About the Partners

The following people and organizations make up the Steering Committee for The Writing Stick conference.


Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts


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We are committed to giving Aboriginal artists a forum and platform to perform their art, grow as artists, contribute their work to the community, and to bring audiences of all backgrounds together to enjoy the vast artistic experessions that exist in Aboriginal culture.


Christine Sokaymoh Frederick An urban Aboriginal Cree-Métis, she is Artistic Director, Producer, and Co-Founder of AAPA, and also Executive Director of the Dreamspeakers Film Festival.




Alberta Magazine Publishers Association


Founded in 1995, The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) supports a healthy magazine industry by serving the people who publish, create, print and distribute a uniquely Albertan view of the world. We're a classroom, a forum, an advocate and a united voice for magazine publishers in the province. We support Alberta magazines through promotion, advancement and practical programs that foster professional development and industry growth.


Suzanne Trudel Executive Director Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.




Book Publishers Association of Alberta


The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) was founded in 1975 to support the development of a thriving provincial publishing industry, away from Canada’s traditional book publishing centres. Today the BPAA counts more than 25 member companies, many of which are owned and operated in Alberta.


Kieran Leblanc Executive Director of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Chair of the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE), Book and Periodical Council board member, Access Copyright Member Advisory Council board member, and founding member of the Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture (APAC).




City of Edmonton


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The City is on a journey of building good relations with Indigenous people, in the spirit and intent of the Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Accord.


Mike Chow Community Services – Aboriginal and Multicultural Relations, City of Edmonton









Edmonton Public Library


As Edmonton’s largest lender of information and entertainment, the Edmonton Public Library goes beyond traditional and physical boundaries to foster relationships and build dynamic, responsive library services. We strengthen neighbourhoods and communities by creating connections. We connect, consult and collaborate with individuals and groups to understand the needs of our communities to inform the direction of library work and policies. We share with our city, our community, our customers and our EPL team. We share our stories, ideas and our many different experiences. We share our space while always seeking to expand and improve it.


Danielle Powder Indigenous Relations Advisor for the Edmonton Public Library.




Theytus Books


Theytus Books is an Indigenous-owned and operated publisher of Indigenous voices. It was founded in 1980.


Greg Younging is a Member of Opsakwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. He has worked for The Assembly of First Nations and The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. From 1990 to 2004, he was the Managing Editor of Theytus Books, and since 2015 he has been their Publisher. Greg Younging is a former Member of the Canada Council Aboriginal Peoples Committee on the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council. He is the former Assistant Director of Research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and is on faculty with the Indigenous Studies Program at the UBC Okanagan. He is Faculty Coordinator for the Indigenous Editor's Circle.




UAlberta North


UAlberta North connects faculty, students, senior leadership, and provincial, national, and international partners—so the whole of our northern work is greater than the sum of its parts, and so northern voices and northern knowledge finds points of entry to shape and challenge our thinking. UAlberta North works to build a community of researchers, strengthen relationships with northern partners, raise the public profile and impact of northern research, facilitate innovative forms of knowledge exchange, and support opportunities for students.




The University of Alberta Press


The University of Alberta Press publishes works by established and emerging Canadian and international authors whose scholarship enlightens our society, engages communities, and challenges boundaries. We focus on materials for scholars, citizens, and policy makers concerned with prairie, mountain, and circumpolar histories and cultures; First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies; literary and cultural studies; environmental studies; and Petrocultures.


Linda Cameron Director, University of Alberta Press since 2001. Experienced scholarly publisher, newspaper information systems, publishing consultant, and published author.


Cathie Crooks is the Associate Director / Manager Planning & Operations at the University of Alberta Press. She is a publishing, marketing, and communications specialist and experienced project manager.


Tanya Ball is an MLIS candidate for the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta and Indigenous Intern at the University of Alberta Press.




Writers’ Guild of Alberta


The largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada, the Writers' Guild of Alberta was formed in 1980. Our members write in every genre and at every level of expertise. The Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.


Carol Holmes has been Executive Director of the Writers' Guild of Alberta since 2008. She is an experienced arts director and manager with a strong background in program planning and design.