BCHF News Friends of the BC Archives host Jenn Ashton Oct. 17

Friends of the BC Archives host Jenn Ashton Oct. 17

“Siamelaht” by Mildred Valley Thornton, courtesy of the Uno Langmann Collection.

Jenn Ashton, writer-in-residence at British Columbia History for 2021, will speak in a virtual event on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. hosted by the Friends of the BC Archives.

Along with many of her family members, Ashton wanted to know more about her “erased” First Nations history. For many reasons, learning this story was not an easy thing to do. The journey begins with a faded scrap of paper and ends with the richest find of all, a place to belong. Jenn’s talk will share the story of how she found her Sḵwx̱wú7mesh family — a story about getting lost, and found, in archival research.

Ashton is an award-wining author and visual artist living in North Vancouver. She is the author of the prize-winning article “Siamelaht” (British Columbia History, Winter 2019) and People Like Frank, and Other Stories from the Edge of Normal (Tidewater Press, 2020).

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