Indigenous Literary Studies Association 2017 Conference:

Ethics of Belonging: Protocols, Pedagogies, Land and Stories

 4pm Sunday June 18 – 6pm Tuesday June 20

Stó:lō Territory (Chilliwack, BC)

 Stó:lō Nation Teaching Longhouse

Stó:lō Service Agency, 7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4G5

Phone: (1) 604-858-3366,  Email:


Followed by an evening of poetry, music, and performance in celebration of National Aboriginal Day, Wednesday June 21

Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories (Vancouver, BC)

Coast Plaza Hotel (West End neighbourhood)

1763 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1P5

Sunday, June 18th


Opening Night

3:00 pm     Check-in and Registration:   Teaching Longhouse

Note: those who have been unable to pre-register can pay by cash or cheque at the door; receipts can be picked up at the door.

  • Tea and Bannock and Visiting
  • Workshop: Making cedar roses and bracelets with Frieda George
  • N.B.: please view the short film T’xwelátze is Finally Home on the Stó:lō Library and Archives YouTube channel before coming to the conference.


5:00 pm     Dinner:   Teaching Longhouse


6:30 pm     Stó:lō Opening:   Teaching Longhouse

  • We are honoured to announce that Sonny McHalsie (Dr. Naxaxalhts'i) will act as Speaker, and that Shirley Hardman will act as Floor Manager
  • We are also grateful for the work of drummers Eddie Gardner, Arthur Lyle Leon, Alannah Young Leon, and Dorothy Christian
  • Gifting, acknowledgement of territory, and the calling of witnesses
  • Sq'ewlets Dancers



Monday, June 19th


Introductions and Keynote Address

8:00 am     Registration:   Teaching Longhouse

  • Please note that the hotel serves a free hot breakfast, so coffee will not be served till 10:45 am.
  • While the conference hotel has free wifi, Stó:lō  Nation does not.  If you plan to use AV, please bring your presentation on a data stick or consider using hand-outs.  Pluse a reminder that Macs are incompatible with the AV at Stó:lō Nation.
  • While there will be a variety of people to share rides with, you are also free to walk.  Please not that it is a 1.5 kilometre walk from the hotel to Stó:lō Nation which google calculates to take 18 minutes to walk.

8:15 am     Introductions & Greetings from the ILSA Council and Stó:lō Hosts

8:45 am     Grounding Workshop with Alannah Young Leon and Dorothy Christian

9:15 am     Opening Keynote: Stó:lō scholars Dr. Jo-ann Archibald and Lee Maracle in Conversation.  With Stó:lō grad student Dara Kelly

10:45 am    Coffee Break


Concurrent Morning Panels, Session 1

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Panel 1A:   Language Room, Building 10

Indigenous Languages in Translational and Trans/national Spaces

  • Chair: June Scudeler
  • Sarah Henzi, “Belonging within Terri(s)tories: Indigenous Voices in Translation”
  • Svetlana Seibel, “‘A Story Emily Recognizes’: A.A. Carr’s Eye Killers as a Trans/National Novel"
  • Erin Soros, “‘It Happened. Not when you thought it did, but it happened’:  Visions, Voices, Prophecy in Lee Maracle’s Celia’s Song"

Panel 1B:   Centre Room, Building 10

Digital Storytelling and Indigenous New Media

  • Chair: Sophie McCall
  • Cassandra Hradil, “Interactivity, Indigeneity, and Imaginary”
  • Jessica Janssen, “Performing Acts of Resurgence and Sovereignty in ‘Aboriginally Determined Territories in Cyberspace’”
  • Bryan Myles, “The Bill Reid Centre and the ‘App’ location of culture and history”
  • Alix Shield, “Reframing Indigenous Literature through DH: E. Pauline Johnson and Chief Capilano’s Legends of Vancouver

Panel 1C:    Elders' Room, Building 10

On Childhood and Belonging

  • Chair: Aubrey Hansen
  • Jennifer Adese, “The Trouble with the Town: Place and Belonging in Two Métis Children’s Books”
  • Mandy Suhr-Sytsma, “Representing Childhood in Narratives of Residential School, Healing, and Reconciliation"
  • Patrizia Zanella, “From the Lakes to the Prairies: Ethics of Belonging in Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark House Series”


Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:30 pm     Lunch will be in the Teaching Longhouse


Film Viewing

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm  - Centre Room, Building 10

Tasha Hubbard, “Buffalo Bone Memories: Depictions of Buffalo Genocide in Indigenous Film”

