Eden Fine Day Named Vancouver Public Library’s Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence

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East Van artist will use multi-disciplinary storytelling techniques to engage with the community

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Starting in February, the East Vancouver artist will use multidisciplinary storytelling techniques to engage with the community through workshops, programs and events.

In addition to community engagement, Fine Day will be working on their own creative projects, including writing a new album to be shared during an online listening party at the end of their residency. There’s also an attention-grabbing YA graphic novel series, virtual class visits, a reading series, and other adult and youth projects.

“I feel especially called to share our worldview with children – all children – because I see in them a light that has not yet been extinguished,” explained Fine Day, who was born in Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan.

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Fine Day’s musical career spans over 25 years as a singer-songwriter and guitarist. She has produced six albums, three of which with the rock group Vancougar from Vancouver. In addition to music, Fine Day writes both fiction and non-fiction and creates visual art.

“VPL is honored that Eden Fine Day has chosen to share her knowledge and creative work through the Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence program,” said Christina de Castell, the library’s head librarian in a statement. “She brings a powerful voice and important perspectives that will enrich the community’s understanding of Indigenous experiences and the long journey we are all on toward truth and reconciliation.”

The VPL Indigenous Storytellers-in-Residence program began in 2008 as a way to tell stories and other narrative tools to showcase and share Indigenous traditions and contemporary culture with the public.

You can find more information about the program at vpl.ca/storyteller.

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