Ross Hoffman

NOTICE: The Bob Harkins Branch downtown is closed for the remainder of the day (Wed June 29), due to a power outage affecting multiple businesses in the area. The Nechako Branch remains open.

Publication Award

Ross Hoffman, a Professor of First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, accepted a Publication Award (Regional) for Song of the Earth: The Life of Alfred Joseph. Song of the Earth chronicles the life of Alfred Joseph, a Witsuwit’en hereditary chief who grew up in Hagwilget, on the Bulkley River near Hazleton. Alfred Joseph was the leading plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in Delgamuukw-Gisday Wa v. British Columbia, which relied on the testimony of Joseph and other hereditary chiefs to establish Indigenous right to land title.