International Indigenous Authors Celebration

11 October 2002, Canada

The Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) has announced that the first-ever International Indigenous Authors Celebration and Tour, featuring writers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, will be launched in Canada on October 20. Honouring Words will feature public readings, discussions, panels, storytelling and workshops on Aboriginal writing, and will include a series of special national radio broadcasts in the participating countries. The CCA notes that the event offers an unprecedented opportunity for Indigenous authors from the northern and southern hemispheres to gather and collectively explore and celebrate their writing. More than 20 authors have been selected for the tour including Canadian writer Thomas King, Maori writer Briar Grace-Smith and Australian writer Kim Scott. The Celebration has been sponsored by the CCA, CBC Radio, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board of the Australia Council, Creative New Zealand and DamnWrite! Following its launch in Vancouver the celebration is set to tour to Winnipeg, Cape Croker, and Ontario. Further information on Honouring Words is available online at;