REPORTING · 27th July 2011
There was a special visit to the Kitimat Public Library by a Nurse on Wednesday, July 20th. This Nurse was writer Keith Billington who wrote “House Calls by Dogsled” and “Cold Land, Warm Hearts.”
Keith Billington and his wife, Muriel were trained nurses from Britain who were brought over to Canada to serve the aboriginal community around Fort McPherson. Billington shared his experiences providing care with a slide show of pictures relating to his stories from the 1960s and modern pictures of a recent trek made to Fort McPherson.
“We came North and what we found was: We went there to teach heath to the Indians. What we found was they taught us about communications, about people, they taught us patients and it was really, a give-give situation and it was really remarkable staying there. We had our adventures and, professionally speaking, it was marvellous,” said Billington.
Billington’s adventures included stories of being in the wilderness on a dogsled, the people he met and how things were done differently. He also reflected on how things changed in the many years since he left the small town.
It was a reflection on ones adventures in northern Canada. The next author will be visting on Wednesday, August third, hosted by Bookmasters.. The author is Heidi Oeste who wrote “Never Give Up.”
Indians of medicine
Comment by Ruby Duncan on 2nd August 2011
I am surprised they used the word indians in their text. Indians are indians from India, we are first nations not indians from india.