2022 Festival
October 17–23

48: Writing Indigeneity with Shelagh Rogers

48: Writing Indigeneity with Shelagh Rogers

After centuries of colonial erasure, Indigenous stories are burgeoning, once again, across Turtle Island. Join three exceptional Indigenous authors for a conversation about the resurgence of oral and written stories that centre Indigenous values and knowledge. How are these writers transforming narratives in their communities and beyond? And what are the next steps—as an industry, and as readers—to prioritize stories that decolonize and heal? Brandi Morin (Our Voice of Fire) is an award-winning French/Cree/Iroquois journalist whose stories have influenced reconciliation across the country. Cody Caetano is a writer of Anishinaabe and Portuguese descent whose memoir, Half-Bads in White Regalia, has been called “brilliant and devastating.” Eldon Yellowhorn (Sky Wolf’s Call) is an archaeologist and professor who shares a myriad stories for people of all ages about Indigenous knowledge and history. Join us for this necessary, uplifting discussion.

Presented in partnership with Talking Stick Festival.

Event Participants:

Cody Caetano

CODY CAETANO is a writer of Anishinaabe and Portuguese descent and an off-reserve member of Pinaymootang First Nation. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where he wrote Half-Bads in White Regalia under the mentorship of Lee Maracle. (ONTARIO)

Brandi Morin

BRANDI MORIN is an award-winning French/Cree/ Iroquois journalist, and one of Canada’s most prominent voices on Indigenous issues. She won a Human Rights Reporting award for tracking the progress of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Our Voice of Fire is her debut memoir. (ALBERTA)

Shelagh Rogers

SHELAGH ROGERS is a veteran broadcast-journalist, currently host and co-producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter. She is an honorary witness to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2016, she was awarded the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy. She is a member of the Metis Nation of Greater Victoria with family roots in Treaty 1 territory.

Eldon Yellowhorn

ELDON YELLOWHORN (Piikani Nation) is an archaeologist and professor of Indigenous Studies at SFU. His research responds to the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to search for children who died at residential schools. Sky Wolf’s Call: The Gift of Indigenous Knowledge is his latest book. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)