Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care
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 newest book, Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care, Gary travelled across Canada to interview Indigenous Elders willing to share their experiences of segregated health care in institutions throughout the country. 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. Learners must register to reserve a seat.
Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 45 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lt-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize. His non-fiction books include Letters from Managua, Sailing Home, Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things, Drink the Bitter Root. and Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care. Geddes has a PhD from U of T and has taught at Concordia, Western Washington University and University of Victoria and has been writer-in-residence at UBC and the Vancouver Public Library. He also holds an honorary degree from Royal Roads University. Gary Geddes lives on Thetis Island, BC.