Photo credit: C. Rowntree

photo by Jorge Cueto
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:  "Where Is my Voice Coming From" - Thursday, October 25th, 6:30 pm  Reception & Evening Program - Hilton Garden Inn

Common Ground: Connecting the Voices - Friday, October 26th, 1:00pm-2:15pm
Time Travel: Flashing Forward and Back in Fiction
on Saturday October 27th, 10:15am-11:45am
 Both panels/workshops held at TCU Place, Saskatoon, Sask.


 Daniel is registered as a Delaware Indian, though he hails from the Six Nations lands located on the Grand River near Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He holds an Honours B.A. from York University (Toronto,Ontario) and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.

He worked from 1979 as an independent, Toronto-based artist, at first as a poet and, subsequently, as a playwright, dramaturge, editor, essayist, teacher and artist-, playwright- or writer-in-residence with institutions as varied as Theatre Passe Muraille, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the University of British Columbia, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Windsor, the University of Toronto (Scarborough), the Sage Hill Writing Experience, McMaster University and Concordia University.

He also served on the boards of the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts and the Playwrights Union of Canada (now the Playwrights Guild of Canada) and co-founded (with Lenore Keeshig-Tobias and Tomson Highway) the short-lived but influential Committee to Re-Establish the Trickster. In 2003, he was appointed as a Queen's National Scholar to the Department of Drama at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where he is now an associate professor.

Moses is the author of plays, poetry and essays. His plays include 'Coyote City', a 1991 Governor General's Literary Award nominee, 'The Indian Medicine Shows', the 1996 James Buller Memorial Award winner and, his classic work, 'Almighty Voice and His Wife', which in January and February 2012 completed a national Canadian tour. His poetry collections are in book format 'Delicate Bodies', 'The White Line', 'Sixteen Jesuses' and a CD, 'River Range, Poems' with original music by David DeLeary. 'A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems' will be published in 2012. His essays are collected in 'Pursued by a Bear: Talks, Monologues and Tales'.

 (From Daniel David Moses' website,

Sylvia Tyson

For eighteen years, SYLVIA TYSON was one half of the internationally renowned folk duo Ian and Sylvia. Sylvia has recorded ten solo albums since the duo split in 1975, and since 2000 has been recording and performing with the group Quartette. She has also had a distinguished radio and television career, both in music and documentaries. Sylvia Tyson is a member of the Order of Canada and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She lives in Toronto. 

 Photo Credit: Sylvia Pecota


Friday Oct. 26, 2012 1:00pm—2:15pm: Common Ground: Connecting the Voices (panel presentation)

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012: 10:15am—11:45 am: The Frog in Your Throat: Demystifying the Voice (workshop)
4:00 pm:  Reading with Candace Savage

Friday Oct. 26, 2012 8:00pm—9:15pm: Caroline Heath Lecture: Hilton Garden Inn

Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture

This memorial lecture series, named after a beloved editor, publisher and poet, features senior writers and publishers as guest lecturers. Promoted to the public and the membership, the lecture is the keynote address at the Fall Conference. This series brings to writers and the public contemporary issues on writing and publishing.

Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn’s poetry has won provincial and national awards.  She  has been the Writer-in-Residence at the Edmonton Public Library, the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto-Massey College, Windsor University, Brandon University  and Grant MacEwan College. She has also been faculty in Literary Arts and the Aboriginal Emerging Writers Program at the Banff Centre. 

In 2010, Marilyn published her first novella, entitled Stray Dog Moccasins.  She teaches Creative Writing for Athabasca University, while working on her fourth poetry manuscript in which she explores Métis history, politics and identity through the life and times of her ancestor, Gabriel Dumont. 



John Lagimodiere is a Saskatoon born Métis entrepreneur and the publisher and editor of Eagle Feather News. He is also the owner of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services

Lagimodiere’s media experience extends beyond publishing Eagle Feather News to include hosting his own national CBC radio show, "As If", which won a regional Radio and Television News Director Award; guest hosting for CBC radio programs regionally and nationally; and providing political commentary for television and radio.

In his consulting business, Lagimodiere works with a variety of clients in the public and private sector that are looking to hire, retain, and build relationships with Aboriginal people, and has delivered Aboriginal awareness training to clients ranging from the Saskatoon Police Service, the Legal Aid Commission, Provincial Court Judges, Cameco Corporation, and PotashCorp to the University of Saskatchewan. He also sits on various boards and committees such as the Affinity Credit Union District Council, Employment Insurance Board of Referees and the Batoche National Historic Site Shared Management Board.

John is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and was honoured with a Living in Harmony Award from the City of Saskatoon in 2006. ACS also won the 2009 ABEX for Aboriginal Business.  

