Join us for an evening of stories and music from your North Shore neighbours. Hear about belonging and missed connection, vulnerability and courage. Hear about friendship and humanity across cultures. Note: The event images are from Weaving Our Humanity, 2016.
Hosted by Veena Sood
With a musical performance by Rhythm ‘n Roots – an auditioned, a joyful, adventurous and soulful community choir who sings and grooves with global tunes.
Interactive weaving activity by Chief Janis George and a wall mural by Neonology youth diversity camp graduates will be on display during the event.
- Raised on the Capilano Reserve in North Vancouver, Faye is a member of the Squamish Nation. She is the youngest daughter of the late Chief Simon Baker (Khot-la-cha) and Emily Baker and moved off reserve in the 1970s when she was married. With her background in Education, she is now retired and a First Nations (FN) Elder Advisor for developing successful FN training programs on the North Shore.
- Originally from Peru, immigrated to Canada in 1975, Gladys is an active retiree volunteering at various community organizations with her work experience in health industry.
- Nilu is a devoted third year student at Capilano University majoring in Early Childhood Education and also one of the youngest members of North Shore Optimist Club.
Reeva Billy & Michael Billy, as a sibling storytelling pair
- Reeva’s ancestral name is Sialtinot (nickname: Sialia). Her ancestral name spans 7 generations back in her family. She is of the Squamish, Yale, and Nuxalk peoples, and has lived on the unceded territory of the Squamish people. She is in her third year at UBC, and is studying First Nations and Indigenous Studies, and Anthropology.
- Michael’s ancestral name is Stolta.ken, and his name goes back eight generations. He is a student at the University of British Columbia. He is from the Squamish Nation and a son of current Chief, Mike Sr.
- Sam’s ancestral name is Nekwimetstn. He belongs to 2 rich cultures, Snuneymuxw and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh. He grew up in Eslha7an, in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territory and attended St Paul’s Indian Day School. During this time, he began his career in acting. Sam always excelled at lacrosse and basketball and continues to coach and mentor lacrosse in his community. He is also a wool weaver and currently has a shawl on display at the NACHIM Studio on Granville Island.
We are grateful to host this community event on the traditional, unceded, ancestral, occupied territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Peoples.