In this workshop award-winning author Nicola Campbell will do readings and talk about her multi-disciplinary Spíləx̣m rooted within tmíxw, temexw, tmxulaxw: the land that is now British Columbia. With an almost tactile representation of being on the land and water, Spíləx̣m explores coming of age stories, intergenerational trauma, resilience, reconnection, healing, resurgence and narrative memory through stories. Please note that my sessions are flexible, depending on the audience request and preference for a focus on elementary or secondary discussion topics. Plant harvest. Salish: Interior Salish, Coastal Salish, Indigenous peoples. Indian Residential Schools. Indigenous sports. Indigenous healing. Resurgence.
Nicola Campbell is Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis from the Nicola Valley, British Columbia. She is the author of five children’s books including, Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe (recipient of the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s literature award) and most recently, Stand Like a Cedar (2021). Her stories weave cultural and land-based teachings while also remembering sacred responsibilities and interconnectedness to the land. Her memoir. Spíləx̣m: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience and Resurgence is a deeply-moving storybasket of memories that is rooted within the British Columbia landscape. With an almost tactile representation of being on the land and water, Spíləx̣m explores resilience, reconnection, and narrative memory through stories. Published by Highwater Press.