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I'POYI Aboriginal Writers Gathering March 26-27, 2009

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I'POYI brought Aboriginal writers from across the country together for two days of panels and public readings to celebrate and share ideas about the current situation of Aboriginal writing in Canada. The conference was an initiative of the Creative Writers Research Group, subsequently organized by an ad-hoc committee composed of members of the CWRG, of the First Nations Students' Association of the University of Calgary and individuals from within the university and the larger Calgary community. Funding support was obtained from the English Department and the then Faculty of Humanities of the University, from Freehand Books, from individual donations and from private companies engaged in the exploitation of natural resources on the Aboriginal lands in the Province of Alberta.

The Schedule of the Conference was as follows:

Thursday March 26, 2009:
A round-table discussion on Aboriginal writing in Canada - how far we've come; how far to go
Tasha Hubbard (Introduction), Marie-AnneHart Baker, Marilyn Dumont, Louise Bernice Halfe, Armand Garnet Ruffo

A public reading in the Red Lodge of the Native Students Centre of the University of Calgary
Gregory Scofield, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Michelle Thrush

Presentations of their work by Beverly Hungry Wolf, Armand Garnet Ruffo and Sarah Scout

Public reading at the Glenbow Museum of Calgary
Louise Bernice Halfe, Marie AnneHarte Baker, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Beverly Hungry Wolf, David Wells

Friday March 27, 2009:
Book launch by Joan Crate

Panel Discussion on productive tensions within Aboriginal writing
Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Beverly Hungry Wolf, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Lee Maracle, Gregory Scofield

Public Reading at the Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary
Jolene Callihoo, Lee Maracle, Marilyn Dumont, Gregory Scofield, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Troy Emory Twigg

Public reading at the Glenbow Museum of Calgary
Louise Bernice Halfe, Marie AnneHarte Baker, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Beverly Hungry Wolf, David Wells

Beverly Hungry Wolf performs at the Glenbow Museum March 26, 2009 as part of the I'POYI Aboriginal Writers Gathering

Marie AnnHarte Baker reads at the Glenbow Museum March 26, 2009 as part of the I'POYI Aboriginal Writers Gathering

Armand Garnet Ruffo reads at the Glenbow Museum March 26, 2009 as part of the I'POYI Aboriginal Writers Gathering

Louise Bernice Halfe Sky Dancer reads at the Glenbow Museum March 26, 2009 as part of the I'POYI Aboriginal Writers Gathering

David Wells performs at the Glenbow Museum March 26, 2009 as part of the I'POYI Aboriginal Writers Gathering

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I'POYI Public Reading at the Nickle Arts Museu
March 27, 2009

Tasha Hubbard introduces the I'POYI Gala evening at the Nickle Arts Museum and first reader Jolene Callihoo

Troy Emory Twigg performs at the Nickle Arts Museum

Sharron Proulx-Turner reads at the Nickle Arts Museum

Gregory Scofield reads at the Nickle Arts Museum

Marilyn Dumont reads at the Nickle Arts Museum

Lee Maracle reads at the Nickle Arts Museum

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