Whale in the Door

A Community Unites to Protect BC's Howe Sound



August 2021

To honour the 50th anniversary of Lions Bay Village (Ch’ich’iyuy Elxwikn) I was asked to record the section of Whale in the Door that tells the story of The Sisters/Ch’ich’iyuy, as told to me by Squamish Nation storyteller, Rebecca Duncan (Tsitsayamat). I would have preferred to have Rebecca tell the story herself but she was not available. The book is available at the Lions Bay Store and the recording is part of a walking tour. To listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRnX8z2DfsE


January 26 & February 17 – Knowing Our Place Book Club

Bowen Island Library. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

February 22-24 Galiano Literary Festival. I will be a presenter on Feb 24, reading from Whale in the Door and singing songs from my musical adaptation of the book


March 1Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. “Sound Water”. A short documentary on Howe Sound with spectacular scenery, in which I am play a small role. https://vimff.org/

More info: https://vimff.org/film/sound-water

March 23 and April 27Knowing Our Place Book Club

Bowen Island Library. The Reconciliation Manifesto by Arthur Manuel


March 3, 11:00 – 12:30 pm Knowing Our Place Book Club, Bowen Island Library. We will be discussing Thomas Kings’ The Truth About Stories

Thursday April 12, 7 pm Reading Whale in the Door  Salt Spring Island Library

Sunday, April 15, 3 pm. Reading Whale in the Door Galiano Island Library

Saturday, May 5, 1:30 pm, Creative Non-Fiction Collective Conference (Toronto) I will be giving a workshop with author and journalist, Waubgeshig Rice, on “Building Bridges, Respecting Boundaries: Narrative and the Relationship Between Indigenous and non-Indigenous in Canada”

Monday, May 7, 7:00 pm. Reading Whale in the Door, Toronto Public Library, Yorkville Branch, Our Fragile Planet series, with moderator, Alanna Mitchell, author of Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis of Global Ocean Change

Saturday, May 12, 11:00 – 12:30 Knowing Our Place Book Club, Bowen Island Library. We will be discussing Lee Maracle’s My Conversations with Canadians.

Saturday, June 2, 11:00-12:30 Knowing Our Place Book Club Bowen Island Library. We will be discussing Lee Maracle’s My Conversations with Canadians.

June 13, Reading Whale in the Door  Whistler Public Library

June 21, Knowing Our Place Celebration of National Aboriginal Day Bowen Island

August 11, Whale in the Door: Fold for the Orcas 2-4 pm Vancouver Public Library, Alice McKay Room. A fun, creative family event around ocean protection. Music, poetry, whale puppets, and the folding of origami orcas. No origami experience needed. All materials provided. Free admission.


Sunday October 1, 3 pm, Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island, Chris Corrigan, host

Tuesday October 24, 7-9 pm , Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt, Ric Careless, host

Thursday, October 26, 5: 30 – 7:00 pm, North Vancouver Museum & Archives, 3203 Institute Road,

Wednesday, November 1, 1 pm, Gabriola Island Library

Thursday, November 2, 1 pm, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo

Friday, November 3, 7 pm. Bolen Books, Victoria, Marc Leiren-Young, host

Tuesday, November 7, 6-8 pm, Squamish Library

Friday, November 9, 6 pm. Read Local BC , Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive

Monday, November 27, 10 am. SKY Bowen Island