Paueru Gai Dialogues #9: Monumental Reckoning

Saturday November 20, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Online on Zoom
This event is completed – watch the recording below!

In the ninth and final Paueru Gai Dialogues event, Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon will be in conversation with Skundaal Bernie Williams- Gul Kiit Jaad, Joe Fry and Ken Lum as they rethink and reimagine what monument means and why memorialization might be important. Do we need monuments and, if so, why? What do they mean and for whom? How are monuments being rethought? Participants will be invited into breakout groups to share their perspectives with one another. To wrap up the event, everyone will reconvene to offer questions and debrief together.

This online event is free, donations are gratefully accepted through Eventbrite or Canada Helps.

Guest Host and Panelist Bios

Guest Host Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon is a Landscape Architect and Partner at PFS Studio. Specializing in projects dealing with the public realm, she is committed to the creation of meaningful public spaces that merge cultural, social, and environmental ecologies.


Skundaal Bernie Williams (Gul Kiit Jaad; Golden Spruce Woman) is a long time Downtown Eastside resident, artist and activist. She is the first Indigenous woman to receive the Bold Woman of the Year award from BOLDFEST in 2018, and is cofounder of Walk4Justice, which brought National attention to the Highway of Tears and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is a passionate advocate and rallies against the discrimination, abuse and sexual assault, human trafficking, exploitation against Aboriginal and LGBTQ2S women and girls.

Joe Fry is the founding principal of Hapa Collaborative and a contemporary voice for landscape architecture and urban design in Vancouver. Throughout his career, Joe has dedicated himself to deepening the discussion around the economic, societal and environmental values of civic placemaking. Joe is a coach, a parent, a volunteer and a committed participant in our City’s discussion about design and the public realm.

Ken Lum is an artist of long standing who has exhibited widely in numerous important global art exhibitions. He is co-founder of Monument Lab, a think tank focused on analysing monumental and memorial forms as well as an active writer.

Watch the recording here: