Honorary degree recipient on Campus Feb. 16
Gary Geddes will be on campus on Feb. 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to celebrate his book launch with a discussion on segregated Indigenous health care in Canada. 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.
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 the University of Toronto 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.
This talk is by donation with proceeds going to ThinC, the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy to purchase Fairy Slipper Forest.
Feb 16 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hatley Castle, Royal Roads University