Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

Indigenous Writers Coming This Spring

April 14th – 6:30 PM: Carol Daniels

Saskatchewan’s  Carol Daniels –writer, artist and musician–was Canada's first Aboriginal woman to anchor a national newscast. Raw and honest, her debut novel  Bearskin Diary  draws on her experience as a journalist and investigates what it means to find your voice and dare to speak up.  With her debut, Daniels  adds an important perspective to the Canadian literary landscape.


April 14th – 8:30 PM: Joan Crate

Born in Yellowknife, North­west Territories,  Joan Crate ’s first novel,  Breathing Water , was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her latest,  Black Apple , is a dramatic and lyrical coming-of-age novel about a young Blackfoot girl who grows up in the residential school system on the Canadian prairies. 

April 15th – 8:30 PM: Kateri Akiwenzie Damm

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm  is a writer, spoken word artist, activist and the founder and Managing Editor of Kegedonce Press, one of only four Indigenous publishers in Canada. In  The Stone Collection , she takes on complex and dangerous emotions, exploring the gamut of modern Anishinaabe experience. It is “generous, funny and dark,” and "doesn’t pull its emotional punches but it leavens its grim truths with bright humour and earthy lust,” says Eden Robinson.

April 16 th  – 6:30 PM: James Bartleman

  After a vicious beating in a hotel room robbery in South Africa, however,  James Bartleman , Ontario’s first Native lieutenant governor, was forced to come to terms with a deepening depression. In the end, Bartleman found new meaning in life when he became the Queen’s representative in Ontario and mobilized the public to support his initiatives championing books and education for Native children.