READING:  Thursday, October 25th, 7:00 PM - HILTON GARDEN INN
Photo and Bio courtesy of Eagle Feather News

 LOUISE will be hosting the THURSDAY NIGHT EVENT at Hilton Garden Inn, October 25th, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Louise Halfe 

Louise Halfe’s Cree name is Sky Dancer.  She has three book publications to her credit. Bear Bones & Feathers was published by Coteau Books in 1994. It received the Canadian Peoples Poet Award, and was a finalist for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award in that year. Blue Marrow was originally published by McClelland & Stewart in 1998; its revised edition was released by Coteau Books in September 2004. It was a finalist for both the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Pat Lowther Award, and for the 1998 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award and the Saskatchewan Poetry Award. Her most recent work, The Crooked Good, was published in 2007 and received the Saskatchewan Book Award. In June 2012 she received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Wilfrid Laurier University .

Curtis Peeteetuce

Curtis is Cree from the Beardy's & Okemasis First Nation.  He is an actor, writer, director and musician and the current Artistic Director of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC).  Since 2001, he has had the honour of working with many talented artists in theatre, radio drama, music and film.  Selected highlights include Persephone Theatre (2011 Youth Tour of Secret Life of the Octopus & Wrecked, Berlin Blues, Bannock Republic), SNTC (Rez Christmas Story Series, RRAP, Thunderstick) CBC (Out in the Cold, Red Moon) and Rabbit Fall Season 2.  This Christmas SNTC will present his latest work, Kohkoms In Toyland.  Curtis dedicates all his efforts and accomplishments to his beautiful son Mahihkan.  Special thanks to family and friends for years of support! Nanaskimon.  



Friday Oct. 26, 2012: 1:00pm—2:15pm: Common Ground: Connecting the Voices, TCU PLACE

 Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012:
1:30pm—2:45pm: Illusions of Grandeur: To Be or Not to Be in Theatre - TCU PLACE


 Paul Seesequasis

is a writer, journalist, editor, broadcaster and arts policy advisor. He was the founding editor of the award-winning Aboriginal Voices magazine, recipient of the MacLean-Hunter journalist award and has been a journalist in Canada, Russia and Cuba.

Tobacco Wars, his first novel, was published in 2010 by Quattro Books; he is currently collaborating on a graphic novel version of the Popul Vuh with Gesu Mora, the only Canadian artist to receive the Guggenheim fellowship in 2011, and his short stories and feature writing have been published in numerous books or aired nationally and internationally. 

The Republic Of Tricksterism, a post-trickster narrative, has been published in Grand Street, 75 Readings Plus, The Oxford Anthology of Native Canadian Literature (1st and 2nd editions), and is studied in universities world-wide.

For 13 years he was a Literary Arts Officer with The Canada Council. He is now a full-time writer and is currently at work on a new novel, Two Lane Blacktop.


 Photo Credit:  Paul Seesequasis


Darren R. Prefontaine

has been employed with the Gabriel Dumont Institute since 1997 as Curriculum Development Officer.  As an editor, author, and researcher, he has helped develop dozens of Métis-specific resources. Originally from Rockglen, Saskatchewan, he obtained degrees at the University of Regina (BA) and York University (MA), majoring in Canadian History. His main areas of interest are in Métis, Canadian, and European history as well as popular culture studies, nationalism, linguistics, human origins, and folklore. Darren enjoys reading, watching movies, and cheering for the Habs and Riders. Darren is married to Carrie and has a daughter, Emma.

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Prefontaine’s first solo anthology, Gabriel Dumont: Li Chef Michif in Images and in Words, took the top prize during the 2012 Saskatchewan Book Awards gala held in Regina. Winners were also named in 12 other categories.

The Gabriel Dumont Institute also won the publishing award for Prefontaine’s 2011 book.

Darren will read from his work on Thursday October 25th, 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Reception and Evening with Daniel David Moses
PHOTO CREDIT:  Peter Bestzerdas




 Anita Large

Anita Large is a Publishing Consultant and an associate member of the Association of Canadian Publishers. Her former roles in publishing include: Publisher of Theytus Books; Association of Book Publishers of BC Second Vice-President; member of the Canadian Literary Delegation to Russia; and the National Aboriginal Cultural Products Advisory Committee to the Department of Canadian Heritage. She taught Aboriginal Publishing at Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Emerging Writers Workshop and the Yellowknife Catholic School Board.

She holds an International Studies degree, a certificate in Publishing and in Executive General Management.

Anita is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation.

Julianna McLean

Julianna McLean is from all over, but mostly from the James Smith Cree Nation. Born in Melfort, SK and raised in north eastern British Columbia, she came back to Saskatchewan to finish her education, obtaining a bachelor's degree in education in 2003. She is back a the University of Saskatchewan working towards a degree in Kinesiology.

Julianna has worked under the wing of many established authors/writers/playwrights such as Richard Wagamese, Terry Jordan, Lee Maracle, Marilyn Dumont, Gerry William, and Colleen Murphy. She has an insatiable thirst for theatre, fiction, and children's literature, probably since birth.

Julianna has participated in many Sage Hill writing retreats and was selected in winter 2009 to work with Richard Wagamese in the SWG Aboriginal Mentor/Apprentice program. In fall 2009, Julianna was also selected to attend the Aboriginal Emerging Writers Residency at the Banff Centre of the Arts.

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