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First Nations 101
About the Author
Lynda Gray is a member of the Ts'msyen Nation on the Northwest Coast of BC (Gisbutwada / Killerwhale Clan). She was born in Prince Rupert, but has lived in East Vancouver since she was six months old. Lynda is the proud mother of two adult children: Northwest Coast artist Phil Gray and Dr. Robin Gray. She and her children have learned much about their Ts'msyen culture and community from their participation in the Lax Xeen Ts'msyen Dance Group based in Vancouver, BC as well as from attending traditional feasts in Lax Kw'alaams.
Lynda is an active member of the First Nations community. Her work is grounded in a strong belief in community development, youth empowerment, and culture as therapy. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UBC, served as the Executive Director of the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) for 7 years, and serves on community Boards including the UBC President's Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Issues and the Vancity Community Foundation.
Book the Author
Lynda Gray has done many presentations about First Nations 101 as well as many of the specific issues identified in the book such as education, child welfare, youth issues, justice, militarism, engaging the Native community, and social justice. You can book Lynda to present at your bookstore, event, conference, work training, school, or popular education initiative. Presentations and workshops can be tailored to meet your specific area of interest.
Lynda Gray founded Adaawx Publishing in 2011 to publish her first book First Nations 101. ‘Adaawx’ is a Sm’algyax (language of the Ts'msyen) word that when translated as closely as possible to English means ‘oral history’ or ‘truth telling’, which she felt appropriately represented her goal when writing First Nations 101.
Upon deciding to self-publish, Lynda had to take on the many tasks that a publisher would have done. She taught herself to use Indesign to layout the entire book by watching Youtube videos and asking a few questions of a friend, designed the book cover, and has learned more than she ever thought she would about printing, distribution, marketing, and sales. Lynda believes that this learning opportunity coupled with the autonomy it has given her over the book are great gifts for which she will be forever grateful.
The front cover design of First Nations 101 represents one of the very first forms of documenting history among First Nations people. Pictographs were carved or painted onto rock and other surfaces to document parts of First Nations history. Many of these first historic ‘documents’ remain today as a symbol and 'proof' of First Nations people’s long-term connection to what is now known as North America.