Ideas in Dialogue 2017: Indigenous Voices Rising

Indigenous Voices Rising

Ideas in Dialogue 2017: Indigenous Voices Rising

On June 22 PEN Canada hosted the 2017 Ideas in Dialogue discussion in partnership with the Toronto Public Library. Joining us at the Toronto Reference Library atrium, Lisa Charleyboy, Cherie Dimaline, Lee Maracle and Gerald McMaster presented a panel on emerging Indigenous talent, moderated by Lenard Monkman.

The conversation ranged from the sources of new talent, and the experiences of the older generation starting out, to the unique voice Indigenous writers bring to literature and art. Lisa Charleyboy spoke of the role digital media plays in her search for new talent, whereas Lenard Monkman and Gerald McMaster mentioned academia as a place where Indigenous voices are emerging. Cherie Dimaline expressed the importance of inter-generational support for young Indigenous writers, while Lee Maracle urged young writers to ally with each other.

At times our panelists disagreed, but that’s how we like it at PEN Canada. We thank them for this open, insightful discussion, and the Toronto Reference Library for hosting us.

Tweets and photo from the evening are below. Check out the hashtag #PENIdeas17 for more.