The Four Questions

Moderator: Jael Richardson

Event Number: 16
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
Student Groups: $9.50

The Four Questions

Wednesday, Oct 23
10:15am - 11:45am
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Senator Murray Sinclair, chair of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said all Indigenous youth must ask themselves four questions: Who Am I? Where do I come from? What is my purpose? Where do I belong? But these questions can be asked by all of Canada’s children. As Senator Murray Sinclair explained, in order to truly reach reconciliation, we need to change the way we act and think. In this second event from Guest Curator Tanya Talaga, a remarkable conversation between Tanya Boteju (Kings, Queens and In-Betweens), Cherie Dimaline (The Marrow Thieves & Empire of Wild) and Humble The Poet (Things No One Else Can Teach Us) will empower kids with a sense of community and belonging.

Presented in partnership with Vancity.

Event Participants:

Tanya Boteju

British Columbia

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver, BC). She spends much of her life in a classroom, teaching English to clever and sassy young people. When Boteju isn’t teaching or writing, she’s biking, reading, or drinking tea from unicorn mugs. Boteju is grateful for her extroverted wife who builds her bookshelves while also encouraging her to be social. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is her first novel.

Cherie Dimaline

British Columbia

Cherie Dimaline’s young adult novel The Marrow Thieves shot to the top of the bestseller lists when it was published in 2017, and stayed there for more than a year. It won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize in the young adult literature category, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and, among other honours, was a fan favourite in the 2018 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. It was also a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC. Cherie was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, and became the first Indigenous writer in residence at the Toronto Public Library. From the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario, she now lives in Toronto.

Jael Richardson


Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower was adapted into a children’s book in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Canadian picture book award. Richardson is a book columnist and guest host on CBC’s q. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and lives in Brampton, Ontario where she founded and serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Her debut novel, Gutter Child, is coming January 2021 with HarperCollins Canada.

Humble The Poet (Kanwer Singh)


Humble The Poet, a.k.a. Kanwer Singh, is a rapper, spoken-word artist, poet, internationally bestselling author and former elementary school teacher. He runs a wildly popular blog that has more than 100,000 monthly readers, and he has over 930,000 social media followers. His first book, Unlearn, sold nearly 30,000 copies. He has performed at concerts and festivals including Lollapalooza and has been featured in major media including BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post., @humblethepoet