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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The performance of Larry Guno’s play Bunk #7 by the Raven Collective grows closer. 

The play is set to hit Fort St. John on its show tour on November 12th as part of the Bunk #7 BC Reconciliation Tour by the Raven Collective.

The play focuses on the true story of six Indigenous boys and their experience at the Edmonton Residential School in the early 1960s. The central image is described as “cultural resilience” in a release by Oliver Hachmeister, operations manager at the North Peace Cultural Centre. 

“I’ve been wanting to bring Indigenous voices to our stage for a few years now, but I did not want to bring my take on it,” Hachmeister said. “The Raven Collective is an Indigenous organization telling Indigenous stories.” 

The Raven Collective is an Indigenous theatre group from Terrace. Artistic director Marianne Brørup Weston, who has been involved with the production since its beginnings in the early 2000s, says the company was put together specifically to help Bunk #7 come to life and to help “train young Indigenous talent.”

Both she and the actor who plays Gunay in the show, Kiefer Collison, say they’re excited to be able to share the show with communities across Northern British Columbia.

“It’s changing the way forward with reconciliation,” Weston said. “It’s just opening a completely new door.”

Collison echoed a similar sentiment on the matter.

“I think it’s a look behind the curtain at the truth of residential schools. I think it’s a way for people to connect with what happened in our past,” said Collison.

The tour for Bunk #7 began in conjunction with Orange Shirt Day 2022. The tour includes stops in Dawson Creek on November 8th and Doig River on November 13th. 

Tickets are just $10 at the request of the Raven Collective so that the barrier of entry is as low as possible. 

Tickets for the show in Fort St. John can be purchased at the North Peace Cultural Centre in person, by phone at (250) 785-1992, or through their website.

You can also learn more about The Raven Collective and the creation of Bunk #7 at their website.

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Katherine Caddel is a recent graduate of Laurentian University's English Media and Rhetoric program. They grew up in Northern Ontario and recently decided to make the North Peace their new home. When not at work, Katherine enjoys horror movies, playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons.