Indigenous Perspectives Issue (#197)

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Guest Editors:
Philip Kevin Paul (poetry)
Richard Van Camp (fiction)
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (creative nonfiction)

Creative Nonfiction

2016 Constance Rooke CNF Prize



  • Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 243.8 x 201.7 cm. Private collection. Photo by Ken Mayer.

Contributor Notes
  • Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from B.C. His books of poetry include Injun, Un/inhabited, and The Place of Scraps (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winner).

    Siku Allooloo, an Inuit/Haitian Taino from Denendeh, N.W.T., holds a BA in anthropology and Indigenous studies from the University of Victoria. Winner of Briarpatch’s 2016 CNF Contest, she has published in The Guardian and Rabble.

    Carleigh Baker is a Cree-Métis/Icelandic writer. Her work has appeared in subTerrain, Joyland, and The Journey Prize Anthology. Bad Endings, a collection of short stories, is forthcoming in 2017.

    Billy-Ray Belcourt, from the Driftpile Cree Nation, is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar, reading for an M.St. in Women’s Studies at Oxford. His poetry has appeared in Assaracus, Red Rising, mâmawi-âcimowak, and PRISM international.

    Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Cree-Métis writer from Saskatoon. A finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award, her short-story collection, Just Pretending (2013) was named Book of the Year (Saskatchewan Book Awards).

    Mike Chaulk, a founding member of &, Collective, an experimental poetry collective in Guelph, has published his work in PRISM international, Filling Station, and Matrix. His manuscript, “Night Lunch,” was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award.

    Moe Clark, a Métis multidisciplinary artist, is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. She has two albums of words and music, award-winning video poems, and a bilingual book of poetry.

    George Elliott Clarke, an Africadian poet, member of the Eastern Woodlands Métis Nation of Nova Scotia. His latest book of poetry is Gold.

    Molly Cross-Blanchard, a Métis writer born in Fort Frances, Ont., and raised in Prince Albert, Sask, lives in Winnipeg. She is an English/Creative Writing student at the University of Winnipeg.

    Joseph A. Dandurand, a member of Kwantlen First Nation east of Vancouver, is the director of the Kwantlen Cultural Centre. Four of his plays have been produced, and his poetry books are I Want (2015) and Hear and Foretell (2015).

    Brooke Wahsontiiostha Deer, a poet and management student at John Molson School of Business, is Mohawk from Kahnawake and lives in Montreal.

    Michele Marie Desmarais, a poet of Métis, Dakota (Spirit Lake), and European descent, has published poetry in International Studies in Literature and the Environment, Yellow Medicine Review, and Room.

    Lynn Easton is a writer, former journalist, and SFU Writer’s Studio graduate. Her story “Nine” appeared in Boobs (2016). She lives in Maple Ridge.

    Alicia Elliott has lived all over her people’s traditional territory, and resides just outside the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve. She writes fiction, creative nonficiton, and sometimes screenplays.

    Natasha Gauthier will graduate with a degree in creative writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University this year. She lives in an abandoned home in Cloverdale, B.C., with various other ghosts.

    Rachel George is Ahousaht of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation and a PhD student in the University of Victoria’s Indigenous Governance Program. She is a visitor on unceded Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories.

    Michael Greenstein has reviewed for Arc, The Malahat Review, and The Fiddlehead. He lives in Toronto.

    Louise Bernice Halfe, born in Two Hills, Alberta and raised on the Saddle Lake Reserve goes by her Cree name, Sky Dancer. Her fourth book of poetry is Burning in this Midnight Dream. She lives outside of Saskatoon.

    June Halliday, a Métis writer and yoga teacher, lives in Nanaimo.

    Dallas Hunt is Cree from Wapisewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory. A PhD candidate in English at ubc, he has published creative and critical work in The Fieldstone Review, Decolonization, and Canadian Literature.

    Helen Knott, a Dane Zaa and Nehiyaw woman living in Northeast B.C., is an MA student in First Nations Studies at UNBC and a social worker within her traditional territory. Helen is active in land-defense actions at a grassroots level.

