Join us as two Métis authors discuss how they found their stories about Indigenous women who lived through the Métis North-West Resistance and the residential school system in Alberta.
Maia Caron is Red River Métis, whose ancestors fought with Cuthbert Grant at the Battle of Seven Oaks in 1816 and served in Louis Riel’s councils in the resistance struggles at both Red River and in the North-West. Maia is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Song of Batoche is her first novel. She lives in Toronto.
Joan Crate was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She was brought up with pride in her Indigenous heritage. She taught literature and creative writing at Red Deer College, Alberta, for over 20 years. Her first novel, Breathing Water, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1989. Her latest novel, Black Apple (Simon & Schuster 2017) was awarded the The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. She lives with her family in Calgary.