Showing off our Roots
In September of 2014, MFNERC formed a Printing & Publishing Unit, with the intent of creating literature grounded in education that has strong Indigenous content. And since then we have hit the ground running and not looked back! Now, a staff of seven is busily involved with many different publishing activities and we are excited to bring you our latest compilation, and invite you to participate in our next.
Volume two of MFNERC’s Grassroots Anthology arrived this September. As with volume one, this edition contains entertaining, thoughtful, and enlightening new stories, poems, photographs, and artwork. Featured artists range from high school students developing their creativity through an art project to established award-winning writers. Many of the works explore First Nations culture and experiences, making the anthology a useful learning tool in the classroom. We hope youth get inspired to share their own experiences through art when complimentary copies get delivered to Manitoba’s First Nations junior high and high schools this fall.
Some First Nations topics explored in the anthology include the legendary Sabé, conservation, family, residential schools, the Idle No More movement, buffalo, and the sweat lodge. First Nations humour emerges in many works. For instance, in Lance Guilbault’s play “What Seems to Be the Problem?” a patient named Walter has to have a colonial-oscopy to cure his Adult Onset Migrational Indigenous Disease. Also, be sure to look for some visual artwork with interesting modern-day techniques such as Pedri-Spade’s multi-layered images representing First Nation struggles to remain connected with the land.
Already in the works, we are seeking submissions for volume three of Grassroots Anthology. You may have stories, poems, art, or photographs you wish to share or perhaps will get inspired to develop something new after exploring the current anthology. The deadline for submissions is November 1st. If your written work is selected for the anthology, you will get the opportunity to further develop and refine it through feedback from MFNERC writers and editors. A collaborative editing process (usually longer than the actual writing/creative process!) is something all professional writers use to hone their craft.
Become part of the First Nations’ tradition of learning through storytelling and the visual arts by sharing your creativity and insight in the next Grassroots Anthology!
Do you have ideas for books or need something in your classroom that isn’t readily avaiable? Email us!