SELLARS: ‘Now that You Know, You Can’t Turn a Blind Eye’

SELLARS: ‘Now that You Know, You Can’t Turn a Blind Eye’

Postby Oscar » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:25 am

‘Now that You Know, You Can’t Turn a Blind Eye’

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Author, activist Bev Sellars on her book ‘Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival.’

By Heather Ramsay , Today |

Heather Ramsay is an MFA candidate in UBC’s Department of Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in The Tyee, Maisonneuve, Vancouver Review, Room, the Globe and Mail, and Canada’s History Magazine. She is on the editorial board of Prism International magazine, where this interview first appeared. [ ... v-sellars/ ]

Bev Sellars [ ] had many roles in her community. She was elected chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, B.C., from 1987 to 1993 and again from 2009 to 2015. She stepped forward and was featured in newspaper and television accounts when her community first spoke out against residential school abuses in the early 1990s. She also earned a history degree from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of British Columbia and served as adviser for the BC Treaty Commission. [ ]

Her first book, They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School (Talonbooks, 2013) won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, took third prize in the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature and spent more than 40 weeks on the BC Bestseller List.

Prism International [ ] magazine editorial board member Heather Ramsay sat down with Sellars to discuss her latest eye-opening book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival (Talonbooks, 2016).


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