Upcoming Events

There are many events happening in and around Edmonton that relate to the types of conversations that "The Writing Stick" hopes to encourage. 

Upcoming Indigenous Events

March 8 or 9, 2018  
Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples with Gregory Younging

Friday, March 9  |, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre
110 Street & 104 Avenue, Edmonton 
Second floor, Room 9-207 

Saturday, March 10 | 1:00—4:00pm
Memorial Park Library, Main Floor Salon | 1221 - 2 Street SW, Calgary, AB 

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta are pleased to present an informative talk (and book launch) addressing guidelines aimed to help writers, editors, and publishers produce material that reflects Indigenous people in an appropriate and respectful manner. Features include guidance on working in a culturally sensitive way, a discussion of problematic and preferred terminology, and suggestions for editorial guidelines.

This is a free event.

Gregory Younging, a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, has been the managing editor of Theytus Books, the first Aboriginal-owned publishing house in Canada, for over 13 years. Elements of Indigenous Style evolved from the house style guide Gregory developed at Theytus in order to ensure content was consistent and respectful.

March 8, 2018   3:30 to 5pm
"Why Indigenous Literatures Matter: Reading (and Teaching) Beyond Wreckonciliation"

Prof. Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation/ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ)
Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature & Expressive Culture, UBC
Location: Humanities Centre L-1, University of Alberta (North Campus)

How do we learn to be human? How do we become good relatives? How do we become good ancestors? How do we learn to live together? These are questions, argues Daniel Heath Justice, that Indigenous literatures take as central—and pose to their readers as well. In grappling with these problems, Indigenous literatures (and their audiences) can challenge those settler-colonial policies and practices that have targeted Indigenous connections to land, history, family, and self—and instead nurture strong relationships into the future. This talk welcomes new audiences to Indigenous literary studies while offering more seasoned readers a renewed appreciation for these transformative literary traditions. Justice's book, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, is newly available from Wilfrid Laurier University Press (and will be available at the event).

ALSO FEATURING readings by up-and-coming Indigenous writers (and EFS graduate students) Mackenzie Ground, Brittany Johnson, and Kaitlyn Purcell!

Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born citizen of the Cherokee Nation/ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ. He works on Musqueam territory at the University of British Columbia, where he is Professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English and holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture. A literary scholar, fantasy novelist, and cultural historian, his critical and creative work considers Indigenous kinship, sexuality, speculative fiction, and other-than-human relations.

This event has been made possible by the Centre for Teaching and Learning and by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta. Presented by the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta.

February 2 & 3, 2018
Flying Canoë Volant Festival / Pimihâw Waskwayôsis
Mill Creek Ravine
    Chemins Illuminés / Illuminated trails 
    Installation de lumières / Lighting installations
    Camp Métis / Métis Camp
    Cabane du Trappeur / Trapper's Cabin
    Camp des Autochtones / Indigenous Base Camp
La Cité Francophone 
    Flying Canoë Volant Cabaret
    Pîkiskwe - Parle -Speak : Installation Art et Film (part of Rubaboo)
    Les cordes de la VICTOIRE - UnisTv : Documentaire / Documentary
    Activités pour enfants / Children's activities
    Silhouette by Mile Zero Dance
    Patio d'hiver / Winter Patio
    Magasin Général Store
Rutherford School
    Café Croissant 
    Scène Franco La Girandole
Rutherford Field - Terrain de sport
    Winterus Maximus
Rutherford West Field - Terrain Ouest
Contact: flyingcanoe@lacitefranco.ca or (780)-463-1144

January 31 to February 4, 2018
9th Annual Rubaboo Festival
Includes performances of two new Indigenous-led, Canadian plays at The Backstage Theatre, 10330 – 84 Avenue, Edmonton

January 27, 2018
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre, Edmonton
Rumble tells the story of a missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence.

January 19 & 20, 2018
The Sash Maker / awa iskwêw kâ-apihkêw
A collaboration of dance, poetry, and traditional finger-weaving
Mile Zero Dance, 10816 – 95 Street, Edmonton

December 7 & 8, 2017
Library & Archives Canada's Indigenous Initiatives Gathering
Maskwacis Cultural College, 2 Saddleback Road N, Maskwacis, AB 
Contact: 1 866 585 3925 or mkhetarpal@mccedu.ca
Registration cost is $150 per day or $350 for the full event.

