Sometimes, lamentable and heinous acts bring people together. For author Joseph Boyden, it was yet another violent assault on a First Nations woman that first angered him, but then inspired him to reach out to fellow artists and thinkers.
The inspiration led to the new anthology Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters, which features new writing and original artwork by more than 50 contributors, including Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Gord Downie, Thomas King, Lee Maracle, and Yann Martel.
"Clutching an eagle feather in one hand and a prepared statement in the other, First Nations sexual assault survivor Rinelle Harper used her first major public appearance since the attack to call for a national inquiry into Canada’s murdered and missing aboriginal women."
SPRINGHILL - A new art installation at the Springhill Miner’s Memorial Library uses traditional native artistic techniques and multimedia to illustrate the creation of The Thundermaker, a story based on a traditional Mi’kmaq legend.
"In this bonus episode, authors Eric Gansworth and Joseph Bruchac and their editors, Cheryl Klein and Stacy Whitman, discuss the particular pleasures and challenges of writing, editing, and publishing Native American young adult literature."
In 2007, novelist Joseph Boyden and translator Greg Spence spent a week at the Banff International Literary Translation Centre working on a Cree-language edition of Boyden’s acclaimed first novel, Three Day Road (Penguin Canada).
From above, the Keith Miller Arena near Elmsdale is a blur of tiny bodies. Cheryl Maloney stands in the heated lookout room above the rink and searches for her 10-year-old son, Chase. Then she spots him in his mustard-yellow jersey with his dark hair spilling out from under his helmet — a streak of colour moving across the ice.
Chase started playing hockey when he was three. He held his first stick when he was just 13 months old — a cheap mini stick Maloney picked up from the grocery store.
Second Story is holding a contest for contemporary writing for young readers that reflects the modern experience of Canadian Aboriginal – First Nations, Métis, and Inuit – people. The jury will be particularly looking for stories with an urban setting.
Canadian writers who identify as Aboriginal are invited to submit their original, previously unpublished manuscripts by March 31, 2015. The winner of the contest will be announced in April 2015 and will be offered a publishing contract from Second Story Press.
Right now is a particularly amazing time for Canadian children's literature, in particular due to a fleet of incredible illustrators whose work has catapulted us into a golden age. Julie Flett is one of them.
As a kid, David Alexander Robertson felt detached from his Swampy Cree heritage. But as the Winnipeg writer-educator grew older, he felt more of a need to connect with his culture. Hoping to instill the same desire for connection in younger generations, Robertson began writing YA graphic novels that draw on Cree mythology and history.