2 City Dwellers:First Nations and the Urban Experience

British Columbia
Kathryn Gretsinger
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre*
$17 / $9.50

Lisa Charleyboy loved two things when she was growing up: fashion and books. After graduation, she moved to Toronto to study fashion communication. “At York,” says Charleyboy, “I was encouraged to explore my heritage through writing and assignments … and be more critical about aboriginal issues in Canada.” As Charleyboy connected to her roots, her path was altered. She talks about her journey to being named one of three young Aboriginal Canadians to watch by Huffington Post Canada and an “Aboriginal Storyteller for the Digital Generation” by the National Post, as well as about her current work: the online publication Urban Native Magazine and two co-edited anthologies. Each project shares the goals of inspiring indigenous youth and dispelling untruths about Canada’s First Nations.

Note: Changes have been made to this event since the program was printed. This event now takes place in Waterfront Theatre.

Although this event is sold out, some tickets may be available for purchase at the door.


Suitable for Grades 7-10. Presented by Vancity.


  • Dreaming in Indian, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

Curriculum Connections:

  • Critical thinking, Research, Social responsibility
  • Diversity, identity & self-esteem, First Nations


Have students select one of the issues Lisa Charleyboy explores in her book and presentation.  Ask them to research and cite statistics and findings, and then communicate their opinions. 

(This activity can be done through different formats with all learning styles: letters, drawings, comics, poetry, photography)