Lenore Keeshig

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Lenore Keeshig

Lenore Keeshig (of the Wolf Clan) is a traditional storyteller from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation on the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula. Currently, she coordinates the Interpretative Program for the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park. As a traditional storyteller, Lenore has always had personal interest in the geologic references documented in traditional Anishnaabe stories and myths and legends from around the world.

Keeshig’s poetry appears in a number of anthologies. Primarily an author of stories for children, she produced two bilingual books: Bird Talk (1991) and Emma and the Tree (1996), bilingual children’s books in Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwa) and English, and The Truth About Nibbles (2005) co-authored with her husband, David McLaren. Her daughter Polly illustrated all three books. Bird Talk won the 1993—Living the Dream Book Award (an award that commemorates the life and work of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Prior to accepting employment with Parks Canada, Lenore taught Native studies, English and Canadian Literature at George Brown College in Toronto. Lenore served a 5-year term as the chair for the Chippewas of Nawash Board of Education. Previous to that she served on Anti-Racism Ethnocultural Equity Committee for the Bruce County Board of Education (now Bluewater District school Board). Before moving home to Neyaashiinigmiing (aka Cape Croker) in 1993, she served as the founding chair of the Racial Minority Writers Committee of The Writers Union of Canada (1991). Along with Daniel D. Moses and Tomson Highway, she was a co-founder of the Committee to Re-Establish the Trickster, a group established to foster and promote Aboriginal writers. Lenore has worked as an editor for three aboriginal publications: The Ontario Indian, Sweetgrass, and The Magazine to Re-establish the Trickster.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University.

2016 Forum

Geomythology: A First Nations View

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