Schedule of Events – 2021

Thursday, June 10
Brown Bag Lunch
Readings by Antoine Mountain, Fran Hurcomb, Séréna Jenna
12 pm-1 pm, in-person, Somba K’e Family Park – Register Here!

Friday, June 11
Annual NorthWords Gala
NorthWords NWT is pleased to present its 16th Annual Gala. The event will feature readings by guest authors Monique Gray Smith, Waubgeshig Rice, Joshua Whitehead, Antoine Mountain, Catherine Lafferty, Fran Hurcomb, Jay Bulckaert & Erika Nyyssonen, Séréna Jenna, Jacob Scheier, and a solo performance by Northwest Territories singer-songwriter Leela Gilday. Hosted by Loren McGinnis.
7:30 pm, Northern Arts and Cultural Centre & Live on Zoom
$25 In-person tickets available through NACC online
$10 Live-stream tickets available through Eventbrite

Saturday, June 12
Family Storytime
Isis Essery, Lana de Bastiani, Miranda Currie, Mindy Willett
10 am-11 am, in-person, Somba K’e Park – Register Here!

Workshop: Writing Poetry about Illness and Disability
In this two-hour workshop with Governor General’s Award-winning author, Jacob Scheier, participants will be introduced to published poems about illness and disability and will discuss them as a group. These poems will serve as prompts for writing exercises for expressing your own experiences of disability and illness through poetry. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their writing exercises with the group.
10 am-12 am, in-person, Somba K’e Park – Register Here!

Traditional Storytelling
Karen Wright-Fraser, Gail Cyr, Antoine Mountain
12 pm-1 pm, in-person, Somba K’e Park – Register Here!

Workshop: Developing Relatable Canadian Children’s Literature
Join Northern author, Lana de Bastiani, to learn the science and research behind developing relatable Canadian children’s literature. Using the theoretical frameworks of Schema Theory and Place-Based Education, Lana wrote the bestselling northern book, The Fox and My Boot, as the product of her Master’s project. In this workshop, participants will learn the markers of Canadian children’s literature, the critical role that background knowledge plays in understanding a text, and how children’s literature has a tremendous potential to act as a springboard for facilitating place-based education.
1 pm-3pm, in-person, Somba K’e Park – Register Here!

Panel discussion: Our Path to Publishing
How they did it. Steps and tips to get published and how to conciliate work and writing
Monique Gray Smith, Waubgeshig Rice, Joshua Whitehead, Richard Van Camp. Moderated by Tanya Snow.
3 pm–4:30 pm, live on Zoom – Register Here!

Blush: An Evening of Erotica & Sensuality
Come be entertained with stories of love, erotic encounters, and dating mishaps. Local spoken word performers will share their writing and stories, including: original love poems, stories of an intimate moment, naughty stories of an erotic encounter excerpt, hilarious first date experiences, and more! Featuring audio visual atmospheres by Samï Blanco, and special guest author Amber Henry.
7:30 pm, in-person, Northern Arts Cultural Centre – $25 Tickets available through NACC online

Sunday, June 13
Panel: Choosing the Best Genre to Tell Your Stories
Will it be a novel? A collection of short stories? A memoir? Which is the best form for your story?
Catherine Lafferty, Fran Hurcomb, Jacob Scheier. Moderated by Robyn Scott.
10 am-11:30 am, live on Zoom – Register Here!

Workshop: Discovering the Stories Within Us
Everyone has a story – this is a dynamic workshop to get your creative juices flowing and a way for self-exploration and discovery. For generations upon generations, it has been our artists who have been the catalysts for healing and wellness. This storytelling/writing workshop will begin with ceremony. This is an integral aspect of honoring and being grateful for the stories that are within us and the ones that will be revealed. Monique will share her journey of how she captures ideas and turns them into stories; including a few readings from her books. We will then move into working with various prompts that can start the writing flow. The activities are designed to foster creative expression and a sense of pride and confidence in writing.
With Monique Gray Smith
12 pm-1:30 pm, live on Zoom – Register Here!

Workshop: The Recipe for Writing Great Fiction
Come learn the recipe for writing great fiction from best selling author Richard Van Camp. In our time together, Richard will show you how to design characters and give them conflict to reveal who they truly are and we’ll have lots of time for questions and answers. If you have a question about agents, publishers, craft, theme–this is it. This will be so much fun so come on out and join us as we explore the joy of writing. Mahsi cho.
2 pm-2:30 pm, live on Zoom – Register Here!

Conversation: Exploring Identity
Join us for a conversation with Joshua Whitehead and Dëneze Nakehk’o as they explore the theme of identity. Joshua Whitehead, a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1) is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks 2017) and Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press 2018). Dëneze Nakehk’o is a LíídlĮĮ Kųę First Nation, Dehcho Dënesųłı̨ne Dene, radio and video journalist, broadcaster, communicator and educator.
4 pm-5:30 pm, live on Zoom – Register Here!

Panel Discussion: Paying the Land – Representation and Remembrance
Joe Sacco’s Paying the Land depicts the ongoing struggle for Dene self-determination with nuance and complexity. Through illustrated interviews with contemporary community members, the book provides an important perspective for anyone born in or coming to Denendeh. In this panel discussion, Northerners depicted in the book share their thoughts on the process behind and ongoing impacts of Paying the Land. With Paul Andrew, Melaw Nakehk’o, Patrick Scott. Moderated by Dëneze Nakehk’o.
6 pm-7:30 pm, live on Zoom – Register Here!

We want everyone to enjoy a fun and safe festival. To limit the spread of Covid-19, we will be following public health measures and restrictions for gatherings and events. In-person events held outdoors and at NACC are limited to 50 people. We require registration and will perform screening upon arrival. Participants are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

Thank you for your support!