dandelion and blackberry is located in Saukiing Anishnaabekiing on the Saugeen Peninsula, the Traditional Territory of the Anishinabek Nation: The People of the Three Fires known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomie Nations. We give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen, and the Chippewas of Nawash (Neyaashiinigmiig), now known as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as the traditional and rightful keepers of these lands and waters.
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INDIGENOUS WRITING & PUBLISHING ON THE SAUGEEN PENINSULA
Basil Johnston (1929 – 2015)
Basil Johnston was an Anishinnabe author, educator, Ojibway language champion and member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded Nation. He was born in Wasauksing First Nation, near Parry Sound, then lived in Neyaashiinigmiing until he was eight and forced to attend St.Peter Clavers Residential School in Spanish, Ontario. His memoir “Indian School Days” is about the abuses suffered at St. Peter’s.
Johnston was a prolific writer who worked at the Royal Ontario Museum for over 25 years, collecting and recording Anishinaabe stories, believing that the key to amplifying Ojibway culture was through preserving its language.
Johnston was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1989 and passed away in Wiarton in 2015.
You can often find signed copies of Johnston’s work in local second hand bookstores…we recommend The Berford Street Bookstore, owned by Melanie Hepburn, in Wiarton.
Kegedonce Press, Neyaashiinigmiing.
“Since 1993 Kegedonce Press has been crafting beautiful books that involve Indigenous Peoples at all levels of production. We support the enterprise of Indigenous writers, artists, graphic illustrators, designers, editors, printers and others in related fields. Founded in 1993 by Anishinaabe writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Kegedonce is committed to the publication of beautifully written and designed Indigenous literature, both nationally and internationally.
Kegedonce has published works by some of the most widely known contemporary Indigenous writers in Canada, including Joanne Arnott, Cherie Dimaline, Louise Bernice Halfe, Daniel Health Justice, Aaron Paquette, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Gregory Scofield, and Richard Van Camp, among many others.
Indigenous owned and operated, Kegedonce is based at Neyaashiinigmiing, on the traditional territory of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. Our owner and Managing Editor is Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm of the Chippewas of Nawash; our Publishing Manager is Renee K. Abram, of the Oneida Nation (Onyota’a:ka), Wolf clan.” (From the Kegedonce Press website).