Chair: Jesse Archibald-Barber


Concurrent Afternoon Panels, Session 2

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Panel 2A:   Centre Room, Building 10

"Journeying Back to the Body"

  • Chair: Angela Semple
  • June Scudeler, “‘Moving to the City is Like Science Fiction’: René Highway’s Prism Mirror Lens and Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren”
  • Sarah Kent, “‘I got this Ab Original soul/ I got this Ab Original flow’: Frank Waln, the Postmasculindian, and Hip Hop as Survivance”
  • Geraldine King, “That Time I Had an Abortion: Reproductive Justice as Bloody, (Fleshy) Liberation in Eden Robinson’s Queen of the North
  • Lisa Tatonetti, “Embodying Community Responsibility: Two-Spirits, Indigenous Lesbians, and an Ethic of Care”

Panel 2B:   Language Room, Building 10

Language and Treaty

  • Chair: Deanna Reder
  • Jade McDougall, “Language Resistance in Marvin Francis’ City Treaty”
  • Christine Stewart, "A Poetics of Treaty"
  • Reuben Quinn, “A Poetics of Treaty”


Tea, Art Viewing and Discussion

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm    - Centre Room, Building 10

annie ross: Extinction Portraits  -  with community Partners including Johnny Jones, Lil'Wat Nation

Chair: Jesse Archibald-Barber


Dinner Break

5:30 pm     Dinner will be in the Teaching Longhouse


An Evening of Poetry and Performance

6:30 pm     Teaching Longhouse

Featuring: Lee Maracle, Joseph Dandurand, and Nicola Campbell

7:30 pm     Joanne Arnott and Rita Wong: A Tribute to Connie Fife

8:00 pm     Open Mic  -  Emcee: Angela Semple


Tuesday, June 20th


8:00 am Registration

  • Please note that the hotel serves a hot breakfast
  • Please consider filling up your water bottle before leaving for Stó:lō Nation


Concurrent Morning Panels, Session 3

8:30 am – 10:15 am    

Panel 3A:  Language Room, Building 10

The Resilient Artistry of Indigenous Political Prose

  • Chair: June Scudeler
  • Jillian Baker, “Decolonizing Editorial Frameworks: Digital Storytelling and Self-Determination in the Transmission of Indigenous Autobiographical Writing”
  • Jenna Hunnef, “Method Man: William Apess’s Rhetorical Agency”
  • Brendan McCormack, “‘The Voice of BC Indians’: Nesika and the Poetry of Indigenous Newsletters”
  • Mike Taylor, “‘The Indians Must Organize’: Remembering Co-National Relationships through the Writings of the National Council of American Indians”

Panel 3B:   Centre Room, Building 10

Land, Water, Sovereignty

  • Chair: Dorothy Christian
  • Warren Cariou, “Sweetgrass Stories: Braiding and Breathing the Land”
  • Jane Griffith, “Law, Literature, and Leslie Marmon Silko: Competing Narratives of Water”
  • Shaun Stevenson, “Shifting the Terrain: Rethinking Land Rights Issues Through Indigenous Approaches to Water”
  • Christina Turner, “Indigenizing the Poet’s Journey: Garry Thomas Morse’s Discovery Passages

Panel 3C:   Elders' Room, Building 10

Unreconciled: Contesting Critical Debates in Indigenous Studies

  • Chair: Jesse Archibald-Barber
  • Nancy Van Styvendale, “‘Don’t let’m break u cuz’: Caretaking through Creative Expression in Carceral Space”
  • Pauline Wakeham, “#IndigenousReads, Public Pedagogies of Reconciliation, and the Transformative Labour of Indigenous Communities”
  • Michael Minor, “‘delicate successes’: The Trans-Indigenous and the Poetry of Rogers and Scofield”


Coffee Break

10:15 am    Coffee Break


Concurrent Late Morning Panels, Session 4

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Panel 4A:   Language Room, Building 10

Collaboration, Storytelling, Witnessing

  • Chair: Sophie McCall
  • Benjamin Miller, “The Ethics of Editing Indigenous Stories: David Unaipon’s Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines”
  • Melanie Belmore, “Louis Bird, Humour and Traditional Storytelling Understanding the Performance in Storytelling”
  • Johannah Bird, “Whose Photos?: The Ethics of Collaboration and Representation in the Edward Curtis Project”
  • Melanie Braith, “(Per-)Forming Relationships through the Act of Witnessing: Towards a Theory of Ethical Engagement with Residential School Testimonies”

