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A few weeks ago, OPL was pleased to collaborate with CHEO in holding a live web chat for CHEO staff with Indigenous author and residential school survivor Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and her daughter-in-law and co-author Christy Jordan-Fenton.


CHEO hosted the program, offered by OPL to schools and community agencies, to increase their employees’ knowledge about the residential school experience and Inuit culture, as CHEO provides tertiary health care to parts of Nunavut.


The live web session was well attended by doctors, nurses, mental health workers, and health care coordinators, who asked many questions, such as why Margaret Pokiak-Fenton wrote books about her childhood in residential school; if writing contributed to her healing; and what has been the reaction to her books.


It was a session of meaningful discussion with the two authors, where CHEO participants gained a deeper understanding of residential school history, more awareness of Inuit culture, and a desire to learn more.



More live web sessions with these two authors are planned for Ottawa schools in the coming months. Leveraging technology to connect out-of-town Indigenous authors with local groups and classrooms is an incredibly engaging and innovative way to fulfill OPL’s mission to inspire learning, spark curiosity and connect people.


Click on this link for all of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Christy Jordan-Fenton’s books.


Why not promote Indigenous authors

Hello misatim,

Thank you for your comment. Margaret Pokiak-Fenton is an Indigenous author. She is Inuvialuit, and she is a residential school survivor. You can find all her books by clicking on the link above Comments.