Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest
Ali Cobby Eckermann, Witi Ihimaera, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Moderator: Nic Low
Canada, Australia and New Zealand are all former colonies of Great Britain whose original inhabitants have struggled for equality with the colonizers. Indigenous success in achieving recognition and self-determination is uneven. Three Indigenous writers share the stage to talk about their individual experiences and their country’s experiences. Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann is part of the “stolen generations,” forcibly taken from her mother when she was a baby. New Zealand’s Witi Ihimaera was the first Mˉaori writer to publish a novel and collection of short stories, then his novel The Whale Rider became an internationally-successful film. Canada’s Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a storyteller, poet and activist who is a powerful voice for modern Indigenous people. What can we learn about making a better world for all?
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