of personal and cultural reconciliation.
Learn about, experience first-hand and celebrate local Indigenous culture and traditions in activities led by members of the Squamish Nation.
Indigenous Plant Walk – Ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph gave a workshop on reconnecting with the land through Indigenous plant practices at Sk'iwitsut House, followed by an hour-long walk through Lighthouse Park on Saturday, October 20.
Coast Salish Wool Weaving Workshop
Accomplished weavers and instructors Chepximiya Siyam' Janice George and Skwetsimeltxw Willard 'Buddy' Joseph gave an introductory workshop on traditinal wool weaving techniques and traditions on Saturday, November 17.
KAIROS BLANKET EXERCISE
An opportunity to experience Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective.
Developed by KAIROS Canada, this participatory exercise covers over 500 years of history. Led by Charlene Seward, this event was held September 18, 6:30 p.m.
A Community Film Screening of Indian Horse, an adaptation of Richard Wagamese's award-winning novel.
This moving film sheds light on the dark history of Canada's Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous peoples.
Traditional welcome from Chief Janice George and ceremonial song and dance performance by Bob Baker and The Eagle Song Dancers, Spakwus Slulum.
In the Art Gallery
Connections Through Traditions: works by artists Kwakwee Baker and Spelexílh Anjeanette Dawson.
July – August 2018.
Spelexílh Anjeanette Dawson is a Squamish educator and wool weaver. In addition to working with local elementary schools, she has taught cedar basket and weaving classes throughout the Lower Mainland. Her blankets, headbands and memorial sashes have been commissioned for private collections as well as for ceremonial purposes. Spelexílh created a Coast Salish shawl for the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Kwakwee Baker is an Indigenous multimedia artist based in West Vancouver. Born in Morocco, and of Squamish, Kwaguilth, Tlingit-Haida and Celtic descent, Kwakwee creates art that incorporates his diverse travels and cultural experiences. In addition to carving wooden masks and totem poles in cedar, Kwakwee also transforms and applies Indigenous detail to skateboards, cars and apparel.
Presented in partnership with the Ferry Building Gallery.
Bentwood Box Image: Carved by Coast Salish artist Luke Marston, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bentwood Box is a lasting tribute to all Indian Residential School Survivors. The carved panels represent the unique cultures of former First Nations, Inuit and Métis .