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The Ânskohk Indigenous Literature Festival was created to showcase the diversity of writing by Indigenous authors, to educate the general population about the richness of Indigenous literature, and to promote further understanding of Indigenous peoples. The Ânskohk Festival is designed to appeal to a broad audience.


Saskatoon, SK

*Schedule is subject to change.
Free admission to all events!
Donations to SAWCI welcomed at the door, or by E-Transfer to
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Thursday, November 2, 2023

2-4 PM – “Women at the Centre: Stories of Resilience” ft. Norma Dunning, Michelle Good and Louise Bernice Halfe Sky Dancer, moderated by Rita Bouvier.
(In-Person Event)—University of Saskatchewan Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre
During the first half of this event, the featured panelists will be invited by moderator, Rita Bouvier, to share their knowledge/wisdom on social/cultural dimensions of identity formation of individuals within family, community and life itself, and to share their stories of resilience in response to the violence wrought by colonialism, and their resurgent work through writing “to remake the world.” The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A period with the audience.

4-6 PM – BREAK

6-9 PM – Celebrating our Story-iors (In-Person Event)—Alt Hotel
Join us for supper followed by dessert and discussions with SK Indigenous authors with new books! The program will begin with an Honour Song, and live music!
Marjorie Beaucage–Leave some for the birds: Movements for justice
Elena Bentley–taliped and The Pickle in Grandma’s Fridge
Rita Bouvier–a beautiful rebellion
Arnolda Dufour Bowes–Maggie Lou, Firefox
Francine Merasty–Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl
Joan Pelletier–Lebret-Looking Back and Beyond
Garry Thomas Morse–Tulpa Mea Culpa
Prestin Thōtin-awāsis–Spoken Word Artist
Thursday evening Featured Author:
Tara Gereaux author of Saltus

Friday, November 3, 2023

9-10:30 AM – Author Talk School Visits Featuring Elena Bentley, Richard Van Camp, and Katherena Vermette—Closed Event
Each of the authors visit schools for readings/Q&A

9:30-10:45 AM – Indigenous Editing, Featuring Rita Bouvier, Waubgeshig Rice, and Tara Gereaux, moderated by Karon Shmon—at Remai Modern
A discussion with Rita, Waubgeshig, and Tara on the process of Indigenous editing, moderated by Karon Shmon, followed by a Q&A.

10:45-11 AM – BREAK

11-12 PM – Multiple Title Book Launch with Rita Bouvier, Waubgeshig Rice, and Michelle Good—at Remai Modern

12-1 PM – LUNCH BREAK—Alt Hotel

1-2:45 PM – Screening of Night Raiders—at Remai Modern

3-4 PM – From Page to Screen Film and Media Discussion—at Remai Modern
Featuring Danis Goulet, screenwriter and director for Night Raiders. This discussion will dive into the process of bringing the written word to a visual medium, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

5-6 PM – SAWCI Annual General Meeting – All welcome!—Alt Hotel

7 PM – Keynote Address Featuring Norma Dunning—at the Alt Hotel

8-9 PM – Open Mic (Sign up to share your writing!)—at the Alt Hotel

Saturday, November 4, 2023

9-9:45 AM – Fireside Morning Chat with Marjorie Beaucage and Prestin Thōtin-awāsis—at the Alt Hotel
Join us for tea and bannock and listen in while Marjorie and Prestin chat about the festival theme of Stories of Resilience.

10-11 AM – Writing Poetry Panel featuring Elena Bentley, Randy Lundy, and Zoey Roy, moderated by Lisa Bird-Wilson—Virtual and In-Person at the Alt Hotel
Elena Bentley, Randy Lundy, and Zoey Roy with moderator Lisa Bird-Wilson will discuss the craft of poetry, followed by a Q&A.

11-11:15 AM – BREAK

11:15-12:15 PM – Fiction Showcase featuring Garry Thomas Morse, Waubgeshig Rice, and Norma Dunning hosted by former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfe—Virtual and In-Person at the Alt Hotel
Garry, Waubgeshig, and Norma will each share their writing, followed by a Q and A.

12:15-1:15 PM – Lunch

1:15-2:15 PM – Lunch Keynote Address featuring Michelle Good—In-Person at the Alt Hotel


Our Heartfelt Thank You to Our Sponsors

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