An Indigenous Storytelling Event

Indigenous stories are Canada’s stories. Join us as Fern Gabriel (Sesmelot), a Kwantlen Nation storyteller, shares her stories and shines a light on Canada’s Indigenous history. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please Note: This event will include references to violence and other topics that some listeners may find disturbing. Please exercise discretion in attending.

About Fern: “My English name is Fern Gabriel. My ancestral name is Sesmelot and I come from Kwantlen First Nation, and I grew up in Fort Langley British Columbia. I share the stories and the language of the river and the land. I speak the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ dialect, that is the downriver dialect, and I am learning Halq’eméylem dialect, the upriver dialect of the Salish language family. I am a mother of three grown children, one son and two daughters. I am a sister to 6 sisters and 2 brothers. I am the granddaughter the late Mary M Sepass and I am the great Granddaughter of the late Chief Sepass. And I am the daughter of Maureen Gabriel who speaks Nɬeʔkepmxcin, an Interior Salish dialect.

I share the truth in stories of how my Indigenous people are surviving the dark history from the impacts of Residential school and its Intergenerational trauma.”