2022 Events 

One Book One Community

Reading and Reconciliation: One Book One Community
With author of Five Little Indians Michelle Good, and host, Honorary Witness Shelagh Rogers

Michelle Good is a descendent of the Battle River Cree, and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation. She has worked with Indigenous organizations since she was a teenager and at 43, obtained her law degree from UBC. She has practiced law in the public and private sectors since then, primarily advocating for Residential School Survivors. In 2014, she graduated from UBC with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing in 2014 where her first novel, Five Little Indians, started taking shape. Five Little Indians went on to win the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, The 2021 Amazon First Novel Award, and the 2021 Kobo Emerging Author Prize in Literary Fiction. Michelle is currently working on her second novel.

Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast-journalist and host/producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter devoted to writing in Canada. In 2011, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. That same year she was inducted as an Honorary Witness to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.


Michelle Good - Five Little Indians

Folk U Forum

Facilitated by Manda Aufochs Gillespie of Cortes Island’s Folk University. “Folk University is an experiment, a question, a verb. At its heart is the hope that at a time when our ideas and differences are being used to divide us from each other, that perhaps we can engage in the act of learning, inspiring, and sharing in a way that brings us closer together. Can we become more independent and interdependent? Can we slow down learning? Can we have fun while doing it? Can we fail and still succeed, and succeed and let ourselves continue to fail? We
have islands of explorers, gardeners, artists, writers, dancers, farmers, lumberjacks, swimmers, fisher-people, craftspeople, scientists, citizens, professors, home-makers, and home-builders. Let’s share what we know. And have fun doing it.”

Ardyth Cooper shared her experience as an Indigenous woman, and the impact of the Indian Act. Judith Plant shared on her life and times of starting and running the successful book publishing company, New Society Publishers. Laura Busheikin shared on her adventures building and maintaining a 15-household land cooperative on Denman Island.