Michelle Good:
Truth Telling About Indigenous Life in Canada

Co-Presented by Talking Stick Festival, Massy Books, Massy Arts
and the Vancouver Public Library

When the time for apologies and acknowledgements is over, do you know what the real, necessary steps towards Truth and Reconciliation must be? In Truth Telling: Seven Conversations About Indigenous Life in Canada, award-winning author Michelle Good presents an essay collection that asks non-Indigenous Canadians to reconsider what they think they know about Indigenous life and to confront the human cost of colonialism. Come hear Michelle Good in conversation with journalist Andrea Crossan. 

This event will feature a performance by singer songwriter, Zofia Rose, organized by Talking Stick Festival along with books for sale and a book signing by the author.

This event is presented in partnership with Massy Books, Massy Arts, and the Vancouver Public Library.

Michelle Good


MICHELLE GOOD is a writer of Cree ancestry and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After three decades of working with Indigenous communities and organizations, she obtained her law degree. She earned her MFA in creative writing at UBC while still practising law. Her novel, Five Little Indians, was nominated for the Writers’ Trust Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It received the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Five Little Indians was also chosen for Canada Reads 2022. Michelle Good’s poems, short stories and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada.

Andrea Crossan


ANDREA CROSSAN is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. She is an award-winning radio journalist with over 30 years of experience, reporting from over a dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ukraine, South Africa, Uganda, and Brazil. She is currently the executive editor of the Global Reporting Centre (GRC), an independent news organization based out of UBC.

Please welcome Tsatsu Staqayu translation is The Coastal Wolfpack.

Zofia Rose


Zofia Rose is a Dakelh FN mixed, Polish poet and musician. Making their home in the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh peoples, Zofia Rose is forever chasing the muse and thrives making food, music and poetry for a living.