Storying Climate Change

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Leacock Museum National Historic Site

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Orillia, ON L3V 7T9

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Storying Climate Change seeks to provide a bridge between the everyday and the oft-apocalyptic sentiments surrounding climate change.

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Canadian writers Kyo Maclear (Birds Art Life, Orillia’s Big Read 2017 selection), Catriona Sandilands (Queer Ecologies), Deborah McGregor (Rising Tides, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice), Hillary McGregor (Rising Tides), and Kate Story (Blasted) will be joined by local writers and storytellers (Vicki Monague, Kory Snache) to read, tell stories, and discuss a new collection of climate change stories, titled Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times. Although climate change is global and dramatic, its effects are also experienced locally by people who are struggling to understand the impacts of climate change on their daily lives. Including more than forty works of short fiction, memoir, and poetry, Rising Tides emphasizes the need for intimate stories and thoughtful attention, and also for a view of climate justice that is grounded in ongoing histories of colonialism and other forms of environmental and social devastation. Bringing stories about climate change—both catastrophic and subtle—closer to home, this event will inspire reflection, understanding, conversation and action.

Storying Climate Change seeks to provide a bridge between the everyday and the oft-apocalyptic sentiments surrounding climate change discussion. As part of a series of readings and discussions taking place across Canada, Storying Climate Change invites communities to discuss and reflect on what climate change means for them now.

The event is free. If possible, please register in advance.

Sponsored by Storying Climate Change, a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellowship, the Lakehead University Research Chair in Environmental Humanities, Caitlin Press, and Manticore Books.

Writer bios are listed below:

Kyo Maclear is an essayist, novelist and children’s author. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages and published in over twenty countries. She recently completed a PhD focused on climate change (York University) and is currently associate faculty with Humber College’s School for Writers and the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA program. Her most recent books are the hybrid memoir Birds Art Life and the graphic novel Operatic.

Deborah McGregor joined York University’s Osgoode Hall law faculty in 2015 as a cross-appointee with the Faculty of Environmental Studies; she currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice. Professor McGregor’s research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, health and environment, and climate justice. She is Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation, Birch Island, Ontario.

Hillary McGregor is the Manager of Indigenous Wellness and Sport Ontario’s Standing Bear youth leadership initiative. A graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program, he is currently a student in Georgian College’s Anishnaabemowin and Program Development program where he is learning more about his Anishnaabe language and culture. A resident of Toronto, Hillary maintains close ties with family members in Whitefish River First Nation, Birch Island, Ontario.

Kate Story is a writer and performer. A Newfoundlander living in Ontario, her first novel Blasted (Killick Press) received the Sunburst Award's honourable mention. Her short fiction has been featured in Exile Edition’s “Cli Fi: Canadian Tales of Climate Change” edited by Bruce Meyer, and has been shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, published in World Fantasy-nominated and Aurora Award-winning collections, and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She is the 2015 recipient of the Ontario Arts Foundation’s K.M. Hunter Award for her work in theatre. In 2017 her third novel This Insubstantial Pageant came out with ChiZine Publications; the Toronto Star named it a “top science-fiction read… exotic, funny and very sexy.” Her first young adult fantasy novel Antilia: Sword and Song came out in 2018/19 and was longlisted for the Sunburst Award. “You know a good book as soon as you start it. It sings to you and makes an immediate connection. That’s what happened to me with Kate Story’s Antilia. I loved everything about the book.” (Charles de Lint)

Vicki M.R. Monague is program & resource developer in the area of Ojibwe Language & Culture revitalization. Previously, Vicki served as an elected member of Council for Beausoleil First Nation and as the South East Region Water Commissioner for the Union of Ontario Indians. She is most remembered in this area for her lead role at Site 41, which stopped the development of a landfill on a pristine aquifer where she personally faced a lawsuit, injunction & criminal charges. For the past 10 years, Vicki has dedicated much of her time to multiple campaigns on Indigenous rights, human rights and environmental protection both locally & internationally. Vicki is the recipient of the YMCA Peace Medallion and was named a Legend by the Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County Legends and Legacies Gala. She is an honours graduate of Georgian College and currently a student at Lakehead University and the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She resides in her traditional territory, the territory of the Chippewa Tri-Council (Simcoe County) in Penetanguishene with her 3 children.

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