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Katherena Vermette
A Reading and Conversation

Renowned Métis author Katherena Vermette will read from her work and engage in a conversation with Cree-Métis scholar Deanna Reder Chair of Indigenous Studies at Simon Fraser University, on a range of issues related to the conference theme, "Unsettling Victorians." As a writer who addresses colonial history and the ongoing legacy of colonial violence, gender oppression, and land dispossession in her fiction and poetry, Katherena Vermette's work powerfully speaks both to the erasure of Indigenous history and peoples and to new possibilities of futurity for Métis and Indigenous communities.


Bio: Katherena Vermette (she/her/hers) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation. She has worked in poetry, novels, children’s literature, and film.


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, her father’s roots run deep in St. Boniface, St. Norbert and beyond. Her mother’s side is Mennonite from the Altona and Rosenfeld area (Treaty 1).


Vermette received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company). The Break (House of Anansi) won several awards including the First Novel Award, and was a bestseller in Canada. Her National Film Board documentary, this river won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Short. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.Her second novel, The Strangers (Hammish Hamilton) won the Atwood Gibson Writers Trust Fiction Prize and was named Chapters Indigo’s Book of the Year 2021. It was also longlisted for the Giller Prize.

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