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Bev Sellars, chief of Xat’sull First Nation in Williams Lake, and her remarkable memoir

January 19th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Bev Sellars, chief of Xat’sull First Nation in Williams Lake, and her remarkable memoir)

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bev sellarsChief Bev Sellars is winner of the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness for her book “They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School”

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First-person Bakersfield story explores racial prejudices using comedy

August 20th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on First-person Bakersfield story explores racial prejudices using comedy)

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Les Kurkendaal takes Nanaimo Fringe audiences to Bakersfield, California, where his lover’s family lives in all-white isolation

picture 577What happens when a man brings his male lover home to his family in Bakersfield, California, for the holidays? Oh, but this isn’t really the crux of the problem: the family has recently and grudgingly accepted their son Mike’s sexual orientation. The real problem begins as Les steps across the threshold of the family’s pricey, gated suburban home. Mike “forgot” to tell his family that his lover is an African American. [source: Cincinnati CityBeat] [image: Les at Nanaimo Museum for Nanaimo Fringe 2014]

Christmas in Bakersfield is being performed at the 2014 Nanaimo Fringe Festival, at the Nanaimo Museum venue.

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A world without hate

August 16th, 2012 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on A world without hate)

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Rais Bhuiyan forgave the man who tried to kill him in a hate crime, then campaigned to save him from the death penalty

Ten days after the September 11th attacks in the U.S., Texan Mark Stroman entered the gas station where Rais Bhuiyan was working, asked “Where are you from?” and then shot him in the face.  Rais, who is from Bangladesh, was one of three victims shot during Stroman’s revenge attacks on “Arabs,” and the only one to survive. (more…)