Kat Norris, a Coast Salish community activist, returns to the UBC Learning Circle to pick up where she left off in exploration of the history of her local territories and her experiences. She will reflect on common themes that emerged within her teachings and how she works to bring tradition and culture back into her life both as an individual and as a member of community.
Further, Kat Norris will reflect on her individual history as we discuss themes of flourishing in the face of both contemporary and inter-generational adversity stemming from the colonial history of Canada’s reservation and residential schools.
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Date: Tuesday, Jan 7th, 2020 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
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About the Presenters:
Kat Norris is Coast Salish from the Lyackson First Nation and Nez Perce on her father’s side. Her traditional name, Zucomul’wat, is from her Musqueam great great great grandmother. Kat is a survivor of the Kuper Island Residential School, and is on her healing journey. As an Elder, Kat is a cultural educator, speaking at Universities, Neighborhood houses in the Lower Mainland. Kat also teaches drumming and pow wow dancing at elementary schools in the neighborhood. She is a grandmother and finds that taking care of and sharing knowledge with the next generation is a form of activism.