Candy Palmater

Defending The Break by Katherena Vermette

Candy Palmater

In her own words: "I'm a gay Native recovered lawyer turned feminist comic, who was raised by bikers in the wilds of northern New Brunswick." Candy Palmater attended the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where she is said to have been the first Aboriginal law student in Canada to be valedictorian of her graduating class. After a brief stint practicing labour and Aboriginal law, Palmater left for a job with the Nova Scotia government, which left her evenings free to pursue her comic ambitions. She created and wrote her own national TV show, The Candy Show, for APTN, and hosted the daily interview series The Candy Palmater Show on CBC Radio in 2016.

Candy Palmater is defending The Break by Katherena Vermette on Canada Reads 2017.

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Candy Palmater on why The Break is the book Canadians need now:

It's a very cold winter night in inner-city Winnipeg, and young Stella looks out the window and sees a crime taking place, and she calls the police. From there, a very well-crafted, well-written book, a story that will not let you go but will tell you the story of different generations of Indigenous women. You get to know not just the victim but the perpetrator, and you understand how colonization has created this entire situation. Every Canadian needs to read this to understand relations.