Invitation to attend panel discussion of Okanagan Women’s Voices: Syilx and Settler Writing Relations

News Release

The University of British Columbia Okanagan and Theytus Books, in cooperation with the En’owkin Centre and the Penticton Museum & Archives, is pleased to announce an evening event featuring a panel discussion in recognition of the publication of Okanagan Women’s Voices: Syilx and Settler Writing and Relations, 1870’s – 1960’s. Published by Theytus Books, the book is edited by Jeannette Armstrong, Lally Grauer and Janet McArthur, who will also sit on the panel. 

Jeannette Armstrong is Syilx Okanagan, a fluent speaker and teacher of the Nsyilxen Okanagan Language and Traditional Knowledge Keeper of the Okanagan Nation. She is currently Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Okanagan Philosophy at UBC Okanagan.  

Lally Grauer has long been involved in Canadian and Indigenous literature in Canada. As an Associate Professor at the University Of British Columbia Okanagan she taught both Canadian and Indigenous literature. Together with Jeanette Armstrong, she published Native Poetry in Canada (2001) and has had numerous collaborations with Indigenous authors. 

Janet McArthur is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC (Okanagan Campus). She created and taught the first courses at UBC on women’s literature, autobiography and trauma studies in the humanities. She has published on women’s literature, postcolonial literature, settler colonial life and disability narratives.    

The event will be held on  Thursday, September 29 at the Penticton Museum and Archives at 785 Main Street and is open to the public. The doors will open at 6:00 pm and the panel discussion will begin at 6:30, through to 7:30. The event will end at 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Seating will be first-come first-served. This event is also being held in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

Please join us for an evening of discussion and exploration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women’s voices from the past and the present.     



Dennis Oomen
Penticton Museum and Archives

Shane Mills
Senior Communications Advisor
City of Penticton