“We can be the change we want to see in this world.”
Writer & Consulter
Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith is a Saulteaux woman from Peguis First Nation. She is an editor, writer and journalist who graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Aboriginal Studies in June 2011 and went on to receive her Master’s in Education in Social Justice in June 2017. Her first non-fiction story “Choosing the Path to Healing” appeared in the 2006 anthology Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces. She has written for the Native Canadian, Anishinabek News, Windspeaker, FNH Magazine, New Tribe Magazine, Muskrat Magazine and the Piker Press. She has also co-edited the anthology Bawaajigan with fellow Indigenous writer Nathan Adler.
We’ve Found Our Voices/We’re Telling Our Stories
The Sixties Scoop has impacted thousands of Indigenous individuals, families and communities. It is an extremely charged issue and I feel that the stories of survivors should be told, so that this assimiliationist part of Canadian history does not get swept away and ignored like so many other Indigenous issues.
As a Sixties Scoop survivor and writer/editor, I would like to curate and collect creative non-fiction writing that tells our stories. This would include poetry, prose and short stories.
What I Am Looking For:
I would like stories to be by survivors and/or adoptee Indigenous writers-which means anyone who identifies as First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Status and Non-Status (including those of mixed heritage/ancestry. I also encourage submissions from 2 Spirit/LGBTQIAP folk.
Submissions including Indigenous languages are also welcome, although please include English translations.
The stories can be influenced by your experiences and how the Sixties Scoop impacted you and your families personally, and/or also how it has impacted you currently. Ideas to consider include:
- What was it like for you growing up, knowing that you were adopted?
- What was your experience like?
- Did you reconnect with your birth family? How did that go?
- Are you looking for family still?
- Where are you in your journey as a survivor?
- Do you have a story of healing?
Primarily I would like to see and read stories that not only offer a glimpse into this dark history of Canada, but also offer a sense of hope, strength and resilience.
Original unpublished work up to 5,000 words, creative non-fiction stories, poetry and prose will be accepted. If you have something that almost fits the criteria and you’re not sure, please submit it anyways. Legible 12-point Times New Roman font. Please list your name, contact info, and word count on the first page.
Call Open From: December 5, 2020 until March 15, 2021
Payment: Will be in Canadian dollars and will be at the discretion of the publisher upon acceptance.
Proceeds: I am hoping that half the proceeds of this anthology will go towards a Native agency that champions and supports our rights and/or advocates for them in a meaningful way that respects our various teachings.
Editor: Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith
Rights: Upon acceptance, a consent to publish will be sent out. This will also include non-exclusive English World and No re-prints for one year.
Publication Date: TBD by Publisher
Please submit either directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or through Google Docs.