Indigenous Writers’ Gathering – June 5, 2018

Indigenous Writers’ Gathering on June 5, 2018 

The Government of Canada cordially invites you to the Indigenous Writers’ Gathering on June 5, 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:

  • Tomson Highway
  • Tenille K. Campbell
  • Napatsi Folger


  • Jane Chartrand, First Nation Elder
    Jane Chartrand

    Jane Chartrand, Algonquin descent grew up near the Madawaska River in Ontario. At a young age, Jane lived in the village with her maternal Grandmother, Nokomis. Her Nokomis taught her the traditions and beliefs of the Algonquin people.

    In 2004, Jane was presented with the Canadian Aboriginal Music Award’s “Keeper of Traditions in Aboriginal Music Award” for her years of dedication to healing through song stories and books. Jane is an advocate for women’s rights and equality, and a positive role model. She worked with Correctional Services Canada for more than 25 years, advises the Aboriginal Justice Directorate, and is a dedicated volunteer on numerous Boards of Directors. A residential school survivor, Jane has been instrumental in the healing journey of many residential school survivors through the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat’s Group Independent Assessment Process.

  • Jennifer David: Master of Ceremony
    Jennifer David

    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).

  • Tomson Highway, First nation writer
    Tomson  Highway

    Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He was raised off-reserve, in the spectacularly beautiful natural landscape that is Canada’s sub-Arctic. He had the great privilege of growing up in two languages, neither of which was French or English; but Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of the neighbouring “nation”; a people with whom they roamed and hunted. Following an education where he earned both a Bachelor of Music and the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts with an English major, he spent seven years immersed in the field of Native social work. He then combined his education and training and poured himself into writing.Today Tomson enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, pianist, composer and song writer. Tomson is best known for universal hits such as "The Rez Sisters", "Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing", "Rose", "Ernestine Shuswap Gets her Trout" and the best-selling novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. He has also published a number of children’s books, namely Caribou Song, Dragon Fly Kites and Fox on the Ice.

  • Tenille K Campbell, Dene/Métis author
    Tenille K  Campbell

    Tenille K Campbell is a Dene & Métis Storyteller ​from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is in her fourth year of PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing in Indigenous Literature. She is the author of #IndianLovePoems, a poetry collection with a gaze upon Indigenous Erotica and the humour within. She is also the artist behind sweetmoon photography, a successful photography business that specializes in capturing the stories of Indigenous people, and is ​the co-creator of "tea&bannock", an online collective blog featuring the images and experiences of Indigenous women photographers throughout Canada.

    Twitter : @sweetmoonphoto
    Instagram: @sweetmoonphoto

  • Napatsi Folger, Inuit Writer
    Napatsi Folger

    Napatsi Folger is a freelance short fiction and non-fiction writer from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She has a background in history and creative writing and is currently working as a policy advisor, and will be starting an MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia in September 2018.

    She has written both fiction and non-fiction for publications such as Word Hoard, Puritan Magazine, The Walrus, Matrix Magazine, The Town Crier and published her first Young Adult novel "Joy of Apex" in 2012 with Inhabit Media.

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? Tuesday, June 5, 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.

For more information about this event, please email

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