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Book launch at First Nations University of Canada

By Dale Johnson Posted: May 7, 2016 9:00 a.m.

The Knowledge Seeker, by Blair Stonechild and Burning in this Midnight Dream, by Louise Bernice Halfe will be officially launched at an event at First Nations University of Canada.
The Knowledge Seeker, by Blair Stonechild and Burning in this Midnight Dream, by Louise Bernice Halfe will be officially launched at an event at First Nations University of Canada. (Photo courtesy of First Nations University of Canada).

It will be a night of celebration on Monday, May 9, 2016, when two books are officially launched at a ceremony at the First Nations University of Canada:

➢    The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality is written by Blair Stonechild, and includes a foreward by Noel Starblanket.

➢    Burning in this Midnight Dream is a collection of poems written by Louise Bernice Halfe.

The event is being held in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the First Nations University of Canada. It’s jointly sponsored by the University of Regina Press and Coteau Books.

“We do as much collaboration with other publishers as possible.  Our goal is to strengthen the publishing sector in the province and we do that by working together on mutually beneficial projects, such as book launches, advertising, and offering strategic advice”, says Bruce Walsh, Director and Publisher of U of R Press.

In The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality, Blair Stonechild shares his 60-year journey of learning – from residential school to PhD and beyond – while trying to find a place for Indigenous spirituality in the classroom.

Blair Stonechild
Blair Stonechild is a Cree-Saulteaux member of the Muscowpetung First Nation and Professor of Indigenous Studies at First Nations University of Canada.

Encouraged by an Elder who insisted sacred information be written down, Stonechild explores the underlying philosophy of his people's teachings to demonstrate that Indigenous spirituality can speak to our urgent, contemporary concerns.

Stonechild is a Cree-Saulteaux member of the Muscowpetung First Nation and Professor of Indigenous Studies at First Nations University of Canada. His most recent book is Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Louise Bernice Halfe’s book, Burning in this Midnight Dream, is her  latest  poetry collection. Many of these were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and nightmares that arose in her as the Truth and Reconciliation process unfolded.

Halfe describes how the experience of the residential schools continues to haunt those who survive, and how the effects pass like a virus from one generation to the next.

She asks us to consider the damage done to children taken from their families, to families mourning their children; damage done to entire communities and to ancient cultures.

Louise Bernice Halfe has four book publications to her credit and was Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for 2005-2006.

Louise has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina and received an Honorary Degree of Letters (Ph. D) from Wilfred Laurier University. She currently works with Elders in an organization called Opikinawasowin (“raising our children”).

Halfe recently joined the board of U of R Press’s new Oskana Poetry and Poetics series. She lives near Saskatoon.

Both books will be available for purchase at the event, and the authors will be on hand to sign their books.  

Event:     Book launches for Burning in this Midnight Dream and The Knowledge Seeker
Date:      May 9, 2016
Time:      7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: First Nations University Commons Area, 1 First Nations Way

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