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Keepers of the Stories: Indigenous Readers' Services Conference

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Toronto Public Library - Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge St.

Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

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Toronto Public Library is hosting a free conference on the theme of Indigenous writers and readers' advisory. We are excited to welcome librarians, library staff, educators and academics from outside the organization to attend.

Expand your knowledge of Indigenous authors and some of the issues surrounding Indigenous storytelling in Canada. Individual authors will share their insights and experiences to be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Stephanie Pangowish. Nancy Cooper from Southern Ontario Library Service will discuss factors to consider when selecting/evaluating material.

Outcomes:

Increase knowledge of Indigenous authors and stories from Turtle Island (North America).

Develop an understanding of factors to consider when selecting /recommending titles.

Speakers include award winning author/poet and instructor Lee Maracle, educator Jenny Kay Dupuis, author of I am Not a Number and playwright Falen Johnson, author of Salt Baby.

The event will take place at Toronto Reference Library's Beeton Hall, and will be hosted by Stephanie Pangowish, Indigenous artist, comedian and activist.

Speaker Biographies:

Stephanie Pangowish is an Anishinaabekwe from Wiikwemkoong, Manitoulin Island. She is a graduate from Trent University’s Indigenous Studies and is passionate about keeping Indigenous culture alive by: sharing her comedic perspective on being an Indigenous woman, the Pow wow family life and living in the big city; recruiting Indigenous community members for First Canadian Health; teaching moccasin-making classes at the Bata Shoe Museum; and creating beaded jewellery inspired by Indigenous culture.

Jacqui Lavalley is a member of the Shawanaga First Nation, East Shore Georgian Bay. She is an Ojibwe Traditional Teacher and Traditional Kokomis (Grandmother). She is also a dancer, song writer and Traditional Ojibwe Storyteller.

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is a member of Nipissing First Nation. She is an educator, researcher, speaker, and artist with over 15 years’ success advancing innovative programs, strategies and research initiatives across Canada focusing on topics pertaining to Indigenous issues. She recently published her first children’s book, I Am Not A Number about her grandmother’s experience at one of Canada’s Indian residential schools.

Nancy Cooper, from the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, is the First Nation Consultant at The Southern Ontario Library Service. She coordinates the First Nation Communities READ program as well as Club Amick (www.clubamick.ca). Nancy has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Falen Johnson is Mohawk and Tuscarora from Six Nations. She is an actor, playwright and emerging dramaturg. Her recent play Salt Baby is a thoughtful and humorous look at one young woman’s struggle to find her place; within her culture and her society.

Lee Maracle is one of the most prolific Indigenous authors in Canada. She is an award-winning poet, novelist, performance storyteller, scriptwriter, actor and keeper/mythmaker among the Stó:lō people. She is currently teaching at the University of Toronto, First Nations House.


Consultant: Cherie Dimaline is an award winning author and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis community. In 2015, Cherie became TPL’s first Indigenous Writer in Residence.

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Toronto Reference Library is easily accessibly by transit, from the TTC subway station Yonge. There are paid parking lots nearby on Cumberland Avenue, Asquith Ave and Church Street.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions about this event, please get in touch with organizers Brenda Livingston (blivingston@torontopubliclibrary.ca), Mary Lam (mlam@torontopubliclibrary.ca), or Sarah Bradley (sbradley@torontopubliclibrary.ca)


How do I register for this event if I am a Toronto Public Library staff?

Eventbrite tickets are reserved for conference attendees from outside the Toronto Public Library system. If you are a TPL staff, please register for the conference by using the Staff Training Registration Site, on shareTPL.

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