Panel 4B:   Centre Room, Building 10

Inter-tribal Solidarities and the (Sub)Urban Rez

  • Chair: Sarah Henzie
  • Adar Charlton, “The Indigenous Self as Stranger: Stories of Un-Belonging in the work of George Kenny”
  • Clint Burnham, “‘That’s not a popular thing to say right now’: In Defence of the Concrete Reservation”
  • Aubrey Hanson, “Belonging and Home in Katherena Vermette’s The Break
  • Dallas Hunt, “‘Ruined’ and Resurgent Indians: Representations of Urban Indigeneity or The Polyvocal Character of Urban Indigeneity”

Panel 4C:   Elders' Room, Building 10

Decolonizing Love and Land

  • Chair: Angela Semple
  • Maral Moradipour, “Relationality, Kinship, and Continuance in Leanne Simpson’s ‘nogojiwanong’”
  • Ashley Morford, “De-firsting & Re-mapping Landscapes through Kent Monkman’s Miss Chief”
  • Brenda Vellino, “A Land and Water Kinship Ethics and Relational Restitution in Leanne Simpson’s story-poem-songs from Islands of Decolonial Love and F(l)ight.”


Renate Eigenbrod Mentorship Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm    

  • Once registered, you will be approached to either be a mentor or be matched with one.


Book Launches

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm    - Centre Room, Building 10

  • Emcee: Jesse Archibald-Barber
  • Tenille Campbell: “As the Bannock Burns: Indigenous Erotica and Humour”
  • Book launches including Tenille Campbell’s Indian Love Poems and CanLit special issue announcement.
  • (Please contact if you will be present to launch a book.)

Announcement of Emerging Indigenous Writers Award, with Robin Parker:

  • The Emerging Indigenous Voices Awards promotes the production of Indigenous literature, supporting writers at different stages of their careers. The roster of jurors includes renowned Indigenous authors Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Gregory Scofield, and Richard Van Camp, as well as significant figures in the Canadian literary arts scene Rodney Saint-Éloi and Shelagh Rogers.


Kitchen Table Dialogues: Small Group Workshops

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Isabelle St. Amand, “Revisioning the Americas through Indigenous Cinema”

  • Moderator: Tasha Hubbard
  • Centre Room, Building 10

Matthew Herman, “Resurgence in Indigenous Research Methodologies”

  • Moderator: Sam McKegney
  • Elders' Room, Building 10


Lumlamelut Wee Lay Laq and Dr. Dara Kelly, "What the Clouds See: Stó:lō Ideas Embedded in Halq'emélem"

  • Moderator: Dara Kelly
  • Language Room, Building 10


Angela Semple, “Queer Indigenous/Two-Spirit/trans/non-binary Inclusion in the Indigenous Lit Classroom”

  • Moderator: Daniel Heath Justice
  • Teaching Longhouse


Heather Macfarlane, “The Resurrection of Chanie Wenjack”

  • Moderator: Michelle Coupal
  • Teaching Longhouse


Closing and Witnessing

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm     Teaching Longhouse

  • Please plan to attend this important ceremony in Stó:lō protocols 


TUESDAY EVENING SHUTTLE: You have the opportunity to reserve a seat on a shuttle leaving Chilliwack Tuesday evening. It will take you to King George Skytrain Station, where you can catch the Skytrain to Vancouver. See “Airport Information” for details.

Wednesday June 21st

Readings and Performances in Vancouver

Coast Plaza Hotel (West End neighbourhood), 1763 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1P5

Free and open to the public | Cash bar

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Emcee: Angela Semple


  • Jordan Abel
  • Rain Prud’homme-Cranford
  • Samantha Nock
  • M’girl   - M’girl is an ensemble of Indigenous women who play percussive-based hand drum songs blending harmonies into a contemporary gospel style, reflecting both their cultural practice and their personal story of home.


Biographies for ILSA: Stó:lō

Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer and arts activist, originally from Manitoba, at home in Richmond, BC. Joanne is mother to six young people (born at home, 1986-2003). She is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Halfling Spring (Kegedonce Press, 2014), with illustrations by Leo Yerxa—shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award—and A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale Press, 2013). Her first book won the Gerald Lampert’s Award for best first book of poetry (Wiles of Girlhood, Press Gang, 1991). Joanne is a founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, and a past volunteer on The Writers Union of Canada’s National Council and The Writers Trust’s Author's Committee. She text-edited Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image (AWCWC 2011), and co-edited a Special Double Issue of Rice Paper Magazine, featuring Aboriginal and Asian Canadian Writers (Fall/Winter 2012). She is the current Poetry Editor for Event Magazine.

Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald (Q’um Q’um Xiiem) is the former associate dean for Indigenous Education, director of the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), and professor of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Member of the Stól:lō Nation, Archibald is described as a visionary and an agent of change, and is nationally recognized for creating culturally relevant teacher education and graduate programs for Aboriginal students. During her career of more than 40 years, her work transformed the learning landscape through curriculum and program development, policy, teaching and research. As a member of the board of directors of the First Nations House of Learning at UBC, Archibald worked with the Faculty of Arts, Agricultural Sciences, Law and many others to develop and implement Indigenous projects on campus. At the national level, Archibald co-led the Accord on Indigenous Education in 2010, a groundbreaking collaboration to improve Indigenous education in Canada. At the international level, she helped establish a formal relationship between UBC and the University of Auckland in New Zealand, where she served as director for the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education. Archibald is the author of Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit published by UBC Press in 2008. She also served as editor of the Canadian Journal of Native Education. In 2000, Archibald won a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education and an AERA (American Education Research Association) Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award in 2013.

Nicola Campbell is an author of Nłeʔkepmx, Nsyilx and Métis ancestry and is named after her home, BC’s Nicola Valley. She writes adult and children’s free-verse poetry, fiction and non-fiction as well as children’s literature. She is the award-winning author of three children’s picture books with a fourth book soon to be published. Her children’s books include Shi-shi-etko (2006), Shin-chi’s Canoe (winner of the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and on the 2009 USBBY Outstanding International Books List and co-winner of the 2006 Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year Award) and Grandpa’s Girls (2012). Nicola currently has an undergraduate and a graduate degree in creative writing and is working towards a doctor of philosophy focusing on contemporary Indigenous literature and storytelling through UBCO located in Kelowna, BC. She currently lives in Rosedale, BC with her partner and two children. Nicola finds peace on land and water: paddling, running, hiking and biking. She has a strong respect and an absolute belief in First Nation’s spirituality, culture and tradition.

Dorothy Christian, PhD (Secwepemc-Syilx), is a member of the Splatsin, one of 17 communities of the Secwepemc Nation. She is the eldest of 10 and has one daughter and over 60 nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Dorothy’s research, “Gathering Knowledge: Indigenous Methodologies of Land/Place-Based Visual Storytelling & Visual Sovereignty,” looked closely at the connections between land, story and cultural protocols. She co-edited the book downstream: Reimagining Water (2017) with Dr. Rita Wong, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Other publications include: a book chapter, “Untapping Watershed Mind” co-authored with Rita Wong in Thinking With Water (2013), published by McGill-Queens University Press; a book chapter in Volume 3 of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation books, “Reconciling With The People and The Land” in Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation Through the Lens of Cultural Diversity (2011); a chapter co-authored with Victoria Freeman, “The History of a Friendship or Some Thoughts on Becoming Allies” in L. Davis (ed.). Alliances: Re/Envisioning Indigenous-non-Indigenous Relationships (2010), published by University of Toronto Press. 

Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River about 20 minutes east of Vancouver. He resides there with his three children Danessa, Marlysse, and Jace. He is the Heritage/Lands Officer for his people and has been performing his duties for 20 years. He has been tasked with protecting his people’s heritage from the many destructive elements of development in the Kwantlen territory.

  • Joseph loves to fish.
  • He loves to write plays.
  • He loves to write books of poetry.
  • He also loves to watch his
  • daughter Danessa play soccer and hockey.
  • Joseph is also deeply in love with and follows his rich culture.
  • It is his and his family’s medicine
  • and it carries them thru the winters
  • and into the spring time
  • when the fish start
  • to come back into the river.
  • Joseph loves to fish.

He received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. His produced plays include Crackers and Soup (1994), No Totem for My Story (1995), Where Two Rivers Meet (1995), and Please Do Not Touch the Indians (1998) for the Red Path Theater in Chicago (1999), for the Algonquin Theater in Connecticut (2000 and 2006), for the Debajemejig Theater in Ontario (2001), and at the Autry Theater in Los Angeles, California (2004). Joseph has also authored a radio script, St Mary's, which was produced by CBC Radio in 1999.

