Bill White has provided invaluable contributions to IICRD for 25 years, as a lead Elder and Training Facilitator. Bill carries two traditional xwulmuxw names, Kasalid and Xelimulh. His father died when he was five and he was raised by a very strong traditional mother, Kay George. In the seventies when introduced to a friends’ mother she said, in Indian because of that great sadness he would be gifted and be stronger than most. He has worked with traditional elders since the seventies all the way up to his time at UVic as its’ Aboriginal Liaison Officer, 1993 - 2006. During that he was influenced by Agnes Pierre, Theresa Smith, Dr. Samuel Sam, Chief Adam Dick and Kim Recalma-Clutesi. From that period, the most significant collaboration around writing, research work with elders was with Dr. Philip Cook. This included at least four international trips to South Africa, Paris, Mexico City and Geneva Switzerland. He has been most interested in the application of the sacred for maintenance of protective health. Every day he is grateful to those Sulsalewh Elders who spent time with their teachings.
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