Indigenous Writers’ Gathering - June 12, 2019

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The Government of Canada, the Ottawa International Writers Festival and Ottawa Public Library cordially invite you to the Indigenous Writers' Gathering on June 12, 2019.

Please join us for a vibrant discussion with prominent Indigenous authors. Audience members will have an opportunity to engage with the authors as well. Elder Albert Dumont will begin the evening with a prayer.

Hosted by Jaime Morse, the Indigenous Writers' Gathering will feature:

  • Colleen Cardinal
  • Suzanne Methot
  • Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
7 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)
Simultaneous translation will be available.
Library and Archives Canada, Alfred Pellan Room (2nd floor)
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Registration :

Seating is limited, so please register.

The Indigenous Writers' Gathering is part of the ongoing #IndigenousReads campaign, which encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing Indigenous literature.

For more information about this event, call 613-996-5115 or email


  • Albert Dumont, First Nations Elder

    Albert Dumont, "South Wind," is a poet, storyteller, speaker and Algonquin traditional teacher. He was born and raised in traditional Algonquin territory (Kitigan Zibi). He has been walking the "Red Road" since commencing his sobriety in 1988. He has published four books of poetry and short stories, and one children's book, written in three languages. Several organizations, both native and non-native, are currently featuring his poetry in their promotions; among them are the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Native Veterans Association.

    Since October 2016, Albert Dumont has been serving his community as one of 13 Elders on the Elders Advisory Committee of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. He worked as Elder for the Parole Board of Canada at Elder-Assisted Hearings from November 2013 to March 2017. He was the spiritual advisor for Aboriginal offenders of J Unit at Millhaven Institution from October 2010 to October 2013. He has served with the Ottawa Native Concerns Committee since 1993, and also served with the Ottawa and District Injured Workers Group for six years (he is a survivor of a construction accident). He was awarded the Public Service Alliance of Canada – National Capital Region (PSAC NCR) 2010 Human Rights Recognition Award. In January 2017, he received the DreamKEEPERS Citation for Outstanding Leadership.

    Albert Dumont has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal spirituality and healing, and to protecting the rights of Aboriginal peoples, particularly the young. He is the father of two daughters and has four grandchildren.

  • Jaime Morse, Master of Ceremonies

    Jaime Morse (formerly Koebel) is the founder of Indigenous Walks. She is a Michif woman with Nehiyaw and German ancestry, originally from Lac La Biche, Alberta, living on unceded Anishinaabe Territory (Ottawa, Ontario) since 2000.

    Jaime Morse's post-secondary background is in Canadian and Indigenous Studies, as well as Art History, at Carleton University. She has worked for several national and local Indigenous organizations and has taught Indigenous Studies at Carleton University and Algonquin College. She is currently employed at the National Gallery of Canada as an Educator for Indigenous Programs and Outreach.
    In 2009, Jaime Morse joined Canada's Governor General on an official state visit to Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Emerging Indigenous Artist Award through the Ontario Arts Council, and joined Students on Ice for a two-week expedition to Greenland and Nunavut as an on-board artist in residence. In 2017, she was the recipient for a citizen's award in the Ottawa-West federal riding, and she curated her first exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery, called "Wapikwanew: Blossom."

  • Colleen Cardinal, First Nations Authors

    Colleen Cardinal was recently nominated for a CBC Ottawa Trailblazer Award. She is Nehiyaw Iskwew from Onihcikiskowapowin Saddle Lake First Nation Alberta, daughter of a residential school survivor, 60s scoop adoptee and MMIWG family member, and social justice activist organizer. She is co-founder of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network and successfully organized two national Indigenous Adoptee Gatherings, in 2014 and 2015. She is the proud mother of four grown children and enjoys spending all of her free time with her grandchildren.

  • Suzanne Methot, First Nations Author

    Suzanne Methot is a Nehiyaw (Cree) writer, editor, educator and community worker born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Peace River, Alberta. Her work has been published in anthologies including Steal My Rage: New Native Voices and Let the Drums Be Your Heart. She has worked in the non-profit sector, in the classroom, and in advocacy and direct-service positions in Indigenous community–based agencies. She is co-author of the textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations, and she currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

  • Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, First Nations Author

    Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is a writer, poet, spoken-word performer, librettist and activist from the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. She is the founder and Managing Editor of Kegedonce Press, which was established in 1993 to publish the work of Indigenous creators. She has written two books of poetry, was a contributor to the graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold, was editor of the award-winning Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, and has also released two poetry and music CDs. Her work has been published internationally, and she has performed and spoken around the world.

Ottawa Public Library, Writers Festival, Canada 

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