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  • Words of an Ecosystem, Shelley Stein-Wotten, Nanaimo, 2022. Photo by Aviva Stein-Wotten
  • Words of an Ecosystem, Shelley Stein-Wotten, Nanaimo, 2022.
  • Shelley Stein-Wotten, Nanaimo, 2022. Photo by Aviva Stein-Wotten

Words of an Ecosystem


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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


VIRL's Nanaimo North branch

Nanaimo, BC

Directions: The story-building activity takes place over Zoom. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email.



Offered in English.


Words of an Ecosystem is a collaboratively written story that explores the human relationship with B.C.’s most endangered, yet most ecologically diverse, plant and animal community – the Garry oak ecosystem.

Humour writer Shelley Stein-Wotten and community members gathered online August 23 at an event hosted by Wordstorm Society of the Arts to explore narratives about committing to restoring and sustaining our relationship with this special homeland that has nourished and supported generations of people, plants, and animals. Shelley read five original narratives representing five different chapters that imagined both our current and potential connections to Garry oak ecosystems: isolation, imbalance, repair, connection, and reciprocity. Following each chapter, community members made their contributions to the story on a Zoom whiteboard.

The chapters were mounted on boards and displayed at Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Nanaimo North branch for the public to contemplate: where might our imaginations lead us to engage in acts of stewardship and begin to write our own parts of the story that help restore Garry oak ecosystems in our community?

The short film "Words of an Ecosystem" releases, here, on October 8, 2022.



Shelley Stein-Wotten - BC Culture Days Ambassador

Wordstorm Society of the Arts is a Nanaimo-based non-profit society dedicated to supporting the flourishing of the written and spoken word on central Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island Regional Library is the fifth largest library system in British Columbia with 39 branches located from Sooke and Sidney in the south to Port Hardy, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast.


Rachelle Stein-Wotten

This event is part of a hub:

Earth Endeavours Ambassador Series

BC Culture Days Vancouver, BC

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