Nicola and Joseph will read from their newly published children’s books, A Day With Yayah by Tradewind Books and The sasquatch, the fire, the cedar basket by Nightwood Press.
I heard an elder speak of the importance of our languages and our culture. He said that our words are powerful; our stories are elastic; our languages are music: they dance, they move and they are medicine for our people. He said they are a spirit within themselves and we are only the channel that brings them to life. I write because I know what he said is true. – Nicola Campbell
Doors: 11:30 AM / Start: Noon / Cultch Historic / $15 Adv / $20 Door / Youth aged 15 or below FREE
Nicola Campbell is the author of Shi-shi-etko, Shin-chi’s Canoe, Grandpa’s Girls and, A Day with Yayah. Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis from, British Columbia, her stories weave cultural and land-based teachings that focus on truth, love, respect, endurance and reciprocity. Nicola writes adult and children’s free-verse poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her next publications are forthcoming in 2021. Campbell is a finalist for numerous children’s literary awards including the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s literature award. Her doctoral thesis focuses on contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling practices. @NicolaCampbel20
Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River about 20 minutes east of Vancouver. He resides there with his 3 children Danessa, Marlysse, and Jace. Joseph is the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. Joseph received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. He has just completed his residency as the Storyteller in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library. He sits on a committee for the Canadian Museum of History and is tasked with consulting on the redesign of the new Children’s Museum. He has published 13 books of poetry and the latest are: I WANT by Leaf Press (2015) and HEAR AND FORETELL by BookLand Press (2015) The Rumour (2018) by BookLand Press in (2018) SH:LAM (the doctor) Mawenzi Press (2019) The Corrupted by Guernica Press (2020) his children’s play: Th’owixiya: the hungry Feast dish by Playwrights Press Canada (2019) his book of short stories and short plays for children: The Sasquatch, the fire, and the cedar basket will be published by Nightwood Press along with his poetry manuscript: Here we come (2020-21) He also is very busy Storytelling at many events and Schools.