Sam George: The Fire Still Burns
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
7:00 - 8:00 PM
VPL Central Library
“My name is Sam George. In spite of everything that happened to me, by the grace of the Creator, I have lived to be an Elder.”
In his new book The Fire Still Burns, Squamish Elder Sam George has created an unflinching look at the horrors of a childhood in the Indian Residential School system and the long-term effects on survivors. It illustrates the healing power of one’s culture and the resilience that allows an individual to rebuild a life and a future.
Sam will be joined by his coauthor, professor and writer Jill Goldberg, and the Langara College students who collaborated on the memoir: Liam Belson, Dylan MacPhee, and Tanis Wilson. They’ll be discussing Sam’s incredible story as well as the unique collaborative process that helped make this work a reality. Join us for an evening full of insights, wisdom and healing.
Sam George is a Squamish elder and a residential school survivor. He works as an educator with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and speaks with students and community groups about his experiences.
Jill Goldberg is a writer and an instructor of literature and creative writing at Langara College. She has an MFA in creative writing from UBC and her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, SubTerrain, Tikkun Magazine, the London Reader, among others,
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