Health care or colonialism? Book launch on segregated system

7:00PM to 9:00PM February 16, 2017
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Drawing Room, Hatley Castle
RRU Staff

Join us for a book launch and discussion of segregated Indigenous health care in Canada with author Gary Geddes. Gary will be joined by Elder Joan Morris from the Songhees Nation, a survivor of the Kuper Island Residential School and the Nanaimo Indian Hospital and prominent spokesperson for victims of the segregated hospital system.

For his latest book, Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care, Gary interviewed Indigenous elders about their experiences of segregated health care. These facilities, established less to help the Indigenous sick than to keep them separate from a racist population, were notorious sites of abuse and neglect. Medicine Unbundled is more than just the painful history of a once-so-called vanishing people; it is a testament to survival, perseverance and the power of memory to keep history alive and promote the idea of a more open and just future.

This talk is by donation with proceeds going to ThinC, the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy to purchase Fairy Slipper Forest.  Please register here.

 Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 45 books and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize. Geddes holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and has taught at Concordia University, Western Washington University and the University of Victoria. He has been writer-in-residence at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Public Library. He also holds an honorary degree from Royal Roads University. Gary Geddes lives on Thetis Island, B.C.