Folk U Forum

Folk U Forum
Sunday, Apr 3 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Haven Phoenix Auditorium

$15 I Doors 6pm, Event 6:30pm

– An evening presentation featuring Ardyth Cooper, Judith Plant, and Laura Busheikin. Take part in conversations and life stories that enrich our understanding of identities, experiences, and the society we live in. Ardyth Cooper will be sharing about her experience as an Indigenous woman, and the impact of the Indian Act. Judith Plant will be sharing on her life and times of starting and running the successful book publishing company, New Society Publishers. Laura Busheikin will be sharing on her adventures building and maintaining a 15-household land cooperative on Denman Island.

Facilitated by Manda Aufochs Gillespie of Cortes Island’s Folk University. “Folk University is an experiment, a question, a verb. At its heart is the hope that at a time when our ideas and differences are being used to divide us from each other, that perhaps we can engage in the act of learning, inspiring, and sharing in a way that brings us closer together. Can we become more independent and interdependent? Can we slow down learning? Can we have fun while doing it? Can we fail and still succeed, and succeed and let ourselves continue to fail? We
have islands of explorers, gardeners, artists, writers, dancers, farmers, lumberjacks, swimmers, fisher-people, craftspeople, scientists, citizens, professors, home-makers, and home-builders. Let’s share what we know. And have fun doing it.”

*Due to current Provincial Health Orders still in place, Vaccine Passports and ID will be required at this event.


The Gabriola Arts Council acknowledges with gratitude our hosts, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and recognize that we live and create on unceded Coast Salish territory.

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