Founded by Anishinaabe poet, writer and educator Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Kegedonce Press has published books created by a range of Indigenous creatives since 1993. One of only a handful of dedicated Indigenous publishers in Canada, Kegedonce Press is based in Owen Sound and Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario, on the traditional territory of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. Some of the most widely known and awarded contemporary Indigenous writers have published with Kegedonce Press, including Joanne Arnott, Cherie Dimaline and Marilyn Dumont, among several others. In fall 2020, Louise Bernice Halfe—Sky Dancer, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate—asked Kegedonce Press to put two of her classic and critically acclaimed poetry collections back into print:Sky Dancer’s Blue Marrow from 2020 and The Crooked Good from 2021.
Coinciding with this year’s celebrations of both National Indigenous History and Pride Month, Kegedonce Press partnered with Toronto’s Glad Day Bookshop to offer a sale on Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Indigenous titles. Several Kegedonce titles uplift Two-Spirit content, including those by Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Smokii Sumac, and Tunchai Redvers. In fall 2021, Kegedonce will release an illustrated children’s book by Sharon King, a poetry collection by Daniel Lockhart and a memoir by Sixties Scoop survivor Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith.
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Indigenous Curatorial Collective/Collectif des commissaires autochtones
Founded in 2005, The Indigenous Curatorial Collective/Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA) is an Indigenous-run and led non-profit organization that aims to support and connect fellow Indigenous curators, artists, writers, academics, and professionals through various methods of gathering. Led by Executive Director Camille Georgeson-Usher, the ICCA engages in critical discourses, increases professional opportunities for its members, develops programming, and most importantly works to build reciprocal relationships with Indigenous curators, artists, communities and external institutions. The ICCA is invested in initiatives that influence a more equitable, accessible and inclusive arts sector for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour working in the arts.
Until the end of June, the ICCA is accepting submissions for artwork and moderators to be featured in their Annual Gathering Solidarity Across Space/Solidarité à travers l’espace, scheduled for November. A series of events including panel discussions and workshops will be presented around the theme of solidarity, which is rooted in the theme of care explored in 2020. This gathering will give space to Black, Afro-Indigenous and Indigenous curators, artists, art workers and educators who reflect and centre their work on knowledge and actions of solidarity.