Jules Arita Koostachin's debut poetry collection Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths(Kegedonce Press) explores the experiences of an Indigenous woman facing a difficult past in order to find her voice. The featured poem "Nanan" and others in the collection look back on pivotal moments that shape a woman's future and her understanding of herself.
Born in Moose Factory Ontario, Jules Arita Koostachin was raised by her Cree speaking grandparents in Moosonee, and also with her mother in Ottawa, a survivor of the Canadian Residential school system. Jules is a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Moshkekowok territory, and she currently resides in Vancouver with her partner and twin sons. She is a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice with the University of British Columbia – her research focus is Indigenous documentary.
Jules carries extensive knowledge working in Indigenous community in several different capacities providing support to Indigenous women and children who face barriers; these community experiences continue to feed her advocacy and her arts practice.
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A Difficult Beauty by David Groulx (Wolsak and Wynn).
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