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Ancestral Voices Series – Heather O’Watch
March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ancestral Voices: Belonging and Identity in Canada
Discover our shared histories, our unique lived experiences, and the past, present, and future of own-voices storytelling in this conversation series hosted by Kim Wheatley and Maxine Gordon Palomino. Meet and learn from established and emerging artists and authors who represent diverse Indigenous, Caribbean, African and Black communities. Check our website for a schedule of speakers, information on how to register, and additional learning resources.
Presented in collaboration with York, Durham and Peel Libraries.
Tending to the Fire: An Offering for Storytellers
Embark on a journey into tending to your own fire of storytelling. Every writer has a beginning spark and finding the kindling to grow the flame is step one. Stories, lived experiences, dreams and ancestral knowledge is kindling at reach. Join Heather O’Watch as she shares her journey into tending to her fire, and offers some kindling to participants.
Heather O’Watch (She/Her) is a Nakoda and Cree woman from the Okanese First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory. She also has paternal ties to Cegakin (Carry The Kettle) First Nation. Heather is currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) at the University of Saskatchewan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from the First Nations University of Canada. Heather currently works for a global Indigenous Rights organization and was recently selected amongst 3 other young Canadians to represent Canada at the upcoming G7 Summit as Young Diplomats of Canada. Beyond the realm of her work in Indigenous rights and policy, Heather tends to her passion for storytelling.
Heather considers herself a storyteller and an avid story listener. She often reflects about the stories and teachings she has witnessed in her life from her parents, grandparents, and in community from Elders and knowledge keepers. Heather began writing and creating her own stories at a very early age and continues to tend her passion through poetry and short stories.
She is currently publishing her first Children’s book titled Auntie’s Rez Surprise with Second Story Press.