Wil George, a contemporary artist of the Tsleil Waututh Nation, will launch his book Survival In Its Many Shapes on Saturday November 5 at 2pm, at UNIT/PITT Projects. This book, accompanied by a video and readings to be broadcast on UNIT/PITT Radio, is part of the Ill Repute project for Vancouver’s 125th anniversary, curated by Cease Wyss and Keith Higgins.

Wil George’s poems, both in print and reading, draw on the struggles for cultural and personal survival of First Nations people in the context of the colonization and development of the unceded territories on which Metro Vancouver are built. The project intersects with UNIT/PITT’s 36-year history as an institution which has hosted curators, artists and performers from the urban First Nations community, but extends beyond that to explore the persistence of lives, cultures, and people in resistance to the degradation of economic, social, environmental and cultural world around them.

Wil To Write – Wil George is a poet and contemporary storyteller from the Tsleil Waututh Nation (Burrard Indian Band) in North Vancouver.

Series co-curator Cease Wyss, a Skwxumesh media artist from the village of Sla7an in North Vancouver, is a past recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award for media art.

An artists’ talk will follow on Sunday, November 13 at 2pm. Admission to these events is free, but space is limited. Video will be presented nightly in UNIT/PITT’s front window until mid-December; audio will be available on UNIT/PITT Radio.



from the village of Sla7an in North Vancouver,