Category Archives: Author Spotlight

Creator Roundup: When We Were Alone Swampy Cree Edition

We spoke with the creators of When We Were Alone, author David A. Robertson and illustrator Julie Flett, about the upcoming release of the When We Were Alone Swampy Cree Edition. This edition includes the text in English, Swampy Cree syllabics, and Swampy Cree Roman orthography.   Read to learn more about the inspiration behind […]

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Siha Tooskin Knows Series: Interview with Authors Charlene Bearhead and Wilson Bearhead

Charlene Bearhead and Wilson Bearhead are the authors of the Siha Tooskin Knows series. Eleven-year-old Siha Tooskin (Paul) is a Nakota boy who is learning about his identity and developing a sense of cultural responsibility in a contemporary, urban setting. The series is illustrated by multi-talented artist Chloe Bluebird Mustooch. Read our interview with Charlene […]

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Interview with Shelley Moore

  Shelley Moore is a groundbreaking and inspirational teacher, speaker, and storyteller. Her book, One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion, tackles inclusion as a philosophy and practice, the difference between integration and inclusion, and how inclusion can work with a variety of students and abilities. Through her work, you can […]

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International Women’s Day Author Roundup

At Portage & Main Press/HighWater Press, we are proud to work with incredible, groundbreaking women authors. In honour of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, read about some of our incredible women authors and their accomplishments.  Groundbreaking Educators Pamela Rose Toulouse Pamela Rose Toulouse, PhD, is originally from the community of Sagamok First Nation […]

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Hands-On Creator Jennifer Lawson: An Interview

Hands-On, a collection of comprehensive, ready-to-use resources for teachers in Canada was founded and written by series editor, Jennifer Lawson. In addition to writing, she teaches at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Education and is a local school board trustee.  Jennifer Lawson is an innovative educator—she has helped shape the future of […]

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I Will See You Again: A Conversation with Lisa Boivin

Lisa Boivin is a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation, an interdisciplinary artist, and a PhD student at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.  While her artistic focus is primarily to use art as a pedagogical tool to bridge gaps between aspects of Indigenous cultures and worldviews and […]

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Social Justice in Art, Part Two: KC Adams & GMB Chomichuk

In part two of our Social Justice in Art series, we spoke with artists KC Adams and GMB Chomichuk. We heard their insights on creative collaboration, art as a means to start conversations, and taking risks in the service of important messages. You can read part one here. KC Adams KC Adams (she/her/hers) is a Cree/Ojibway/British […]

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Social Justice in Art, Part One: Natasha Donovan & Scott B. Henderson

Art has always been a catalyst for social change. Before a piece of artwork can make an impact on the world, artists must embark on a process of complex decisions, creative thinking, and skillful execution. In part one of this two-part series, we interviewed artists Natasha Donovan and Scott Henderson. Both have contributed artwork to […]

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Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: Faye Brownlie on What’s New in the 2nd Edition

All kids should have the opportunity to fall in love with reading. Faye Brownlie’s acclaimed guide, Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses, has offered teachers a powerful set of tools for engaging young readers since its release in 2005. Now, the second edition is almost here, and it’s filled with new strategies and updated tools for today’s […]

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Richard Van Camp on Honouring Frank T’Seleie

Richard Van Camp is the author of “Like a Razor Slash,” a story in the anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. The story features illustrations by Scott B. Henderson and colour art by Scott A. Ford. In his author statement below, Richard explores how the events of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline served as inspiration for the […]

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