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Junction Reads with Darrel J. McLeod

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Junction Reads with Darrel J. McLeod

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We are thrilled to have Darrel J. Mcleod join us just before we recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, with his most recent memoir, Mamaskatch.

Darrel J. McLeod is Cree from Treaty-8 territory in Northern Alberta. Before deciding to pursue writing, he worked as an educator, chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations. He holds degrees in French literature and education from the University of British Columbia. He currently lives in Sooke, BC, and divides his time between writing and singing in a jazz band. (from D & M website).

Growing up in the tiny village of Smith, Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod was surrounded by his Cree family’s history. In shifting and unpredictable stories, his mother, Bertha, shared narratives of their culture, their family and the cruelty that she and her sisters endured in residential school. McLeod was comforted by her presence and that of his many siblings and cousins, the smells of moose stew and wild peppermint tea, and his deep love of the landscape. Bertha taught him to be fiercely proud of his heritage and to listen to the birds that would return to watch over and guide him at key junctures of his life. More from Douglas & McIntyre.

This is a PWYC event with ALL proceeds going to the author. All are welcome. All readings will include captions.


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