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Katherine Palmer Gordon a French/English expatriate Kiwi, is the author of six literary non-fiction books and has received National Magazine Award recognition, contributing to The Globe and Mail, the Times Colonist, The Vancouver Sun, British Columbia Magazine, Focus, BC Business, and Canadian Geographic among other magazines in Canada and abroad.

Palmer Gordon is also a former corporate lawyer. When she moved to British Columbia in 1999, she was appointed a Chief Treaty Negotiator for the Province, and since moving to Gabriola Island in 2003, she continues to work with First Nations, facilitating strategic and policy issues. She is the Second Vice-Chair of the National Council of the Writers’ Union of Canada and an ardent advocate for writers’ rights in Canada and abroad.


We Are Born With the Songs Inside Us (Harbour Publishing) profiles a number of highly successful young First Nations men and women from B.C. talking about their lives and their connection to their cultural identity, and the fundamental role that plays in their lives.

Maps, Mountains & Mosquitoes: The McElhanney Story won the silver medal for best corporate history in the international Axiom Awards presented in New York City in 2011.

Made to Measure: A History of Land Surveying in British Columbia (Sono Nis Press) won the 2007 Haig-Brown BC Book Prize.

The Slocan: Portrait of a Valley, a BC bestseller and shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize in 2005.

The Garden That You Are, exploring the culture and lives of gardeners, remains a perennial best-seller

A Curious Life, the biography of Victoria’s Princess Peggy Abkhazi.

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About Shaleeta Harper

I am the Executive Director of the FBCW.

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