Sold Out

Keepers of the Stories: Indigenous Readers' Services Conference

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Toronto Public Library - Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge St.

Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

Canada

View Map

Friends Who Are Going
Event description

Description

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 author Cherie Dimaline. A video presentation will explore 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, playwright Falen Johnson, author of Salt Baby, and graphic novelist Jeff Lemire, illustrator of The Secret Path.

The event will take place at Toronto Reference Library's Beeton Hall, and will be hosted by Cherie Dimaline, author, editor and former Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library.

Speaker Biographies:

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.

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.

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.

Jeff Lemire is a best-selling graphic novelist and illustrator. Jeff illustrated the graphic novel The Secret Path written by Gord Downie. The Secret Path tells the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, a twelve-year-old boy who died in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School fifty years ago. Proceeds from The Secret Path will be donated to The Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation via The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at The University of Manitoba.


FAQs

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.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Toronto Public Library - Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge St.

Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

Canada

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved