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1-3pm, Native Education College, Vancouver
Electromagnetic Print announces the release of three new books
in the company of their authors:
Lexèywa - I Pass The Torch To You
by Beatrice Elaine Silver
Beatrice Silver tells the story of her childhood as a Sto:lo girl in Sumas. Leaving home to live at Indian Residential School was an inevitable event, and all her older siblings had already been attending for many years. They never talked about the school but her brothers prepared her for it by teaching her boxing! This story allows the reader to walk in the little shoes of a girl who survived the infamous school by force of will; confidence in her family; and the strength of her identity.
caused by Judicial Suppression
of the “Existing” Aboriginal Rights
by Bruce Clark
In ten succinct and very readable articles, Dr. Clark shows that constitutional fraud and usurpation-as-genocide continue as the modus operandi of the Canadian settler-state.
Described by the Secwepemc traditionalist elder Wolverine as “the most dangerous lawyer in Canada,” Clark exposes the method of this country's ongoing imposition of conditions calculated to bring about the destruction of native groups; causing physical and mental harm; and committing genocide.
They Made Me An Outlaw! That's when I became a freedom fighter.
by Bill Lightbown
Bill came into the world April 14, 1927. Denied Indian Status because his Kutenai mother married a non-native man, Bill’s experience of discrimination and displacement was a defining force. His fight for freedom began when he was jailed for vagrancy (being an Indian in an alley at night). After breaking out of jail, twice, he soon got involved in politics. His work for Indigenous Peoples' organizations, including co-founding the United Native Nations, spans more than 70 years.
About the authors:
Bruce Clark spent forty-six years defending the rights of Natives across North America. A scholar specializing in the legal history of the evolving relationship between Natives and Newcomers, he holds an MA in constitutional history and a PhD in comparative jurisprudence and is the author of Native Liberty, Crown Sovereignty and Justice in Paradise (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
Much of Clark's awareness of the "serious bodily or mental harm" meted out by the court system's injustices comes from the fact he lived for twelve years on Indian reservations in northern Canada. He and his wife Margaret raised their three children there and were witnesses to the loss of lives attributable to the stress to which the young people in particular were vulnerable. Bruce lives with his wife and family in Ottawa.
Bill Lightbown has taken an active part in pivotal events concerning Aboriginal rights since 1960. These include the formation of the BC Association of Non-Status Indians, then the United Native Nations and Congress of Aboriginal People; through the First Ministers’ Constitutional Conferences of the 1980s; the 1985 McIvor decision on Indian Status; the start of the BC Treaty Commission; the Oka crisis of 1990 and the Gustafsen Lake crisis of 1995; the Aboriginal Healing Foundation; BC Native Housing Society; international human rights forums, and much more. Bill was recently widowed by his wife of 63 years – the Haida leader Lavina White. Bill lives in Vancouver.
Beatrice Silver built her career in education and First Nations leadership. After leaving Indian Residential School, she soon married and became a mother. The marriage was short-lived. As a single mother, Bea worked her way through college and university. She had lost Indian Status when she married her non-native husband and was therefore ineligible for any Band education funds. She became a primary school teacher, and then a school Principal. Her leadership skills came into political use as the Chief of Sumas, her home community, where she acted to eject predatory and polluting companies from the reserve.
Recently Bea was engaged by the Abbotsford School District as a guest to the Arts Activism program. During her visits to a senior secondary visual arts class, students chose and painted scenes from the stories of her life. Those paintings form the face plates for the chapters of her book. Bea lives in Sumas and in Bella Coola with her husband.
Launched on February 17, 2017, this new publishing label focuses on regional subjects for their urgency and beauty. A small independent press, EMP operates without government or corporate funding and is made possible by the digital publishing revolution and the confidence and investment of its authors and readers. EMP is developed and led by longtime journalist, editor, author and publisher Kerry Coast.