Author of They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at Indian Residential School to speak in Kelowna

Bev Sellars, author of They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at Indian Residential School will hold a public reading in Kelowna

  • Feb. 16, 2016 9:00 a.m.

UBC Okanagan’s AlterKnowledge Discussion Series will host a public reading and discussion with Bev Sellars, author of They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at Indian Residential School.

They Called Me Number One (Talonbooks, 2013) is the first book-length memoir to be published about the St. Joseph’s Mission at Williams Lake, B.C. Winner of the 2014 Ryga Award for Social Awareness, the book was shortlisted for the 2014 Hubert Evans Non-fiction prize, and was a finalist for the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature.

Bev Sellars served as an adviser for the B.C. Treaty Commission and will be speaking at the AlterKnowledge event hosted at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society. She was first elected chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in 1987 and has spoken on behalf of her community on racism and residential schools as well as the environmental and social threats of mineral resource exploitation in her region.

This event is also part of UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Visiting Author Series, organized with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, and is free to attend.

AlterKnowledge series welcomes award-winning author Bev Sellars

What: AlterKnowledge Discussion Series and the FCCS Visiting Author Series

Who: Bev Sellars, award-winning author

When: Friday, February 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, 442 Leon Avenue, Kelowna


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