Our team was excited to attend the Turtle Island Reads storytelling roundtable on September 19th at Thompson House on the McGill University campus. We spent a wonderful hour listening to Indigenous storytellers about their motivations, beliefs, and hopes for future generations of Indigenous children. Speaking in the roundtable were filmmaker Tharionente Barnes (Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawá:ke), journalist Jessica Deer (Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawá:ke) from the CBC Montreal Indigenous Unit, poet Marie Annharte Baker (Anishinaabe), Cherie Dimaline (Métis) author of “The Marrow Thieves”, and Rosa Washee (T’licho Dene), represented Richard Van Camp.
We feel privileged to have witnessed such an enlightening discussion filled with laughs, powerful messages, and wisdom. We heard directly from these storytellers’ mouths what “Story” is and what it means to them and their people, as well as the power that stories can have for an individual and for a Nation.
We thank you for your time and your words.