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Woman of UDI Book Club
Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer


WUDI invites you to join us for our first virtual book club offering of 2022: Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. UDI Capital Region is slowly transitioning to in person events, and hope to be meeting with you all in person soon.

In 2022, WUDI will be donating all proceeds from our book club gatherings. Our charity of choice for January’s read is Victoria Native Friendship Centre‘s Career, Employment and Education Resources (CEER) Department. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Event Details

Zoom Book Club
Tuesday, January 25, 2021
Tickets: Minimum $10 donation


About the Book

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

About the Author

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

About Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for Indigenous people in the Greater Victoria area, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) began as a meeting place in the city—providing limited referral services to community members. The Friendship Centre opened its doors in April, 1970. It was a one-room facility located on the corner of Yates and Broad Streets in the heart of downtown Victoria. The Centre was run by an Executive Director on a small grant from the provincial First Citizen’s Fund. The Centre quickly became a much-valued meeting place for Indigenous peoples new to Victoria. With the help of the Victoria United Way, core funding from the Secretary of State, and continued support from the First Citizens Fund, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre has flourished. Four moves and 40 years later, the VNFC now occupies more than 38,000 square feet of a former elementary school under a 99 year lease with the School District of British Columbia. The Centre has become a vital resource for urban Indigenous individuals and families, and is strategically positioned to play a major role in the development and implementation of urban Indigenous governance on southern Vancouver Island.

The Career, Employment and Education Resources (CEER) department provides assistance with:

  • job search, resume writing, cover letters, and interview preparation
  • skills development & training, such as First Aid, FoodSafe, driver training class N and up, etc.
  • job start supports, including work gear/tools, work clothes, and bus tickets
  • post-secondary education funding for tuition & books
  • navigation for student loans, bursaries, and scholarships
  • career transition support for mid-career professionals

These services are offered in a supportive atmosphere to help clients achieve employment goals and to foster a sense of focus and self-confidence in order to compete in the labour market successfully. They are committed to helping the Victoria Indigenous community reach their career and education goals!