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Source: Thompson Rivers University

Canadian Studies hosts Secwepemc storyteller

October 12, 2006

- Thompson Rivers Universityís Centre for the Study of Canada will host
Peter Michel, Secwepemc educator and storyteller, for a free public
presentation Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 8:45-10:00 am in Room 262 of the Arts and
Education Building. Mr. Michel will tell traditional stories and discuss
their historical importance to Secwepemc culture.

>From Adams Lake Band, Peter Michel completed his Bachelor of Education
degree at UBC, along with a fifth-year counselling option through UBC.
Michel has been working with youth for over 25 years as a teacher, coach,
community leader, counsellor, and friend. His commitment to the preservation
of the culture of his people is evident in the history of his involvement in
traditional ceremonies, powwows, drumming, sweat lodges, storytelling,
healing circles, and traditional stick games, to name but a few of his many

"Iím delighted to invite the TRU community and the general public to the
talk Mr. Michel is giving to my Aboriginal drama students, not only because
of the breadth of experience he brings to bear on the subject but also
because Peter was my student in the early 1980s in the Native Indian Teacher
Education Program offered locally by the University of British Columbia,"
said TRU Canadian Studies faculty member Ginny Ratsoy.


For more information, please contact Ginny Ratsoy at 828-5238.



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