Vancouver Island Regional Library is hosting a free online event with Indigenous Relations expert and bestselling author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, Bob Joseph.
The Jan. 28 virtual seminar, called a Q and A on the Indian Act with Bob Joseph, will include a presentation from Joseph and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
“We are honored to have such an acclaimed and respected scholar and writer partner with us on this important topic,” says Melissa Legacy, VIRL’s Director of Library Services and Planning. “Bob’s presentations are informative, thought-provoking, insightful, entertaining, and accessible — they shed a clear light on a dark chapter in our history, and provide us with opportunities to learn from the past as we strive for a better future.”
Joseph is a member of the Gwawa’enuxw Nation, Gayaxala (Thunderbird) clan, and the founder/president of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., which offers training on Indigenous relations to government and corporate clients. His aforementioned book is an essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussions on generations of Indigenous Peoples.
Space for this event is limited so prompt registration is encouraged. A zoom link will be sent to those who register.
Attendees are encouraged to read 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, or watch the following interview with journalist Steve Paikin prior to the event:
The official welcome will be presented by Dr. Evelyn Voyageur. She is Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw, a fluent Kwak’wala speaker, and respected matriarch. The event starts at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan 28. It will be moderated by VIRL Customer Service Librarian, Jessica Humphries.
Register at virl.bc.ca/event/bob-joseph/