The Winnipeg International Writers Festival has teamed up with co-presenters McNally Robinson Booksellers to celebrate Indigenous writing in Canada as part of our Voices in the Circle initiative.
In conversation with Warren Cariou and signing NISHGA (McClelland & Stewart). From Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel comes a groundbreaking and emotionally devastating autobiographical meditation on the complicated legacies that Canada’s reservation school system has cast on his grandparents’, his parents’ and his own generation.
Drawing on autobiography, a series of interconnected documents (including pieces of memoir, transcriptions of talks, and photography), NISHGA is a book about confronting difficult truths and it is about how both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples engage with a history of colonial violence that is quite often rendered invisible.
Host Warren Cariou is a writer, filmmaker and photographer with roots in Saskatchewan’s Métis and Euro-Canadian communities. He teaches in the Department of English, Theatre, Film and Media at the University of Manitoba, where he also directs the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.