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2017 BC Library Conference

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
April 19 – 21, 2017

Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to announce the following Keynote Speakers for the 2017 BC Library Conference!

Opening Keynote – 5:30 pm: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Location: Cordova Ballroom



Some are calling it a comeback; some are calling it a resurgence. Indigenous peoples are here and becoming known.

Khelsilem will share an insightful talk on Indigeneity in 21st century Canada, how it’s being explored and developed, and what needs to fuel Indigenous peoples and our allies for the next 150 years. He will use his experience and training from studying his own two Indigenous cultural identities of the Coast Salish and Kwakw̱a̱ka’wa̱kw to form examples of resistance and adaptation. For the last 6 years, he’s been undertaking the task of reclaiming cultural sovereignty through language reclamation – an experience that has deepened his understanding of what can be possible for Canada in the generations to come.

Khelsilem – pronounced somewhat like chul ∙ sea ∙ lem – is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh- Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw educator, non-profit founder, university lecturer, and language rights activist. He currently teaches as a lecturer at Simon Fraser University in Indigenous Languages.

Khelsilem tells us that his name was not the one given to him at birth. He became known as Khelsilem starting in October 2011 after he was chosen by his paternal grandmother to receive his name in a traditional Coast Salish name giving ceremony. The handing down of names from one generation to the next is common to many Coast Salish communities. Since then he has chosen to go by his Indigenous name instead of his English name as a commitment to the revitalization of Indigenous ways of being.

In 2015, he founded an arts & education non-profit organization called Kwi Awt Stelmexw – a phrase that means “the coming generations.” Its programming is dedicated to creating a society of language speakers, artists, and cultural producers within the Squamish Peoples for the world.

Closing Keynote – 3:00 pm: Friday, April 21th, 2017
Location: Harbourfront Ballroom

Anita Sarkeesian

Equality or GTFO: Navigating the Gendered Minefield of Online Harassment

It seems that whenever women on the internet dare to speak about social issues they are met with violent, aggressive and often invasive attacks. These large-scale sexist harassment campaigns targeting women have seen a sharp increase in recent years. Because of her work on women in games, Anita Sarkeesian has become the ongoing target of a massive, vicious harassment campaign. In this talk, she will share her experiences to help define and deconstruct how these hostile cyber mobs operate and offer some insights into why gendered harassment is so prevalent. She will also discuss the severe consequences to the women targeted and the larger community. Anita will conclude with some steps to help us move towards more inclusive digital spaces for all people.

Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces.

She has been a panelist at the United Nations and a guest speaker at various fan, media, and technology conferences, including XOXO, The Media Evolution Conference, Women in the World, and GeekGirlCon. Anita has been interviewed and featured in publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Colbert Report.

Anita was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2015 and was the recipient of the 2014 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award. In 2016 Anita was awarded an honorary PhD from The New School in New York City.