SWG & host Erica Violet Lee welcomes Michelle Good, please join us as we listen to her story – As Winston Churchill once said, “Gentlemen, history will be kind to us because I intend to write it” in Canada it is the colonizing force behind the creation of Canadian history and a result it is not told through the lends of Indigenous experience of colonization. To even consider the possibility of reconciliation, we first must get down to the truth. Canada must recognize the true history of Canada before any substantive reconciliation can occur.
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Michelle Good is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years, she obtained a law degree and advocated for residential school survivors for over fourteen years. Good earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia while still practising law and managing her own law firm. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada, and her poetry was included on two lists of the best Canadian poetry in 2016 and 2017. Five Little Indians, her first novel, won the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Award, the Evergreen Award, the City of Vancouver Book of the Year Award, and Canada Reads 2022. It was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes. On October 7, 2022, Simon Fraser University granted her an Honorary Doctor of Letters. Her new work, Truth Telling: Seven Conversations about Indigenous life in Canada was released May 30, 2023, and on October 4 2023 was shortlisted for the Writers Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy.
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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