This year the HIW organizing team has put together an exciting schedule of events throughout the month of March 2021. Read more about our weekly events like author readings, panel discussions, Wikipedia training and virtual drop-in editing help below, and follow the links in the post to register. These events are free and open to anyone!

Honouring Indigenous Writers Kick-off Event
Reading with Smokii Sumac and Daniel Heath Justice

Join us on Wednesday, February 24th from 7:00-8:30pm for the Honouring Indigenous Writers Kickoff event with a reading by Smokii Sumac, followed by a conversation with Daniel Heath Justice. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, February 24th
Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Smokii Sumac (Ktunaxa) is a poet and PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University, where his work centers on the question how do we come home? As an Indigenous adoptee, intergenerational residential school survivor, and two-spirit person, Smokii’s lived experiences are deeply embedded into his art and research. His first poetry collection, you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, (Kegedonce Press, 2018) won an Indigenous Voices Award for published poetry, and Smokii has recently been named as a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Currently teaching at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC, Smokii is extremely grateful to be living in ʔamaʔkis Ktunaxa (Ktunaxa territories), where he and his cat, Miss Magoo, have recently (and begrudgingly, on Magoo’s part) added a new family member: a “big ole rez dog” named Kootenay Lou.

Daniel Justice | First Nations and Indigenous Studies

Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation/ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ. He received his B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before coming to UBC, he spent ten years as a faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Toronto in Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory, where he was also an affiliate of the Aboriginal Studies Program. Daniel currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture at UBC on unceded Musqueam territory. His most recent book is Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, a literary manifesto about the way Indigenous writing works in the world. He is the author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History and numerous essays and reviews in the field of Indigenous literary studies, and he is co-editor of a number of critical and creative anthologies and journals, including the award-winning The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature(with James H. Cox) and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature (with Qwo-Li Driskill, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti). More…

Children’s Author Reading with Richard Van Camp

Join us on Saturday, March 6th from 1:00pm-2:00pm over Zoom for an author reading with acclaimed writer Richard van Camp, who will be reading a selection for children aged 9-13. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of 24 books including The Lesser Blessed (also a feature film), the Eisner Award nominated graphic novel, A Blanket of Butterflies (with Scott B. Henderson), and Three Feathers (also a feature film). He is a contributor to the groundbreaking graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. Richard is also the author of five collections of short stories, including Moccasin Square Gardens, and six baby books, including the award-winning Little You (with Julie Flett). Author photo by William Au.

Author Reading with Marilyn Dumont

Join us on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, from 12-1PM (PST) with a reading Marilyn Dumont. This event is organized by the University of Alberta Library.

Date: Tuesday March 9, 2021
Time: 12-1pm

Marilyn Dumont is the author of four collections of poems: A Really Good Brown Girl (winner of the 1997 Gerald Lampert Award), green girl dreams Mountains (winner of the Writer’s Guild of Alberta’s 2001 Stephan G. Stephansson Award), that tongued belonging (winner of the 2007 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year and Aboriginal Book of the Year Award) and The Pemmican Eaters (published in 2015 by ECW Press). The original Brick Books edition of A Really Good Brown Girl was reprinted thirteen times, and selections from the book are widely anthologized in secondary and post-secondary texts. Marilyn has been Writer-in-Residence at the Edmonton Public Library and in numerous universities across Canada. In addition, she has been faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Writing with Style and Wired Writing programs, as well as an advisor and mentor in their Indigenous Writers’ Program. 

Book Club Discussion and Author Reading with Tenille K. Campbell and Billy-Ray Belcourt

Join us on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, from 7-830pm (PST) with a reading by our book club author, Tenille Campbell, followed by a conversation with Billy-Ray Belcourt.

Date: Wednesday, March 24th
Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Tenille K Campbell is a Dene/Métis author from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is enrolled in her PhD program at University of Saskatchewan. Her inaugural poetry book, #IndianLovePoems(Signature Editions, 2017) is an award-winning collection of poetry that focuses on Indigenous Erotica – using humour and storytelling to reclaim and explore ideas of Indigenous sexuality. Her upcoming collection, Nedi Nezu, through Arsenal Press is coming in March 2021. She is also the artist behind sweetmoon photography and the co-creator of the women’s blog, tea&bannock.

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. A 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, he earned his PhD in English at the University of Alberta. He was also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds an M.St. in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford and Wadham College. In the First Nations Youth category, Belcourt was awarded a 2019 Indspire Award, which is the highest honor the Indigenous community bestows on its own leaders.

Wikipedia Workshops and Panel Discussions

Learn to Edit Wikipedia

Join us for this hands-on session on how to edit Wikipedia. This session will cover:

  • Creating an account
  • Norms and conventions for editing
  • Creating and editing an article, adding categories, and citations.

Date: March 4, 2021

Wikipedia Drop-In Session

Need help with the HIW Weekly Activities? Is editing Wikipedia daunting or confusing? Want company as you edit? 

Join us at 1:00pm (dates below) for this casual Zoom hangout event. Bring your questions, ideas, or just come to chat as we improve articles in Wikipedia on Indigenous authors.

Wikipedia as Public Scholarship 

This moderated conversation will focus on Wikipedia as a form of public scholarship. Panellists will reflect on and consider a range of topics.

Date: March 12, 2021
Time: 11:00-12:30pm (PST)