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Author visit: An evening with Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette will be visiting Queen's on Wednesday, March 7 to discuss The Break in an evening hosted in partnership with the Kingston Writer's Fest. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. 

This is an event you don't want to miss! Be sure to sign up early and bring your copy of The Break on March 7!

Tickets are free for Queen's students, staff, and faculty members, but be sure to sign up as seating is limited! Members of the Kingston community can purchase tickets through the Kingston Writer's Fest ($20 in advance, $22 at the door). (March 1, 2018: Tickets are now SOLD OUT!)

Ms. Vermette will sign copies of her book following her talk. Free copies of the Queen's Reads edition of The Break will be available for students, staff, and faculty members and copies will be available for purchase for community members courtesy of Novel Idea. In addition to the author talk, all attendees will have free access to Kent Monkman's powerful art exhibit, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience.


Queen's Reads Events

What Does it Mean to be Canadian? Exploring Identity in Light of Canada 150

Join us for a panel discussion with students, staff and faculty at Queen's. The panel will explore diverse perspectives on what it means to be Canadian, discuss intersectionality in relation to identity, and investigate why Canada 150 celebrations may be problematic and how we can work together to better incorporate reconciliation into our daily lives.

The event will take place Wednesday, November 8th in Wallace Hall in the John Deutsch University Centre.

Community Events

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise is based on participatory popular education methodology and the goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples.

This event will take place on Wednesday October 25th from 5:30 to 7:30pm the QUIC Hall.

Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Training

Using an intersectional, community-based approach, Bystander Intervention Training Sessions give students, faculty, and staff the tools needed to recognize and respond to sexual violence. Facilitated by the Division of Student Affairs, the programming is administered by a trained team of undergraduate and graduate student leaders. Please click on the event date to register:

19th Annual Symposium on Indigenous Knowledge: Exploring Indigenous Themes in The Break

Robert Sutherland Hall Rm.202 Queen’s University - October 27 & 28, 2017

The Break - a novel by Metis author Katherena Vermette was chosen as this years' Queen's Reads novel for the Queen's community. The Symposium will explore the themes in the book from an Indigenous perspective.

The annual Indigenous Symposium is organized by students and staff of Queen’s University who believe Indigenous knowledge and scholarship have an essential role in the ‘Halls of Higher Learning’, and that First Nations, Inuit & Metis peoples have a right to share in this.

Indigenous Research promotes friendship and familiarity among participants, and facilitates the expansion of understanding, creating a welcoming environment for the growing community of indigenous scholars.

The symposium will be conducted with respect for traditional Indigenous protocols; Indigenous community members and Elders will be in attendance as participants and stakeholders, and presentations will be in the form of a talking circle. The sessions are moderated with the use of a talking stick and given guidance by Elders.