Demand for Sto:lo Atlas prompts a third printing

Atlas relaunch is June 1, part of the Cultural Experience Series at the Sto:lo Resource and Research Management Centre on Vedder Road

A Sto:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas is heading for its third printing since it first came out in 2001. They're celebrating by printing 1500 copies and holding a special re-launch event June 1

A Sto:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas is heading for its third printing since it first came out in 2001. They're celebrating by printing 1500 copies and holding a special re-launch event June 1

It’s a unique book covering 15,000 years of Sto:lo history.

A Sto:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas is heading into its third printing since it first came out in 2001.

They’re celebrating by printing 1500 copies for a special relaunch event June 1, as part of the Cultural Experience Series at the Sto:lo Resource and Research Management Centre on Vedder Road.

“Ongoing demand” for the book is driving the re-launch effort, said Dave Schaepe, senior archeologist and director of the research centre.

The demand is coming from Sto:lo leaders who want the atlas made more widely available in their communities, as well as demand from the academic world.

What makes it unique is that it’s community-based book, that is “deeply informed by a Sto:lo perspective,” Schaepe said, on the history of the land, the language and Sto:lo culture.

The Wednesday June 1 relaunch event will feature presentations by Dr. Dave Schaepe, Dr. Naxaxalhts’i, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie and Grand Chief Clarence Pennier, with a Q&A session to follow.

It will start at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Book signing by some of the authors and reduced purchase price are in store for attendees.

“It’s particularly timely now, as the Atlas is something that could help with reconciliation,” Schaepe said.