Shirley Swelchalot Shxwha:yathel Hardman: My name is Shirley Anne Hardman. I am a Stó:lō ascendant. I carry two ancestral names: Shxwhá:yathel and Swelchalot. I live and work in the territory of my ancestors; my home is in the Shxwhá:y Village. My mother is the late Jessie James. Because of the 60’s scoop, I grew up away from the reserve but fortunately found loving parents in Larrie and Doreen Hardman. I have one son, Tyler Ray Allen Page. I have numerous foster children, including Brenda Williams-Pike who has generously adopted me as one of the grandmothers to her three children. I have two brothers and two sisters, many nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles and cousins. I attended the University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. My professional experiences have included working for Youth and Adult Correctional institutions, and First Nation organizations in various capacities such as Program Coordinator, Addictions Counselor, and Family Violence Prevention worker. I have also been involved in international indigenous initiatives and cultural exchange programs. In my home territory of the Stó:lō, I have worked for the Fraser Cascade School District as an Aboriginal Education Coordinator. Currently I am the Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs at the University of the Fraser Valley. My life, work, and personal experiences have steeped me in a deeper understanding of our people, our struggles, our realities and our dreams. I believe that each one of us has a gift given to us by our ancestors. I believe that we must honor our gifts. It is because of these beliefs that I pursue education and healing for our people. I lift my hands to the Ones who have come before. It is because of them that I am who I am. Ey Si:yam Hoych’ka Si:yam.

Dara Kelly is from Leq'a:mel and Sts'ailes, and she has spent the last eight years living and studying in Aotearoa-New Zealand. She completed my Master of Commerce and defended my PhD thesis in April 2017 (also in Commerce) from The University of Auckland Business School. Her doctoral research explores Coast Salish economy of affection with a particular focus on Coast Salish philosophy of freedom, unfreedom, wealth and reciprocity. Economic unfreedom emerged with introduction of the Potlatch Ban across Canada, and its residual impacts are prevalent today reflected in an aspect of the research findings that honour Xá:m! Crying, weeping—the affective expression of grieving that shapes how the Coast Salish wisdom keepers in this research talk about gatherings. Economic freedom from within Coast Salish worldview is inherently spiritual by virtue of the interrelated nature of exchange between Xá:ls, the Creator, Sólh Téméxw, the river environment, and Xwélmexw, the river people. She  conducted this research using research methodology emerging from Coast Salish philosophy, protocols and worldview.

Arthur Lyle Leon is from Sts'ailes unceded Coast Salish territories and is an Elder spiritual advisor with Corrections Canada for over a decade. Art’s work has been developing and delivering wholistic programming that combines Indigenous Traditional Knowledges with eclectic modes of land based therapies. He is a ceremonialist and the grandson of Ed Leon Sr.

 Lee Maracle is an instructor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto’s First Nations House. She is a Stó:lō si’yam (Halkomelem for a witness/speaker in her Stó:lō community), a highly honorary position that speaks to the importance of her contributions to her community via her literary, pedagogical, and activist work. The author of seminal Indigenous texts such as Ravensong, I Am Woman, and most recently Memory Serves: Oratories, she has an international reputation as one of the most prolific and acclaimed Indigenous authors in the country.

Dr. Naxaxalhts’i, also known as Albert “Sonny” McHalsie, is currently the Sxweyxweyá:m Historian / Cultural Advisor and Narrator for Bad Rock Tours affiliated with the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre in Chilliwack B.C. Naxaxalhts’i is the Cultural Advisor on the Treaty Negotiating Team for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association. Naxaxalhts’i’s father was Nl’akapmx and his mother was Stó:lō. Since 1985 he has interviewed numerous Stó:lō Elders on various aspects of Stó:lō culture and history. Sonny was a contributing author of You Are Asked To Witness: The Stó:lō in Canada’s Pacific Coast History (1996). He was a co-author of the book I am Stó:lō: Katherine Explores Her Heritage (1997) – focusing on his family and his daughter Katherine. He sat on the editorial board and was a contributor to the award winning publication A Stó:lō Coast Salish Historical Atlas (2001). He also contributed to Bruce G. Miller’s Be Of Good Mind (2008), and most recently he wrote the Foreword in Keith Thor Carlson’s The Power of Place the Problem of Time (2010). On June 2011 he was given an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Victoria. He offers and has narrated numerous tours about Stó:lō Halq’eméylem Place Names and how they define Stó:lō rights and title and the unique relationship the Stó:lō maintain to their land and resources. He is a member of the Shxw’ōwhamel First Nation and holds the Cultural Portfolio, and is the proud father of two girls and six boys, and grandfather to six grandsons and three granddaughters. He continues to fish at his ancestral fishing ground at Aseláw located within the Stó:lō Fishery in the lower Fraser Canyon above Yale.

