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Indigenous theatre troupe coming to town

BUNK #7 hits Fort St. John stage in November
A scene from BUNK #7 performed last fall in Terrace.

A new play about a historic riot at a Canadian residential school will make its debut in Fort St. John this fall.

The Raven Collective brings BUNK #7 to the stage at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Written by Larry Guno, a Nisga’a lawyer, politician, and playwright who died in 2005, the play “is 20 years in the making,” says Marianne Brorup Weston, the collective’s artistic director, in a release.

BUNK #7 “tells the heartfelt true story of six Indigenous boys were instigated a riot at Edmonton Residential School in 1960-61.”

“The show immediately gained a notoriety for its spirited, down-to-earth story of resilience, and its ability spark healing and reconciliation.”

The cast and crew of the production are all emerging Indigenous artists, and all from B.C. Indian Residential School survivors and families who attended the Edmonton school, according to the release.

The play is making nine stops this fall as part of a Northern BC Reconciliation Tour, starting in Terrace.

The play will also be performed in Prince Rupert, Smithers, Kitimat, Nass Valley, Prince George, Dawson Creek, and Fort Nelson.

For more details on the Fort St. John performance, click here.

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