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Advice to Indigenous youth on healing with humour and how to become a writer

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Chief Robert Joseph was taken from his home at a young age and experienced some of the horrors of the residential school system. He struggled with the darkness of addiction and trauma before stepping on to his own healing journey. Since then, he has been a beacon for others, working through their own residential school experience. He was one of the elders who advised the Prime Minister on Canada’s apology to survivors. We met up with him as he was about to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Indspire awards. He’s a man that is often smiling, so we spoke with Chief Robert Joseph about the importance that humour plays in healing.
Our second guest is an award-winning story-teller. Joseph Boyden has been acknowledge for his writing since his very first novel, Three Day Road, which was published in 2005. His third novel, The Orenda, is an international bestseller and is being adapted to television.
As someone who wants to be published one day, I wanted to hear Mr. Boyden’s advice to a new generation of indigenous story-tellers.
We spoke to him as he took part in the youth events that are always a part of the Indspire awards.

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