Indigenous Womxn Write: Word Therapy & Strength-Based Stories
Our workshop will be from the perspectives of Métis and Inuit Northern (Northwest Territories) writers. We will share our writing experiences through the Visiting Way Methodology – an Indigenous methodology that centers on relating to one another in a non-restrictive, unscripted and responsive way.
Presentation topics will include:
Tanya Roach is an Inuk writer and throat singer living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her family roots are from the Kivalliq region of Nunavut; an area on the northwest coast of the Hudson’s bay. She has been writing for 10 years about life as an urban Inuk and as an Indigenous child in the NWT foster care system. Her writing can be found in UpHere magazine, Edge Yk, the Writers Union of Canada and the Literary Review of Canada. She loves books and is a full-time employee at the Yellowknife library.
Published article: A Fierce Love (2019). The Edge. https://edgenorth.ca/article/
Shelley Wiart is a member of the North Slave Métis Alliance, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Shelley is currently finishing her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts program in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Athabasca University. She is the founder of an Indigenous focused holistic health program, Women Warriors (www.womenwarriors.club). Last summer she was the recipient of the Hotıì ts'eeda (NWT SPOR Support Unit) Research Capacity Development Program and for two consecutive years she was awarded the Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI) Undergrad Summer Student Stipend for her Indigenous women’s health research project, Digital Storytelling as an Indigenous Women’s Health Advocacy Tool: Empowering Indigenous Women to Frame Their Health Stories. She published an academic article from this research, Decolonizing Health Care: Indigenous Digital Storytelling as Pedagogical Tool for Cultural Safety in Health Care Settings in Northern Public Affairs Magazine (2020). Shelley is an avid writer and was awarded first runner-up for the Sally Manning Award for Indigenous Creative Non-Fiction (2020) in UpHere magazine. She has also earned a spot as part of Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
Published article: My Northern Healing (2020). UpHere Magazine. https://uphere.ca/articles/my-
Decolonizing Health Care: Indigenous Digital Storytelling as Pedagogical Tool for Cultural Safety in Health Care Settings (2020)