Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks st.

Truth and History
with Chelsea Vowel, Lee Maracle and Bev Sellars

Hosted by Louise Profeit-LeBlanc
"So much of Native Canadian history has been swept under the rug by mainstream historians. Fortunately, books like this, written by Native authors themselves, are finally coming out of the closet, so to speak. And the timing couldn't be better. Our country so needs these books. Our country so needs these voices.
— Tomson Highway on Price Paid
Bev Sellars
Chelsea Vowel
Lee Maracle

Join us for an evening of Canadian history told from a First Nations point of view. Three remarkable women share their understanding of our shared past and the road forward.

In Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit issues in Canada , Chelsea Vowel initiates myriad conversations about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. An advocate for Indigenous worldviews, the author discusses the fundamental issues of the terminology of relationships; culture and identity; myth-busting; state violence; and land, learning, law and treaties along with wider social beliefs about these issues. She answers the questions that many people have on these topics to spark further conversations at home, in the classroom, and in the larger community.

Harkening back to her first book tour at the age of 26–for the autobiographical novel Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel–and touching down upon a multitude of experiences she's had as a Canadian, a First Nations leader, a woman and mother and grandmother over the course of her life, Lee Maracle's My Conversations with Canadians presents a tour de force exploration into the writer's own history and a re-imagining of the future of our nation.

The second book by award-winning author Bev Sellars, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations at the same time that it addresses misconceptions still widely believed today. The book begins with glimpses of foods, medicines, and cultural practices North America's Indigenous peoples have contributed for worldwide benefit. It documents the dark period of regulation by racist laws during the twentieth century, and then discusses new emergence in the twenty-first century into a re-establishment of Indigenous land and resource rights. The result is a candidly told personal take on the history of a culture's fight for their rights and survival.

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.

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