Geraldine Manson, Snuneymuxw First Nation
“The nurse was trying to get me to sign a paper to put our baby, Derrick, up for adoption.”
From: How We Go Home
Geraldine Manson, of Snuneymuxw First Nation, shares her story about being an Elder in Residence at the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University. She was in a residential school as a child and then entered the foster care system. She was pregnant as a teenager, and shares about the impact of that on her life, and how her son was put into foster care, before being raised by her extended family. She shares her experiences in serving and supporting her family and home community, eventually being mentored into the Elder in Residence role. She also shares in detail about her work at the university in her elder role, sharing her stories, language and traditional knowledge with young people.
Sara Sinclair is an oral historian, writer, and educator of Cree-Ojibwe and mixed settler descent. Sara teaches in the Oral History Masters Program at Columbia University. She has contributed to the Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Archive, Obama Presidency Oral History, and Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. She has conducted oral histories for the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the International Labor Organization, among others. Sara is co-editor of Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History, published with Columbia University Press in 2019.