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Nanaimo Art Gallery to host Indigenous-led discussion at Departure Bay

‘Water Stories’ will start at 2 p.m. on June 26 at Kinsmen Park
Indigenous Engagement Coordinator Violet Elliot and her uncle Elder Gary Manson will host a public discussion called ‘Water Stories’ at 2 p.m. on June 26 at Kinsman Park in Departure Bay. (Submitted photo)

Through the Nanaimo Art Gallery, a discussion on water and its importance to Snuneymuxw culture will be held at Departure Bay.

A release for the event noted that Indigenous engagement coordinator Violet Elliot and her uncle, elder Gary Manson, will host Water Stories at Departure Bay Beach on Sunday, June 26, from 2-3 p.m.

During the event, Elliot and Manson will sit down and discuss how canoeing and water are significant to Snuneymuxw culture, noted the release.

“Every year Nanaimo Art Gallery asks a big question that resonates in our community, providing a touchstone to guide and inspire our work. Our current inquiry is ‘What Stories Do We Tell’ and this discussion is a response. It also ties into the current exhibition Carried Through the Water which closes on June 26,” read the release.

As a free community event, all are welcome to participate in Elliot and Manson’s discussion.

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I joined Black Press Media in 2020 as a multimedia reporter for the Parksville Qualicum Beach News, and transferred to the News Bulletin in 2022
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