Gabriola Arts Council

Reading and Reconciliation: One Book One Community

Reading and Reconciliation: One Book One Community

Reading and Reconciliation: One Book One Community

Reading and Reconciliation: One Book One Community

We look forward to the Reading and Reconciliation: One Book One Community Event on March 30th, part of the Isle of the Arts Festival hosted by Katherine Palmer Gordon. The book chosen for this year is Unbroken by award-winning Gitxsan journalist Angela Sterritt

The books are available for purchase when you buy tickets online, or at the event. Several copies of the book are also available at the Gabriola library. Have you read the book yet, or are you just starting to read it? You have a couple of weeks to finish it before the event – we’ll see you there!

The national bestselling novel Unbroken is an extraordinary work of memoir and investigative journalism focusing on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, written by an award-winning Gitxsan journalist who survived life on the streets against all odds.

Angela Sterrit
Angela Sterrit

As a Gitxsan teenager navigating life on the streets, Angela Sterritt wrote in her journal to help her survive and find her place in the world. Now an acclaimed journalist, she writes for major news outlets to push for justice and to light a path for Indigenous women, girls, and survivors. In her brilliant debut, Sterritt shares her memoir alongside investigative reporting into cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, showing how colonialism and racism led to a society where Sterritt struggled to survive as a young person, and where the lives of Indigenous women and girls are ignored and devalued.

Growing up, Sterritt was steeped in the stories of her ancestors: grandparents who carried bentwood boxes of berries, hunted and trapped, and later fought for rights and title to that land. But as a vulnerable young woman, kicked out of the family home and living on the street, Sterritt inhabited places that, today, are infamous for being communities where women have gone missing or been murdered: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and, later on, Northern BC’s Highway of Tears. Sterritt faced darkness: she experienced violence from partners and strangers and saw friends and community members die or go missing. But she navigated the street, group homes, and SROs to finally find her place in journalism and academic excellence at university, relying entirely on her own strength, resilience, and creativity along with the support of her ancestors and community to find her way.

This evening’s host Katherine Palmer Gordon is author of eight award-winning and best-selling non-fiction books, a contributor to several anthologies, and a National Magazine Award winning journalist. Katherine Palmer Gordon has been writing for publications in both Canada and New Zealand since 1995. She has lived in Snuneymuxw territory on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, since 2003, where she divides her time between writing and her work with Indigenous Peoples in intergovernmental relations and communications in both Canada and New Zealand. 

Her first five books were published under the name Katherine Gordon. With the publication of her sixth book, she re-introduced her original name, Palmer, to her readers. We Are Born With the Songs Inside Us (Harbour, 2013) profiles several young First Nations men and women talking about their lives in 21st century BC, and the importance of cultural connection to the successful path they are following (with a Foreword by Shawn A-in-Chut Atleo). In 2016, her story “Mother Tongues” appeared in an anthology edited by Danielle Metcalf-Chenaille entitled: In This Together: Fifteen True Stories of Reconciliation (Brindle & Glass). Contributors are Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers from around Canada describing their personal experiences with reconciliation. Her most recent book, This Place is Who We Are, (Harbour, 2023) amplifies the voices of Indigenous Peoples whose territories span what is often called the Great Bear Rainforest of BC, speaking about Indigenous leadership, resilience, and connection to homelands.

All the royalties from the book are being donated to Indigenous conservation funds. For more information about Katherine Palmer Gordon

A big shout out to Friends Of The Library for their community support of this event

Saturday, March 30

$20 – doors open at 7:00pm, event begins 7:30pm

Registration opens on March 12th, 2024 (early registration March 11th for GAC members)

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