November 6 to 20, 2017
Edmonton Indigenous Artist in Residence Honours Treaty 6 in Final Exhibit
The exhibit runs November 6 to 20, 2017. All are welcome.

November 1 to 30, 2017
Dispossessed but Defiant: Indigenous Struggles from Around the World
An international photo exhibition with speakers from the Department of Political Science, the Faculty of Native Studies, and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. The launch reception is Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:30pm at Rutherford Library Gallery, University of Alberta, 8810 - 112 Street. The exhibit runs November 1 to 30, 2017. All are welcome.

October 20, 2017   7pm
LitFest presents Tanya Talaga: Seven Fallen Feathers
Theatre Lab, Allard Hall, MacEwan University (11110 - 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton)
Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of young students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities in her uncompromising new book, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City. Tickets are $15. 

September 21-23, 2017
Reconciliation: Wahkohtowin Conference, Edmonton/Enoch
The conference focuses on how to translate the spirit of reconciliation into constitutional text, practice, culture, and law. Organized by the Centre for Constitutional Studies and the Faculties of Law and Native Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Registration and curriculum information is on the site. Early bird registration of $150 ends on July 15.

September 20-23, 2017
Dreamspeakers International Film Festival 2017, Edmonton
Exploring Indigenous cultures from all parts of the globe.

September 15, 2017    7 to 10pm
Métis Kitchen Party: pê-cihkis tamakêk!, Edmonton. This is a free event and all are welcome!
Main Gym, Van Vliet Centre, University of Alberta 
Come and celebrate the beginning of the fall term with an evening of music, stories, food, and visiting in a Métis way. Includes a ceremony for the historic Garneau tree at 6pm.
Featuring: Marilyn Dumont • Trent Agecoutay • Donita Large • Will Belcourt • Tammy Lamouche • Garry Pruden • Sherryl Sewepegaham • Rory Houle • Billy-Ray Belcourt • Mackenzie Ground • Corinne Riedel • Kaitlyn Purcell • Tarene Thomas • Paige L'Hirondelle PLUS other SPECIAL GUESTS - with MCs Debbie Houle and Richard Van Camp. 

September 11-14, 2017
National Gathering of Elders Conference, Edmonton
The National Gathering of Elders will invite 623 First Nation groups of Canada as well as Metis and Inuit groups of Canada. The purpose for an Elder's Gathering is for Elders to come together and take their rightful place as advisors, teachers and leaders.
The Host First Nation Community is Tall Cree Tribal Government and the Host Tribal Council is the North Peace Tribal Council.
Registration information and the agenda is at: http://www.ngekanata.com/

August 21-25, 2017
Ignite Change! Global Gathering for Human Rights
In Commemoration of the 150th birthday of Canadian Federation and the 140th anniversary of Treaty 6
Edmonton, Grant MacEwan
Registration and curriculum information is on the site:

August 13-19, 2017
Indigenous Editors Circle and Editing Indigenous Manuscripts
Concurrent workshops at Humber College, Toronto
Registration and curriculum information is on the site:

August 13-17, 2017
Alberta Indigenous Nations Games, Edmonton

July 16-23, 2017
North American Indigenous Games

July 1-9, 2017
World Indigenous Nations Games
Opening Ceremonies will be held at Bear Park in Maskwacis, Alberta at 7pm

June 29, 2017
What does Reconciliation look like? Global perspectives from international leaders
An evening panel discussion with Canadian and international leaders participating in the Nelson Mandela Canadian Dialogues, Edmonton.  

June 8-10, 2017
The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories!

May 23-25, 2017
Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2017
An annual Canadian conference where delegates meet to discuss
timely topics to information literacy

May 13, 2017
Ben Calf Robe Annual Traditional Pow Wow, 1 to 10 PM
An annual Canadian conference where delegates meet to discuss
Tanya Ball,
Mar 8, 2017, 8:53 AM