Oceans of Love for Islands of Decolonial Love – Review by Muskrat Magazine

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Photo Credit: Aimee Rochard

“As a lover of storytelling and literature, my tendency is to have deep emotional responses to whatever I am reading. Every so often, a book comes along that, as I delve deeper into the pages, is something like peering into a body of water and seeing the wonder of stars and ancestors reflected back in glorious undulation.”

Jamaias DaCosta

Full review here.

Toronto Launches for The Winter We Danced

Two amazing Toronto events launching The Winter We Danced #TWWD on April 4, 2014!

Daytime Launch:
Room 2109 Ted Rogers School, Ryerson University
Hosted by The Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services
230-400 pm
feat. readings from The Kino-nda-niimi Collective (including lead editors Hayden King, Niigaan Sinclair, and Wanda Nanibush), Judy Rebick and other contributors.

Evening Launch:
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
Hosted by Wanda Nanibush
6:30-8:30 pm
feat. performances from contributor Tara Williamson, Naomi Klein, Lee Maracle and readings from The Kino-nda-niimi Collective (including lead editors Leanne Simpson, Hayden King, Niigaan Sinclair, and Wanda Nanibush)

About the book: The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collection consolidates some of the most powerful, creative and insightful moments from the winter we danced and gestures towards next steps in an on-going movement for justice and Indigenous self-determination.

More info about the book can be found here: http://arpbooks.org/books/detail/the-winter-we-danced

Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.

Come join us for an amazing night of beauty, word, and song!

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Writer, scholar, storyteller and First Nations activist Leanne Simpson named recipient of inaugural RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award

“For me, Leanne Simpson was an obvious choice,” said Thomas King. “She is a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to the spoken word, from literary and social activism to song-writing. She is, in my opinion, one of the more articulate and engaged voices of her generation.”

Click here for the full press release here

The Winter We Danced, coming April, 2014 from ARP Books

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The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collection consolidates some of the most powerful, creative and insightful moments from the winter we danced and gestures towards next steps in an on-going movement for justice and Indigenous self-determination.

Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.

The Winter We Danced was edited by the Kino-nda-niimi Collective – a group of Indigenous writers, artists, editors, curators and allies. Lead editors for The Winter We Danced include Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Leanne Simpson, Tanya Kappo, Wanda Nanibush and Hayden King who—along with many colleagues, relatives, friends, and organizations—assembled this collection together over the summer and fall of 2013.