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May 1, 2019

Indigenous Mentorship Program Apprentice Reading

Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Organization: Saskatchewan Writers' Guild

Location: Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre - Cumberland East Room - 4177 Albert Street South, Regina


Indigenous Mentorship Program Apprentice Reading

Readings by:

Elaine McArthur
(mentored by Carol GoldenEagle)

Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway
(mentored by Randy Lundy)

Sarah Vermette 
(mentored by Tara Gereaux)

Apprentice Biographies:

Elaine McArthur has a degree in Indigenous Education and was working on a Masters degree in Adult Education/HR, when she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Elaine retired from her studies to live life doing what she loves, writing, sewing and spending more time with her family and friends. The loss of both her parents, her dad from stomach cancer in 2010 and her mom in 2013, has influenced her writing in so many ways. Elaine works full time with the Federal Government and pursues her passions in her spare time. Elaine is a survivor, from Residential School and breast cancer.

Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway is an artist working in a multitude of genres who enjoys sharing stories related to her Indigenous identity. She writes children’s stories about resilience, strength of character, and ceremonies. From the White Bear First Nation and residing in Regina, Joely is a mother of five children aged 6 to 27 and has a degree in mathematics and civil engineering.

Sarah Vermette has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Video with a double major in Creative Writing from York University, and a Master of Professional Writing from University of Southern California. She has made a variety of short films with grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts, National Film Board and SaskFilm. Her films and screenplays have been selected for various film festivals and galleries. She has worked with and mentored youth for various film and writing projects, and currently works as a Journal Therapy Facilitator, sharing the many health benefits of writing.

For more information, please contact:
Ali Fontaine, Indigenous Program Coordinator
T: 306.791.7749 
E: swgip@skwriter.com

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