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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker is a community presentation sponsored by the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society's Social Action Committee. It is being held in conjunction with 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence. We are pleased to bring Ivan Coyote to the Cowichan Valley to present this keynote address help us honour this year's theme:


Ivan Coyote is an award-winning author of eleven books and a renowned performer. Coyote has also been touring public schools, colleges and universities across the continent and beyond for well over a decade, working to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students, always with the careful eye and tender heart of a fellow misfit. Ivan knows that by addressing the needs of marginalized youth and young adults, we can build a better and safer school environment for all of our kids. Coyote uses personal narrative and the well-honed timing of a gifted raconteur to bring us a powerful message of hope and resilience.

In addition to their books, Ivan is the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last eighteen years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer's, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote "a natural-born storyteller" and the Ottawa Xpress once said that "Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture."

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan's stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Ivan's latest book, Tomboy Survival Guide, was released in the fall of 2016 with Arsenal Pulp Press.




While there is no fee for this presentation, if you can afford to do so, we are asking people who attend to bring a gift card that can be donated to one of our clients. Each year we distribute gift cards to clients to help them get ready for the holiday season. Gift cards of $10 or more are welcome. Stores that sell both goods and food items (Walmart, Super Store, Shoppers Drugs or London Drugs and local grocery stores) give people the most flexibility. Please label the card with the amount. 

November 29, 2016 at 7pm - 9pm
Vancouver Island University, Duncan Campus, Rm 135 2011 University Way Duncan, BC V9L 0C7 Canada Google map and directions
Jane Sterk · · 250-748-7000

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