History is often filled with stories of men, but now the voices of women are speaking out.
As part of Indigenous History Month, the Museum & Archives of Vernon (MAV) will host an online panel discussion with the editors of Okanagan Women’s Voices: Syilx & Settler Writing & Relations 1870s to 1960s.
Dr. Jeannette Armstrong, Dr. Lally Grauer and Dr. Janet MacArthur will speak Thursday, June 16, online at 7 p.m., as part of MAV’s Learn + Connect: Reading for Reconciliation Series. Okanagan Women’s Voices features the writing and stories of seven women, both Syilx and settler, who were living in the British Columbia southern interior from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.
“The early settlement of Interior B.C. and the Okanagan has most often been presented through the recollections and stories of white men, with cowboys, railway workers and gold miners dominating the public imagination,” said MAV curator Laisha Rosnau.
“With Okanagan Women’s Voices, not only do we get a glimpse into this period of time from the points of view of women, but from both Syilx and settler women – and some whose families are both Syilx and settler.
“If you’ve read Okanagan Women’s Voices, of course you will get a lot out of this panel discussion – but even if you’ve not yet started, it will be an incredible opportunity to hear from these three women as they bring us the voices of Okanagan women from the early settlement era.”
All are welcome to attend the online panel discussion and Q&A. Registration is by donation. For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/learn-connect-panel-discussion-registration-307775313247.