okanagan online book club




BY jeannette Armstrong


FEBRUARY 18, 2021: Okanagan Online Book Club

All are welcome to join us online at 7 PM on Thursday, January 18, to discuss Syilx author, scholar, artist, and activist Jeannette Armstrong’s seminal novel Slash.


Jeannette Armstrong grew up on the Penticton Indian reserve. Armstrong’s formal education in Syilx knowledge was received from elders of her family and knowledge keepers of the Okanagan Syilx.  She is a Syilx Okanagan traditional knowledge keeper and fluent speaker and teacher of Nsyilxcn Okanagan language and laws. Jeannette has been engaged in the lifelong work of recovery and revitalization of Syilx Indigenous knowledge as one of the founders of En’owkin, the Okanagan Nsyilxcn knowledge institution of higher learning of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. 

Jeannette is Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies, Community, Culture & Global Studies at University of British Columbia Okanagan.  She has an interdisciplinary PhD in environmental ethics in Syilx oral literatures from the University of Greifswald. 

Armstrong’s 1985 work Slash is widely considered to be the first novel published by an Indigenous woman in Canada.


Tracing the voyage of a young, radical Okanagan man across Canada and the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, Slash is a deeply insightful commentary on the plight of Aboriginal peoples in the Americas and beyond, the conflicting philosophies of the Okanagan and Western worlds and one man’s attempt to make sense of it all. Considered to be the first novel written by a First Nations woman in Canada, Jeannette Armstrong’s Slash is a seminal piece of Canadian literature, cherished since its publication 30 years ago, and widely taught in high schools, colleges and universities to this day. (from CBC Books)


Slash (1985), now in its tenth printing, focuses on a young male protagonist growing up in the Okanagan in the 1950s and 1960s. Becoming a radical activist, he embarks on a physical journey through Canada and the United States, as well as an inner journey influenced by the experiences and teachers he encounters. In the end, he is led back to a deep understanding of his own land and people. (from IJELHH)


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Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located on the Ancestral, Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Okanagan Nation and the Syilx People.