As most of Canada celebrates 150 years of colonialism, it is a time for our Indigenous nations’ writers to reflect on what truth and reconciliation means. Beyond the treaties. Beyond the laws. Beyond the lies that have oppressively and systemically worked to “kill the Indian,” there is a persistent and political campaign for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada. What does this mean? Reconciliation is not a word within most Indigenous languages but has become a feel-good buzzword of today. How do we work towards reconciliation, and with whom? How do we reclaim our words and spaces to revive, reinvent or revise Indigenous identity? Join Marilyn Dumont, Norma Dunning and guests for an evening of local poetry about some current worldviews of Indigenous Canada, Beyond Reconciliation. Supported by e4c, ECALA and the Wellness Network.
Prepare yourself for a night of rousing music and poetry inspired by the songs of the late Leonard Cohen. Local singer-songwriters will perform covers of their personal favorites by the Bard of the Boudoir, as poets Kaz Mega, Dwennimmen, Morgan Smith, Nanise, Alison Clarke, Lady Vanessa, Tab CA, and Mary Pinkoski compose original poems inspired by Rock’n Roll’s Lord Byron. Take a perch on the electrical wire and get wooed by the sultry undertones of the Prophet of Pathos. Hosted by Edmonton’s Liam Coady. This event is open to members of The Edmonton Poetry Festival and their guests. Memberships are available at the door.