2. Indigenous Voices: Truth, Fiction and Family - The FOLD

2. Indigenous Voices: Truth, Fiction and Family

Virtual Event

Description

Award-winning authors Jesse Wente, Katherena Vermette and Clayton Thomas-Müller discuss their most recent titles and the process of crafting stories about family in a conversation on relationships, writing and resistance.

Date: May 1, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm ET

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Featured Speaker(s)

A middle-aged Indigenous man with short dark hair and a mustache. He wears a dark t-shirt and holds a book, titled LIFE IN THE CITY OF DIRTY WATER. He also wears a dark baseball cap.
Clayton Thomas-Müller
Bio
Black and white photo of a middle-aged Indigenous woman with long dark hair, sitting against a landscape photo and looking off to her left.
katherena vermette
Bio
A middle-aged Indigenous man with short dark hair and black-rimmed glasses.
Jesse Wente
Bio
An Indigenous woman with short spike grey hair, wearing a grey hoodie, holds her hands out in front of her with her elbows bent upward. She wears glasses.
January Rogers
Bio
A middle-aged Indigenous man with short dark hair and a mustache. He wears a dark t-shirt and holds a book, titled LIFE IN THE CITY OF DIRTY WATER. He also wears a dark baseball cap.

Clayton Thomas-Müller

Clayton Thomas-Müller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation–also known as Pukatawagan–located in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based in Winnipeg, Clayton is a senior campaign specialist with 350.org. Clayton is a campaigner, award winning film director, media producer, organizer, facilitator, public speaker and best selling author on Indigenous rights and environmental & economic justice. His latest book is Life in the City of Dirty Water.

Black and white photo of a middle-aged Indigenous woman with long dark hair, sitting against a landscape photo and looking off to her left.

katherena vermette

katherena vermette (she/elle) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation. She has worked in poetry, novels, children’s literature, and film. vermette received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company). The Break (House of Anansi) won several awards including the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and was a bestseller in Canada. Her second novel, The Strangers (Hamish Hamilton) won the Atwood Gibson Writers Trust Fiction Prize and was named Chapters Indigo’s Book of the Year 2021.

A middle-aged Indigenous man with short dark hair and black-rimmed glasses.

Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente is an Anishinaabe author, speaker and arts administrator. His first book, Unreconciled: Family Truth and Resistance is a national bestseller.

An Indigenous woman with short spike grey hair, wearing a grey hoodie, holds her hands out in front of her with her elbows bent upward. She wears glasses.

January Rogers

Janet Marie Rogers (January) is a poet, media producer, new publisher and a sound/performance artist living and working on her home territory, Six Nations of the Grand River. She has 7 published poetry collections and many media projects including a soon to be released 10 episode web series NDNs on the Airwaves which she wrote and produced.

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Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

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