Voices for Change

Moderator: Shelagh Rogers

Event Number: 51
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Voices for Change

Friday, Oct 25
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston Street

After decades of violence and ignorance in Canada, the country’s media is finally beginning to give Indigenous authors their due. Demonstrating a variety of ways to write for change, Daniel Heath Justice (Why Indigenous Literature Matters), Harold R. Johnson (Peace and Good Order), Carey Newman (Picking Up the Pieces) and Tanya Talaga (Seven Fallen Feathers, All Our Relations) join Shelagh Rogers for a penetrative conversation on the role literature plays in facilitating justice and resurgence, as curated by Talaga. Together, they share knowledge and reflect on the work they see rising to the fore, the stories that most need to be heard, and what comes next. These are the authors holding our country to account; these are the voices that matter.

Presented in partnership with Vancity.

Event Participants:

Harold R. Johnson


Harold R. Johnson is the author of five works of fiction and four works of non-fiction including his newest book Peace and Good Order: The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada. His other recent books are Clifford and Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours), which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction. Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan, he is a graduate of Harvard Law School and managed a private practice for several years before becoming a Crown prosecutor. Johnson is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation and lives in the north end of Saskatchewan, with his wife, Joan.


Daniel Heath Justice

British Columbia

Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation) is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture at the University of British Columbia. A widely published scholar in Indigenous literary studies, he is the co-editor of the groundbreaking Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature and author of a Cherokee literary history, a cultural history of badgers, and an Indigenous epic fantasy series.

danielheathjustice.com, @justicedanielh

Carey Newman

British Columbia

Carey Newman or Hayalthkin’geme is a multidisciplinary artist and master carver. Through his father he is Kwakwaka’wakw from the Kukwekum, Giiksam, and WaWalaby’ie clans of Fort Rupert, and Coast Salish from Cheam of the Stó:lo Nation along the upper Fraser Valley. Through his mother he is English, Irish, and Scottish. In his artistic practice he strives to highlight Indigenous, social or environmental issues. Newman was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2018.

Tanya Talaga


Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities READ: Young Adult/Adult Award; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. Talaga was the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star and is now a columnist at the newspaper. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.

talaga.ca, @TanyaTalaga

Appearance generously supported by Tourism Vancouver.