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Revisiting “The Way Forward”

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Last summer Canada Writes presented an original series by some of the country's leading and emerging Aboriginal writers. “The Way Forward” was part of the CBC’s groundbreaking “8th Fire” project and looked into the Indigenous experience from a literary perspective.   

The Idle No More movement has brought Aboriginal issues once again into the spotlight, and we thought it was time to revisit these essays and stories. You can read them below.

Did you used to be an Indian?” by Richard Wagamese
The noted author and journalist on how identity and semiotics can shift in the eye of the beholder.

One of Canada's most prolific Aboriginal authors reimagines the creation of an iconic park—one where everyone is welcome.

How the Thaw Creates the World” by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
The Manitoba-based writer and professor on an epic struggle and what it can teach us about change.

The Toronto-based writer and performer with a tale of indifference to violence.

Drawing with Chalk” by Clifford Cardinal
The actor and writer imagines a searing new fable for the future. 

And a Story Will Show Them the Way” by Cherie Dimaline
The Toronto author on the power of story, "a suitcase we pack with our culture."

What... You Think You're Funny?!” by Drew Hayden Taylor
The author gets down and dirty on the perils of being, quite possibly, Canada's funniest Aboriginal person.

Devil's Club” by Eden Robinson
The author of Monkey Beach harnesses a traditional cure for a modern-day affliction.

Floating Down Yonge Street” by Tomson Highway
Here, the legendary Canadian playwright and novelist on a vivid memory and its prophetic powers.

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