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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Author Beatrice Elaine Silver: A Culture Days Special Presentation

Indigenous Library Storytelling Writing & literature
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Clearbrook Library

Abbotsford, BC



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Join us for a special author event! Beatrice is a local Sumas author and advocate. She built her career in education and First Nations leadership. Beatrice was a primary school teacher, and then a school Principal. Eventually she held the position of Coordinator of Indigenous Education for the Ministry of Education overseeing Indigenous Education in the Fraser Valley School Districts. In addition, she has served as the Chief of Sumas First Nations.

Lexèywa - I Pass the Torch to You is her first published book. Her memoir begins before school: a childhood in a small Indian Reserve, first surrounding the reader with her loving family. Many children in Beatrice’s generation were taken from home by Indian Affairs agents when they were too young to be able to later recall that safety and certainty. This story allows the reader to walk in the little shoes of a girl who survived the infamous school. She did so by sheer force of will, generated by confidence in the love of her family and the strength of her seven-year-old identity.

This special event will also include an exhibit of original art pieces produced by Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman Secondary School’s Art Activism class and inspired by Beatrice's experiences and writing.



Fraser Valley Regional Library

Fraser Valley Regional Library is the largest public library system in British Columbia, with 25 community libraries serving 700,000 people in its service area. Established in 1930, it is funded with taxes raised in the community it serves, plus a Government of BC operating grant. The governing Board consists of elected officials representing 15 member municipalities and regional districts. With its mission of “Opening Minds. Enabling Dreams,” FVRL plays a prominent role in the communities throughout the Fraser Valley.


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