First Nations Women – Reading From The Heart

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VII, no. 2, p. 8, November/December 1995:

– Mahara Allbrett

From the T’Sleil Waututh Nation (Burrard Band) in North Vancouver, Mahara has been writing poetry since she was fifteen and was first published
a year later. In 1970 her book Ka-la-la Poems (under the name Skyros Bruce) was published. She has given numerous poetry readings, including two on CBC radio
and is a recipient of two Canada Council Awards. She has performed with Aboriginal Storyteller in Vancouver, has released two tapes, Deep Relaxation and First
Nations Sexual Abuse Survivors Tape, 
and is working on her first novel. Mahara is a Family Counselor in private practice and facilitates workshops on a variety
of topics including Healing the Residential School Experience. She has a fifteen-year-old daughter, Sarain.

Vera Manuel

From the Ktunaxa-Suxwipmx (Kootenay/Shuswap) Nations, Vera is the co-founder, playwright/director of Storyteller Productions, founded in 1988. Storyteller
presents performance poetry, movement and storytelling about issues related to Aboriginal culture. To date there are six original works of productions. She also wrote
and directed four videos in collaboration with Round Lake Treatment Centre, and Kla-How-Ya Video Productions for Aboriginal youth. Vera also holds workshops such as,
Healing Through Drama and currently works as a consultant/trainer, and research writer for National Native Association of Treatment Directors. Published writing includes
In the spirit of the Family, The Right To Be Special, La Guerra, Locked Doors, Dancer’s in a Nightclub, and The Abyss.

Gunargie O’Sullivan

From the Kwakuilth Nation, Gunargie has been primarily a performance and visual artist. She also hosts a radio show on Co-op Radio, When the Spirit Whispers, on Wednesdays
at 11pm, which features First Nations musicians, literary, performance and visual artists. Gunargie has been writing since she was a child and has been published in Gatherings II & IV
(Theytus Books). She has been working on a piece titled, Mourning Moon, which explores pregnancies from the 1960s to the 1990s (re: 1960s scoop or abduction of children in First Nations
Communities). She has been writing songs in the last year and is the proud mother of Nimkish who is two years old.