Join us for a discussion with Patty Krawec, author of Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future. Patty will be interviewed by Trina Roache, proud member of the Glooscap Mi’kmaw community, award-winning video journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism at King’s.
Introducing our panel and welcoming our guests will be special guest Tiffany Morris, an L’nu’skw (Mi’kmaw) writer from Nova Scotia. Tiffany is the author of the swampcore horror novella Green Fuse Burning and the Elgin-nominated horror poetry collection Elegies of Rotting Stars.
This event is free and copies of both Patty Krawec’s and Tiffany Morris’ books will be available for purchase.
Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future
We find our way forward by going back.
The invented history of the Western world is crumbling fast, Anishinaabe writer Patty Krawec says, but we can still honour the bonds between us. Settlers dominated and divided, but Indigenous peoples won’t just send them all “home.”
Weaving her own story with the story of her ancestors and with the broader themes of creation, replacement, and disappearance, Krawec helps readers see settler colonialism through the eyes of an Indigenous writer. Settler colonialism tried to force us into one particular way of living, but the old ways of kinship can help us imagine a different future. Krawec asks, What would it look like to remember that we are all related? How might we become better relatives to the land, to one another, and to Indigenous movements for solidarity? Braiding together historical, scientific, and cultural analysis, Indigenous ways of knowing, and the vivid threads of communal memory, Krawec crafts a stunning, forceful call to “unforget” our history.
This remarkable sojourn through Native and settler history, myth, identity, and spirituality helps us retrace our steps and pick up what was lost along the way: chances to honor rather than violate treaties, to see the land as a relative rather than a resource, and to unravel the history we have been taught.
Patty Krawec is an Anishnaabe woman from Lac Seul First Nation, the co-host of the podcast Medicine for the Resistance, and a member of Chippawa Presbyterian Church. You can find more of her writing at Aambe on Substack. She lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Trina Roache is a proud member of the Glooscap Mi’kmaw community, an award-winning video journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of King’s College, in Kjipuktuk (also called Halifax). A storyteller at heart, Trina brings over two decades of reporting experience to her role as an educator. She’s reported for multiple platforms, including longform text, audio and video for CBC, APTN National News, APTN Investigates, Canada’s National Observer, the CanadaLandback podcast and more.
Tiffany Morris is an L’nu’skw (Mi’kmaw) writer from Nova Scotia. She is the author of the swampcore horror novella Green Fuse Burning (Stelliform Books, 2023) and the Elgin-nominated horror poetry collection Elegies of Rotting Stars (Nictitating Books, 2022). Her work has appeared in the Indigenous horror anthology Never Whistle At Night (Vintage Books), as well as in Nightmare Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, and Apex Magazine, among others. She has an MA in English from Acadia University with a focus on Indigenous Futurisms and apocalyptic literature.