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Award-winning poet Katherena Vermette on why Canadians want to hear indigenous voices

"It’s the story that hasn’t been shared… I think that people are wondering what that’s all about … People are hungry for these stories, they’re hungry to answer that question of why - why people are upset, why conditions are the way they are - and the only way to hear that is from people telling their own stories."

Katherena Vermette
A long-time resident of Winnipeg’s North End, Vermette sat down with CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi when he was in Winnipeg for the 2014 Junos. Vermette spoke to the host of Q about her Governor General’s Literary Award-winning collection North End Love Songs and about her complicated relationship with Winnipeg’s working class neighbourhood. She wants her daughters to have a different experience growing up there than she did. 

In the Q interview, Vermette speaks about the attention being given to recent books written by Canada’s indigenous authors—like Joseph Boyden (The Orenda) who won Canada Reads 2014 and Thomas King (The Inconvenient Indian) who won the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize.

Watch the interview below.

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