Fall Lecture Series - One Small Voice
“Today Indigenous people and other Canadians stand on opposite shores of a wide river of mistrust and misunderstanding. If we are truly to solve the issues that separate us, that tear at the heart of this great country, then we must each trace our steps through history to the source of our misperception and misconception of each other’s truth.”
- Nisga’a Leader Rod Robinson
Petal Furness shines a light on Canadian Indigenous history through sharing her own story descending from central British Columbia’s Secwepemc people (pronounced suh-Wep-muhc), also spoken of in English as Shuswap. Petal explores her matrilineal timeline going back to the first newcomer arriving in the 1840s, and leads participants in a powerful empathic exercise, allowing folks to put themselves in Indigenous shoes.
Petal Furness, now retired, was Manager at Grey Roots Museum & Archives, 2014-2019. Prior to managing, she led the Heritage Interpretation team for ten years developing in-house exhibits, events and programs. Born and raised on the West Coast, Petal focused on Native Studies and Psychology, interrupted by summers working at Fort Langley National Historic Site. Her love for history and storytelling became her career and Petal’s first full-time job was an historic site interpreter. She relocated to Parks Canada’s regional office in Calgary to take the position of Heritage Interpretation Specialist and Aboriginal Liaison. Petal was able to travel all across Canada to work with Indigenous groups to help them tell their stories – primarily liaising with the Haida and the Siksika (Blackfoot) First Nations. Her greatest joy is working with Elders and youth.
This presentation is part of our Fall Lecture Series taking place on Tuesday afternoons in November in our Theatre. Talks take place at 1:00 p.m. and are repeated at 2:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments following each talk. Free with admission. Members free as always.