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    Jan. 13, 2017

    11 Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading Instead Of Joseph Boyden

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    Three weeks after an explosive investigative report was published by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, author Joseph Boyden has broken his silence.

    In a written statement, Boyden, who has at various points claimed Metis, Anishinaabe, Nipmuc and Mi'kmaq heritage, admits he has stolen the spotlight on Indigenous issues as he is "a white kid from Willowdale with native roots."

    What does authenticity mean when it comes to fiction? The next time you're looking for a page-turner, consider one of Canada's authentic Indigenous authors who prove a strong sense of identity can go a long way.

    1. Richard Wagamese

    2. Rosanna Deerchild

    Rosanna Deerchild (supplied)

    Cree broadcaster and poet Rosanna Deerchild is currently the host of Unreserved on CBC Radio One. Deerchild's second book, Calling Down the Sky, is a deeply personal poetry collection about the residential school experience. The book tells the story of her own mother, as well as Deerchild's struggles with the intergenerational trauma of residential schools.

    3. Tracey Lindberg

    4. Katherena Vermette

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    Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company) won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Her novel The Break was just released in fall 2016 and is already receiving critical acclaim.

    5. Jordan Wheeler

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    Jordan Wheeler — of proud Cree, Ojibwa, Assiniboine, Irish, English, and Scottish heritage — is a Gemini Award winning writer and television producer. Best known for his work scriptwriting and story editing popular Canadian TV series such as Arctic Air, renegadepress.com and North of 60; he has also written several books.

    Wheeler told BuzzFeed Canada why his stories are always close to home.

    "There's comfort in knowing a place well enough to write about it," he says. "I think that lends the stories and the characters an authenticity that wouldn't be there if I set a story [in a place I've never been]."

    6. Drew Hayden Taylor

    7. Lee Maracle

    8. Waubgeshig Rice

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    Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. A digital storyteller, Rice began his career in journalism as a 17-year-old exchange student in Germany, writing about his experience as an Anishinaabe man living in Europe. He now works as a video journalist for CBC Ottawa.

    Set in the 1990's, his first novel, Legacy, deals with violence against an Indigenous woman and the effect it has on her family. The novel's themes of injustice and reconciliation are "as timely as today's headlines."

    9. Chelsea Vowel

    10. Eden Robinson

    11. Richard Van Camp

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