Mika will share how she explored poetry and nêhiyawêwin in her book nipê wânîn and then went on to teach creative writing to help others tell their stories. She uses life experiences and stories that she has heard from elders/knowledge keepers to reclaim the nêhiyaw way of transmitting knowledge through story.
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Mika Lafond is from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. She completed her B Ed at ITEP, followed by her MFA at the University of Saskatchewan. She published her first book of poetry: nipê wânîn in 2017. She has had poetry and short stories published in several anthologies, and her script was presented by the Indigenous Ensemble. Since completing her MFA, she has taught at ITEP and for the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan. She teaches Creative Writing classes to adults, youth and children. She recently published 20 children’s books for Muskeg Lake to share community history with the children of the community. Mika is currently enrolled in her PhD in Educational Administration and teaching Grade 9 at St. Frances Cree/Bilingual School in Treaty 6 Territory.
Erica Violet Lee is a nehiyaw poet from west side Saskatoon. Her first book of poetry, On the Prairies We Will Live Forever, is forthcoming with Penguin Random House Canada in 2024.
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