Toronto, Ontario

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 12pm - 5:30pm


Festival & Book Fair

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 10am - 5pm

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Indigenous Voices

Opening Ceremony

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Reconciliation in Canada is a part of our vision as an organization. We hope the dialogue inspired on this stage guides us on a pathway to bridge relationships between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous nations on Turtle Island. We are humbled…

I Am Not A Number

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother.

Cree Language Lesson

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Join instructor Brenda Wastesacoot for an introduction to Cree!

Fire Song

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Two-spirited Anishinaabe teen Shane is torn between his responsibilities at home on the rez looking after his mother who’s reeling from his sister’s suicide and the promise of freedom calling to him from the city.

Moon of the Crusted Snow

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark, but out of catastrophe comes resilience. To keep their group safe while fighting against sickness, despair, and hostile visitors, the community turns to the land and Anishinaabe tradition.

Anishinaabemowin Language Lesson

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Join instructor Mykelle Pacquing for an introduction to Anishinaabemowin!

This Wound is a World

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World examines what is to be in a world one did not want. At the intersections of race and sexuality, Belcourt pens poems that ask us to live differently, less destructively.


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Cole Harper is struggling to settle into life in Wounded Sky First Nation. He may have stopped a serial killer but the trouble is far from over. Can he uncover secrets while surviving high school? Monsters is the second novel…

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Join stage host Daniel Heath Justice for a reading from his latest work, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

Reawakening Our Ancestors’ Lines

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
For thousands of years, Inuit women practised tattooing, a traditional art nearly lost to missionaries and residential schools in the North. When the last Inuk woman tattooed in the traditional way died, Angela Hovak Johnston set out to reclaim this…


4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, queer punk scenes, and Indigenous teachings, nîtisânak works with the idea of relatedness. It also examines how queer kin were some of the author’s first experiences of reciprocal relationality and care.

Closing Ceremony

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
We are humbled and thankful to have an Elder close the day with ceremony, and view it as a call to action to continue working towards reconciliation on Turtle Island.