Author and former Xat’sull Chief Bev Sellars with Ryan Franke
Bev Sellars is a Canadian writer, who was a finalist for the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature for her book “They Called Me Number One”. She published “They Called Me Number One” in 2013 as a memoir of her childhood experience in the Indian residential school system. The book also won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. Sellars was a student at the St. Joseph’s Residential School in Williams Lake, British Columbia. She later studied history at the University of Victoria, and law at the University of British Columbia. First elected chief of Xat’sull in 1987, she has also served as an adviser to the British Columbia Treaty Commission.