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We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us Launches in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:19am

Since 2004, journalist Katherine Palmer Gordon has interviewed dozens of First Nations people living in British Columbia. Her book, We Are Born With the Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia collects sixteen stories gleaned from those interviews. This fall, Gordon will be celebrating the release of this inspiring collection, with some of the people featured in the book, in the following cities:

  • Vancouver: Saturday, September 28 from 2pm to 4pm at the Bill Reid Gallery (639 Hornby St.).
  • Nanaimo: Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30pm at the Harbourfront Library (90 Commercial St.).
  • Victoria: Friday, October 18 at 6:00pm at Alcheringa Gallery (665 Fort St.).

We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us gathers the thoughts and hopes of young First Nations people living in twenty-first century Canada—artists and community leaders, comedians and consultants, musicians and lawyers, people who are household names and those known only within their own communities.

Among them is Kim Baird, former chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, who negotiated the Tsawwassen Treaty; Gino Odjick, a former NHL star on the Vancouver Canucks; and Penny White, a marine biologist who works with coastal communities on resource management. Also included is Evan Adams, an actor and medical doctor; John Marston, a world-renowned artist and storyteller from the Chemainus First Nation, whose work is often displayed at the Acheringa Gallery; and Tewanee Joseph who was the executive director and CEO of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.


These are just a few of the people profiled in We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us, and a tiny fraction of the many stories of young First Nations people making tremendous contributions to the province.

As Shawn A-in-chut Atleo writes in the introduction, “There are thousands upon thousands of young First Nations people growing up today who, together with the kind of individuals whose stories are told in this book, represent a future for this country that is brighter than it has been for a long, long time.”