Nicola Campbell is Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis from the Nicola Valley, British Columbia and currently lives in Stò:lō solh temexw. She is the author of Shi-shi-etko, Shin-chi’s Canoe, Grandpa’s Girls and A Day with Yayah. Her stories weave cultural and land-based teachings that focus on truth, love, respect, endurance, and reciprocity. Her Ph.D. dissertation research through UBC Okanagan draws upon Indigenous scholarship with a focus on contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling practices. Nicola writes adult and children’s free-verse poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose.
Shi-shi-etko was the co-winner of the 2006 Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year. Shin-chi’s Canoe, the sequel to Shi-shi-etko, received the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Grandpa’s Girls, released in 2011, was a finalist for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Book Award. Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe are both produced into short movies, set in Stó:lō solh temexw with the main spoken language as Stó:lō Halq’emeylem with English subtitles. Both films have been shown at film festivals around the world. Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe the books and films are used in core educational curriculum focusing on Indian Residential Schools across Canada.
Her next publication titled Stand Like a Cedar is published by Highwater Press and illustrated by Stò:lō artist Carrielynn Victor. The release date is February 2021. Campbell’s forthcoming memoir, featuring a combination of poetry and prose, will be published by HighWater Press, Winnipeg.
All events featuring Nicola Campbell:
Panel Discussion: minority languages – hopes for the future?
· With Linda Ervine, Nicola Campbell, Úna-Minh Kavanagh and James Kelly
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