SFU Vancouver Lunch 'n' Learn

About the Lunch 'n' Learn:

Date: Wednesday, September 27
12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, room 2270, 515 W. Hastings St.

We are very pleased to welcome former SFU colleague and now award-winning author, William Lindsay, back to SFU Vancouver Lunch ‘n’ Learn! In another engaging session moderated by SFU’s Am Johal, William will discuss what his crucially acclaimed novel, Rez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces, taught him about the writing process, about self-publishing, and about the transformative impact of sharing his life as an Indigenous youth in print. William pulls no punches and is keen to open up about his journey. There will be a Q & A session and multiple opportunities to win a copy of William’s book.

This is a free, in-person event with lunch provided.

Note: This event honours Orange Shirt Day on September 30. We encourage everyone attending to wear their orange shirt, and a few will be available at the event by donation. All proceeds will go to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

About the Speaker:

William G. Lindsay (Cree-Stoney) B.Ed. M.A. worked for a quarter century in post-secondary education. He served most recently as the Senior Director, Indigenous Directions at Concordia University in Montréal. He has experience as a college professor, university educator, researcher and published writer, student services coordinator, Associate Director, Director, and Senior Director, across the following institutions: Concordia University, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, Douglas College, Institute of Indigenous Government, and Native Education College. William was the inaugural Director of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples at SFU for most of the 2010s. 

William’s book Rez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces is a harrowing and intelligent semi-fictional look at the aftermath of the residential school and Indian day school systems. It was released on Amazon in December 2021. The Vancouver Sun and The Province published book reviews in May 2022, calling it "a new classic of Indigenous literature” and “An Indigenous Odyssey for TRC times”. The book has since been the recipient of five awards in prestigious book competitions, been featured in media, is in libraries across the country, and been featured at two conferences, including as keynote at the 2023 ISMMS conference in Montréal. William has presented at over twenty academic conferences, his presentations dealing with Indigenous social justice, education, and now the book 'Rez Dog Blues'.