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Conversations with Authors: Welcome

A Truth and Reconciliation series featuring live conversations with Indigenous authors.

Conversations with Authors: A Truth and Reconciliation Series

Conversations with Authors is a new series hosted by Indigenous Education and Library and Academic Services to further the conversation and our understanding of truth and reconciliation. We have selected some of the best of Canadian Indigenous writing, and lined up live conversations with the authors of these books. Everyone is welcome to attend the live sessions, which will also be recorded and posted on this site at a later date.

FEATURED BOOKS (Click on book covers for details)

Cover art for The Trail of Nenaboozhoo by Isaac MurdochCover art for sugar falls by David A Robertson and Scott B HendersonCover art for Decolonizing and indigenizing educat


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Live conversation with Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch), author of The Trail of Nenaboozhoo

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The Trail of Nenaboozhoo and Other Creation Stories

"Nanaboozhoo, the creator spirit-being of Ojibway legend, gave the people many gifts. This collection of oral stories presents legends of Nanaboozhoo along with other creation stories that tell of the adventures of numerous beloved animal spirits. The Trail of Nanaboozhoo is a book of art and storytelling that preserves the legends of the Anishinaabe people. Each story is accompanied by strikingly beautiful illustrations by revered Indigenous artists Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt." (Published by Kegedonce Press, 2020)

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Trail of Nenaboozhoo

Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch)

Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch) is from Serpent River First Nation and is of the Fish Clan. He currently resides at Nimkii Aazhibikoong, an Ojibwe language and cultural community located in northern Ontario. He loves how the people are rekindling the old ways of his people. His children are Waabigwan, Elaine, Nanook, and Preston.

For additional resources and information, visit his website at


photo of David Robertson, authorLive conversation with David A. Robertson, author of Sugar Falls

WebEx event - registration opening soon.

ABOUT THE BOOKCover art for sugar falls
Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story

BASED ON A TRUE STORY* A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, his friend's grandmother, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity, but Betsy recalled the words her father spoke to her at Sugar Falls — words that gave her the resilience, strength, and determination to survive. Sugar Falls is based on the true story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation. We wish to acknowledge, with the utmost gratitude, Betty's generosity in sharing her story. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sugar Falls goes to support the bursary program for The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation. (Published by Portage and Main Press/HighWater Press)

David A. Robertson

David A. Robertson (he/him/his) is the 2021 recipient of the Writer's Union of Canada's Freedom to Read Award. He is the author of more than 25 books for young readers including When We Were Alone, which won a Governor General's Literary Award and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. David’s most recent works include the graphic novel Breakdown (The Reckoner Rises, Vol. 1), middle grade novel The Barren Grounds, children’s book On the Trapline, and memoir Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory. He is also the writer and host of the podcast Kíwew, which won the 2021 RTDNA Prairie Region Award for Best Podcast.

A sought-after speaker and educator, David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.


Recording now available!
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 12:00-1:00 PM

photo of Taima Moeke-Pickering, authorDr. Taima Moeke-Pickering, co-editor of Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada.

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Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada

This expansive collection explores the complexities of decolonization and indigenization of post-secondary institutions. Seeking to advance critical scholarship on issues including the place of Indigenous epistemologies, knowledges, curriculum, and pedagogy, Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada aims to build space in the academy for Indigenous peoples and resistance and reconciliation. This 15-chapter collection is built around the two connecting themes of Indigenous epistemologies and decolonizing post-secondary institutions. Aiming to advance and transform the Canadian academy, the authors of this volume discuss strategies for shifting power dynamics and Eurocentric perspectives within higher education.

Written by academics from across Canada, the text reflects the critical importance of the discourse on truth and reconciliation in educational contexts and how these discourses are viewed in institutions across the country. This expansive resource is essential to students and scholars focusing on Indigenous knowledges, education and pedagogies, and curriculum studies. (Published by Canadian Scholars)


Taima Moeke-Pickering

Dr. Taima Moeke-Pickering is a Maori of the Ngati Pukeko and Tuhoe tribes. She is a full professor in the School of Indigenous Relations at Laurentian University where she teaches courses on Indigenous research methodologies, international Indigenous issues, and United Nations and Indigenous social work. She has extensive experience working with international Indigenous communities, evaluative research, big data analysis, and photovoice methodologies.

Sheila Cote-Meek

Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, and is the Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture at York University. She is the former Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University. A leader in Indigenous education Dr. Cote-Meek has focused on bringing about systemic changes that attend to equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary education.



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