Severn Cullis-Suzuki is Speaking at the Bill Reid Gallery
The Bill Reid Gallery
639 Hornby St. Vancouver B.C.
Environment and Culture Activist, Student of the Haida Language
Learning and Teaching the Haida Language
Thursday, July 26, 2012
from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Included with regular Gallery Admission
Adults $10, Seniors/Students $7, Youth/Child $5 (plus HST)
As a student of the Haida language, Severn has completed two years of a Master Apprenticeship Program. This program allows her to work one on one with a fluent speaker, which has proven to be a successful method of learning Xaayda Kil (The Haida language). She will share her experiences in the Master Apprenticeship Program along with her creative journey in publishing 29 short children’s books in Haida, which she did in partnership with the Elders at the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (SHIP).
About Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Culture and environmental activist and writer. Severn lives on Haida Gwaii with her husband and two sons. She is a Champion for the Canadian Earth Summit Initiative 2012 WE CANada, host of the APTN series ’Samaqan – Water Stories, and board member of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education and the David Suzuki Foundation. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Yale University and an M.Sc. in Ethnoecology from the University of Victoria, where she studied with elders from the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations.
This public program is presented as part of the Gallery's featured exhibition. That Which Makes Us Haida – the Haida Language documents the last remaining fluent speakers of the Haida language and their dedication to keeping their language alive, through riveting personal portraits and insightful interviews with elders.
This exhibition runs through September 2, 2012.