indigenous stage talent

On this page, you can find more information about the exciting talent at this year’s Word Vancouver. There is also a chance for you to adopt an author and receive a signed copy of their book! To check out the stage’s schedule on Sunday, September 29, click the button below.

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Joanne Arnott

Joanne Arnott is a Metis/mixed-blood writer/editor. Books include Halfling spring: an internet romance (Kegedonce)—shortlisted for Pat Lowther Award—and A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale). Poetry Mentor for SFU’s The Writers Studio, and poetry editor for Event Magazine, Joanne received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts 2017.


Norine Braun

Emotional, heartfelt and eclectic: Norine Braun an award winning singer-songwriter, including a 2018 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee & Canada Council For the Arts Award. Through Train Windows her latest album released Dec. 2018 was inspired by her cross Canada Riding The Rails tour with partner Alice Fraser. Critics call “Braun’s lyrical style as fantastically poetic, calling to mind the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, but stylistically she never shies away of exhibiting a harder blues rock edge when necessary. Braun excels, unsurprisingly, at the pastoral, and songs rich in descriptions in nature.” Bigtakeover “Braun is just as masterful a songwriter as she is an artist. The artist's newest offering is as textured, varied, and vibrant as the melange of landscapes from whence it came.. taking the best of what makes folk tick beside the blues to craft a convincing roots rock experience." " It’s a mesmerizing album and a trip that everybody should take.” Jamie Parmenter Vinylchapters Visit www.norinebraun to learn more.

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Joseph DAndurand

Joseph Dandurand is a Kwantlen Aboriginal from Kwantlen First Nation in British Columbia. He is a poet, playwright, and archaeologist. Dandurand received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. He has previously published I Want (2015), Hear and Foretell (2015), and The Rumour (2018).

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Ronnie dean harris


keara lightning

Keara Lightning is a 2 spirit poet from Samson Cree Nation. Keara writes about the messiness of healing in relationship to the land, each other, and our living ancestors. Keara writes for the same reason she gardens - to transform. She’s been published in the anthology Unsettling Activisms.

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Tiffany Moses

Tiffany Moses is Dene from the Deh Cho region of the Northwest Territories and a member of Pehdzeh Ki First Nation. A musician and facilitator, Tiffany draws on her cultural teachings as a foundation for bringing people together in creative process.

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Justin Neal (Squamish), from Washington State, migrated to his family’s Indigenous homeland to earn an MFA from UBC. A theatre collaborator in the Bay Area and NYC, he now writes for the stage and screen. His feature, THE SKINS GAME, is a Canadian Film Fest top-ten finalist; his pilot BOUNDARY BAY was long-listed for Screencraft Film Fund.


Sandy Scofield

No newcomer to songwriting, Sandy Scofield is currently recording her sixth release Red Earth. Cree/Métis from Treaty One territory, she hails from many generations of singers and musicians on both sides of her family. She has travelled numerous places around the world performing and has won many awards for her work. Not only a performer, Scofield works as an educator, mentor, composer and sound designer supporting other Indigenous artists voices in theatre, dance and film. She sings traditionally in Cree having been mentored by many language speakers, song keepers and elders. She also holds an undergrad degree in music composition, which includes studying African music at the University of Ghana in west Africa. I live and work on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


June Scudeler

June Scudeler (Métis) is Assistant Professor in the Department of First Nations Studies, cross-appointed with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her research examines the intersections between queer Indigenous studies, Indigenous literature, film, and art.

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Quelemia SPARROW