WVC celebrates Native American Heritage Month with events Nov. 17 and 18

Nov. 15, 2021

Media Contact:
Marichuy Alvízar, diversity and inclusion coordinator, 509-682-6865
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 (Mon.-Thurs.)

In acknowledgment and recognition of Native American Heritage Month, WVC will be hosting virtual events on Nov. 17 and 18. These events are free and open to the public. Participants should register in advance at wvc.edu/CampusLifeEvents.

On Nov. 17 from 12-2 p.m., there will be a virtual presentation entitled, “The Indian Boarding and Residential School Experience: Healing in a Time of Truth and Justice” with national speaker Dr. Martina Whelshula and boarding school survivor Yvonne Swan. Dr. Whelshula and Swan are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Topics of discussion will include history of Indian/residential schools, intergenerational trauma and healing.

On Nov. 18 from 3-4 p.m. the conversation will continue with international speaker Bev Sellars (member of Xat’sull First Nations Band in Canada). Sellars is a residential school survivor and author of the award-winning book, “They Called Me Number One.”

These events are sponsored by the department of Campus Life, Equity, and Inclusion, the Red Road Association, Associated Students of WVC at Omak, American Indian Indigenous Studies Program and WVC Tribal Relations.


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