T alk OF THE WEEK

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ARE YOU cu­ri­ous to learn more about B.C.’S Indige­nous peo­ples but don’t know where to be­gin? Then take the time to visit the Van­cou­ver Pub­lic Li­brary’s Fire­hall branch (1455 West 10th Av­enue) be­tween 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Satur­day (No­vem­ber 3) to hear a pre­sen­ta­tion by long-time Van­cou­ver res­i­dent and Tsimshian Na­tion mem­ber Lynda Gray. The for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ur­ban Na­tive Youth As­so­ci­a­tion will dis­cuss ev­ery­thing from the medicine wheel to treaties to child wel­fare to the tra­di­tional ac­cep­tance of two-spirit (LGBT) Indige­nous peo­ple—all of which was cov­ered in her 2011 book, First Na­tions 101: Tons of Stuff You Need to Know About First Na­tions Peo­ple. Shortly af­ter it was re­leased, she told the Ge­or­gia Straight that twospirit peo­ple were thought to be more spir­i­tu­ally at­tuned. “It wasn’t based on sex­u­al­ity,” Gray said at the time. “It was based on the per­son and their be­ing.”

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