The Government of Canada cordially invites you to the second Indigenous Writers' Gathering on March 28, 2018.
Please join us for a vibrant discussion with prominent Indigenous authors. Audience members will have an opportunity to engage with the authors as well.
Hosted by Jennifer David, the Gathering will feature:
- David A. Robertson, member of Norway House Cree Nation
- Gwen Benaway, poet of Anishinaabe and Métis descent
- Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, Inuit author from Baker Lake
Biographies of participants
Jennifer David: Master of Ceremony
Jennifer David is an NVision Insight Group (formerly called Stonecircle Consulting) partner, board member and senior consultant who has worked in the field of Indigenous communications and consulting for more than 15 years. Prior to consulting, Jennifer was the Director of Communications for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network after which she started her own communications consulting company. A member of Chapleau Cree First Nation, Jennifer has degrees in Journalism and English literature from Carleton University. As a skilled and experienced communicator, planner, writer and facilitator, Jennifer brings energy, creativity and professionalism to every project, driven by her commitment to the promotion of Indigenous communities and cultures. She is currently a board member of Makonsag, an urban Aboriginal Headstart/preschool program in Ottawa. In her spare time, she loves to read Indigenous literature and play basketball (though not at the same time).
David A. Robertson: First nation representative
David A. Robertson is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (Governor General’s Literary Award winner, McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People winner, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist), Will I See? (winner of the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award Graphic Novel Category), and the YA novel Strangers. David educates as well as entertains through his writings about Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.
Gwen Benaway : Métis representative
Gwen Benaway is a trans girl poet of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published two collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage, and her third collection, Holy Wild, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2018. She has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Anne Sexton. She has received many distinctions and awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer's Trust of Canada. Her poetry and essays have been published in national publications and anthologies, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, CBC Arts, and many others.
Deborah Kigjugalik Webster: Inuit representative
Deborah Kigjugalik Webster grew up in Baker Lake, Nunavut, where she loved to learn about her Inuit culture and heritage. She has a degree in Anthropology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and works as an Inuit heritage researcher and author. Deborah is the author of 2 books including Harvaqtuurmiut Heritage: The Heritage of the Inuit of the Lower Kazan River (Artisan Press Ltd., 1998) and Akilak’s Adventure (Inhabit Media, 2016). She has presented at the NorthWords Writers Festival in Yellowknife, Word on the Street in Toronto, Ottawa International Writers Festival, the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, and has done several Author’s Visits to libraries in the Ottawa area, and at Chapters. Deborah lives in Ottawa with her 2 teenage daughters and pet dog.
The Indigenous Writers’ Gathering is part of the ongoing #IndigenousReads campaign, which encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing Indigenous literature.
Simultaneous translation will be available.
When? Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and free light refreshment will be served.
Where? 395 Wellington Street, Pellan Room, Ottawa, Ontario
Seating is limited, so please register before March 26.
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