    Mika Lafond, a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, lives in Treaty 6 territory and teaches in the Indian Teacher Education Program, University of Saskatchewan.

    Darcy Lindberg, a graduate student at the University of Victoria of Plains Cree descent, is a recovering lawyer and lover of the old ones’ stories.

    D. A. Lockhart lives in Windsor. Author of Big Medicine Comes to Erie (2016), he is a recipient of many Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants and a member of Moravian of the Thames First Nation.

    Randy Lundy, a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation, Brochet, Man., grew up near Hudson Bay, Sask. He has published two books of poetryand teaches Indigenous literatures and creative writing at the University of Regina.

    Marguerite MacKenzie, a retired Linguistics professor from Memorial University, works with speakers of Innu, Naskapi, and Cree in eastern Canada to produce dictionaries and language reference, reading, and educational materials.

    Darrel J. McLeod began life in his great-grandfather’s trapping cabin in Alberta and now lives by the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Vancouver Island. His birth language is Cree. An educator, chief negotiator of land claims, and First Nations’ delegate to the United Nations, he has published his fiction in Numéro Cinq.

    Cara-Lyn Morgan’s debut collection of poetry, What Became My Grieving Ceremony, was awarded the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry in 2015. Her second collection, Cartograph, will be published in 2017.

    Stephen Morrissey was born in Montreal. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including A Private Mythology (2014).

    Daniel David Moses, a Delaware from the Six Nations Grand River, is a poet and playwright. His recent poetry books are River Range (a CD with music by David Deleary, 2010) and A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems (2012).

    Darlene Naponse, an Anishinaabe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (northern Ontario), is a writer, independent film director, video artist, and community activist. Her work has been screened and installed nationally and internationally. She is working on a book of short stories.

    Lindsay Nixon is a nehiyaw-saulteaux Métis curator, writer, researcher and an MA candidate in art history at Concordia University. They are the co-founder of the Indigenous Arts Council and the Black Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance.

    Philip Kevin Paul, a member of the WSÁ,NEC Nation from Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula, works with the University of Victoria to preserve SENCOTEN. He will publish his third book of poetry, I’m Still Your Pitiful One, in 2017.

    Trevor J. Phillips, a PhD candidate in English literature at Queen’s University, is the Indigenous graduate student coordinator at the University of Manitoba. Métis from Edmonton, he lives in Winnipeg.

    Daniel Poitras, a part-time writer from Paul’s First Nation, lives in Edmonton. His poetry is an exploration of what its like being “a half-breed in today's world.”

    Michelle Porter began writing essays and poetry on home’s varied geographies while completing her PhD. A Métis woman from Alberta, she lives in St. John’s.

    Shaun Robinson, a Métis writer born in 100 Mile House, B.C., lives in Vancouver. His work has appeared in Prairie Fire, Poetry is Dead, and The City Series: Vancouver. He is the current poetry editor of PRISM international.

    Janet Rogers, a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer living as a guest and visitor on the traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt people since 1994, just published her fifth book of poetry, Totem Poles and Railroads.

    Troy Andrew Sebastian, from nintle moos chin to ʔaq̓am, nupqu ʔa·kǂam̓, was born to lick the knife.

    Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, a writer, scholar, editor, and educator, is Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and a member of Alderville First Nation. Anansi will publish This Accident of Being Lost, her second book of short stories and poetry, in 2017.

    Richard Van Camp is a proud Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, N.W.T. He has published twenty books in twenty years. His novel, The Lesser Blessed is now a feature film with First Generation Films. He lives in Edmonton.

    Shannon Webb-Campbell holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, a BA from Dalhousie, and studies and teaches English Literature at Memorial in St. John’s.

    Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree member of the Peguis First Nation. He identifies as two-spirit (niizh manitoag). He lives in Calgary.

    Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun was born in Kamloops in 1957 of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent. In 1978 he attended Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver, where he studied painting and graduated with honours.