T'it'elem Spath (Eddie Gardner) graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. A member of the Skwah First Nation, he works with others in the community to identify and address environmental issues and the protection of wild salmon. Over the years, Eddie has worked for a variety of federal, provincial, and First Nations governments and private sector agencies across Canada, designing, coordinating, directing, and delivering a broad range of services and programs from an Aboriginal world view. He has also organized many conferences related to the Indian Residential Schools and has provided support to the schools' survivors. Committed to the revival of the Halq'eméylem language, he has gained intermediate fluency of the language and encourages others to do so too. Through his monthly sweat lodge ceremonies and Medicine Wheel workshops, Eddie spreads his knowledge of Stó:lo culture and traditions to the UFV community and beyond.

Rita Wong is Associate Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the author of four books of poetry, including forage, which won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Canada Reads Poetry 2011. Her work investigates the relationships between contemporary poetics, social justice, ecology, and decolonization. Her SSHRC-funded project with Dorothy Christian just culminated in a book, Downstream, a study about water (WLUP 2017). She lives on the unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, where she is learning what it means to be a responsible guest / settler / unsettler.

Alannah Young Leon PhD is Opaskwayak Cree/Peguis Anishnabe Mediquay. She is an instructor with the Department of Educational Studies in Indigenous Education at UBC. Her work with Indigenous Elders focuses on how Aboriginal principles are foundational to developing culturally competent leadership. She also works with urban institutions on Indigeneity projects and to develop local Indigenous land based pedagogies. Her community work includes Indigenous land-based ways of working with complex trauma at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is an artist, activist and ceremonial practitioner.


Poets and Performers for June 21

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a poet who is currently completing a PhD at Simon Fraser University on digital humanities and Indigenous poetics. His conceptual writing engages with the representation of Indigenous peoples in anthropology and popular culture. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and journals across Canada. He is the editor for Poetry is Dead magazine and former editor for PRISM International and Geist. His first book, The Place of Scraps (Talonbooks), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Un/inhabited, his second book, was co-published by Project Space Press and Talonbooks in 2015. His most recent book, Injun, also published by Talonbooks, uses erasure and pastiche to offer a powerful response to the western genre and its representations of First Nations people. He was named one of the 12 Young Writers to Watch by CBC Books (2015).

Rain Prud’homme-Cranford (Goméz), Ph.D., is a “FAT-tastic IndigeNerd” who won the First Book Award Poetry, from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas for Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory (MEP 2012). She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literatures in the Department of English and Affiliated Faculty in the International Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Calgary. Carolyn Dunn and Rain are Co-Editors-in-Chief of That Painted Horse Press: An Indigenous Borderless Press of the Americas (TPHP).

M’Girl is an ensemble of Indigenous women with stories and song about water ways, the strength of the four-legged, the winged ones and the gifts received from Mother Earth. M’Girl’s percussive based hand drum songs blend harmonies into a contemporary gospel style, reflecting both the musicians’ cultural practice and their personal story of home. Led by Renae Morriseau, their music reflects their personal journeys and cultural worldviews held respectfully by each M’Girl living within the urban environment of the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada.

Samantha Nock is a Cree/Métis writer and poet from Northeastern BC. Her family originally comes for Ile-a-la-Crosse (Sakitawak), Saskatchewan. Her work has been published in Red Rising Magazine, Shameless Magazine, and Māmawi-ācimowak: Lit, Crit, and Art Literary Journal. She cares about radical decolonization, coffee, corgis, and her two cats, Betty and Jughead. You can find her tweeting at @sammymarie.

With Many Thanks to our Generous Hosts & Sponsors:

We could not have done this gathering without the kind patience and beautiful humour of Shirley Hardman, our floor manager. A very special thanks and much gratitude are due to Sonny McHalsie, our Speaker. Thank you to all of the amazing invited speakers, writers, drummers, dancers, and workshop leaders. Everyone at Stó:lō Nation Teaching Longhouse and Service Agency has been so generous with their time and expertise. Thank you to Bonny Graham, Rose Greene, Brianna Hall, Tia Halstad, Tracey Joe, Bonny Phillips, and Dave Schaepe. We are equally indebted to TPATT’s extraordinary Research Assistants, Sandie Dielissen, Treena Chambers, Deborah Smith, and Rachel Taylor. In addition we would like to thank our sponsors for their financial support: English Department (SFU); Dean of Arts and Sciences (SFU); The People and the Text (SFU & UBC); Community Engagement Office (SFU); SSHRC; and World Congress of Scottish Literatures.