Indigenous Writers’ Gathering – August 31, 2018

Indigenous Writers’ Gathering on August 31, 2018

The Government of Canada Cordially invites you to the Indigenous Writers’ Gathering – Literary Happy Hour on August 31, 2018. The Literary happy hour is part of the event KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples.

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 Louis Karl Picard-Sioui, the Gathering will feature:

  • Louis Karl Picard-Sioui
  • Dave Jenniss
  • Naomi Fontaine
  • Virginia Bordeleau


  • Louis Karl Picard-Sioui
    Louis Karl Picard-Sioui

    Writer, poet, “performer” and visual arts curator, Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui refuses to be categorized and considers himself, above all, a creator. A member of the Wendat People, he was raised and still resides in Wendake. He has worked for some 15 years disseminating Indigenous arts and culture. He is the co founder and director of Kwahiatonhk!, the only Francophone NPO in Canada devoted to the promotion and dissemination of Indigenous literature.

    His first book, Yawendara et la forêt des Têtes-Coupées (Le Loup de gouttière, 2005), was shortlisted for the Ville de Québec/Salon international du livre de Québec 2006 award in the youth novel category. His poetry has been featured across the country and overseas, showcased in various exhibitions, adapted for animated film, and published in various collections such as De la paix en jachère (Éditions Hannenorak, 2012) and Les grandes absences (Mémoire d’encrier 2013). Several of his works have also been published in magazines and collections, including Amun (Stanké, 2016) and Les bruits du monde (Mémoire d’encrier, 2012). In 2017, he published his first collection of short stories, Chroniques de Kitchike : la grand débarque (Éditions Hannenorak), where he developed a harsh universe echoing the realities of Indigenous people on reserves in southern Quebec.

    In his writing, Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui alternates between the desire to share the wisdom and values of his ancestors, and the need to express is individual identity and the necessity to fight against colonial trapt.

  • Dave Jenniss
    Dave Jenniss

    Dave Jenniss was born to a Métis father from the Malecite Nation and a Quebec mother. Since March 2017, he has been the artistic director at Montreal's Ondinnok theatre. He is also an actor, playwright and screenwriter. His career has been infused with Indigenous culture since 2004. He performed on stage in Hamlet le Malécite, Wigwam, Wulustek, Ktahkomiq and Mokatek et l’étoile disparue, his latest creation in 2018.He also performed on stage in Contes urbains, Les papillons de Nuit, Boeing, L’Amour à l’agenda, Toc Toc, Confidences trop intimes, Charlotte, Zone, Le long de la principale and Le revers du crime. In 2013 he won the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier students’ choice award in the best supporting actor category for his performance in the role of Moineau in Zone.

    Since 2008, Dave Jenniss’s reputation as a playwright has grown steadily thanks to various plays grounded in Indigenous culture. Having received an individual creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, he wrote Wulustek and Le tambour du temps. With a research and creation grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, he created his first play for children, Mokatek et l’étoile disparue. He also wrote Delphine rêve toujours, his first play for the youth audience, which will be produced in 2020 in Ottawa.

    On television, he has had roles in La grande bataille 2, C'est ici qu’on le dit, Les Rescapés de la justice and Shaputuan, and he also played the leading role of a lovable raccoon in three seasons of the children’s series Mouki. He played a police officer in the Indigenous comedy webseries Police sans réserve produced by Awe:ri Productions and webcasted by TV5 and APTN. He was also a screenwriter for Méchant Trip season 2, a youth program that aired on APTN.

  • Naomi Fontaine
    Naomi Fontaine

    Naomi Fontaine was born in Uashat, an Indian reserve where spruce trees are the main feature of the landscape. With her strong attachment to her people, she writes in honour of Innu faces and what their eyes have seen and lived. Her first poetry collection, Kuessipan : À toi, was published in March 2011 by Mémoire d’encrier. It was enthusiastically acclaimed by both the public and critics. She also co‑edited Tracer un chemin, Meshkenatsheu, an anthology of First Nations written works. Manikanetish, Petite Marguerite, is her latest novel.

  • Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau
    Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau

    Born in 1951 in Abitibi, Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau is a multidisciplinary artist of Cree and Métis heritage. As a visual artist, she has been active for more than 30 years and her work has been shown in exhibitions in France, Mexico and Denmark. She was commissioned several times to create public works of art to be integrated into architecture. In 2006, she won the Prix d’excellence en creation régionale from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and, as a writer, she won the Télé-Québec mention for poetry. She published her first novel, Ourse bleue, with les éditions de la Pleine lune, in 2007. In 2012, she won the Prix littéraire de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and her poetry collection De rouge et de blanc was published by Mémoire d’encrier, followed by the novel L’amant du lac in 2013 and L’enfant hiver in 2014—which was published as Winter Child, an English translation, by Freehand Books. In 2016, she won ex-aequo the Prix Marquise Leblanc en innovation Métier d’art du Bas-St-Laurent, and her second poetry collection, Je te veux vivant, was published by Éditions du Quartz.


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

Date: Friday, August 31, 2018
Time: 5 to 7 P.M. (doors will open at 4:45 P.M.)
Location: Place de l’Assemblée-Nationale, 1082-1086 Avenue Honoré-Mercier, Québec, Québec, under the tent
Registration: Registration is free. Seating is limited, so please register.

The event will be in French only.

Download the event agenda [PDF 237 KB]


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