A life, a history, an author: S.P. Joseph Lyons shares his story

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Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) will host S.P. Joseph Lyons for a live online discussion later this month. The Anishinaabe Algonquin author, speaker, and Indigenous education advocate intimately knows the terrible impacts of colonization.

According to a release from the library, Lyons is a ‘60s Scoop adoptee and intergenerational survivor of the residential school system, he endured abuse and neglect, turning to his imagination and creativity as a haven.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Lyons will discuss Indigenous history, colonization, residential schools, the ‘60s Scoop, and intergenerational trauma. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. over Zoom. Participants are welcome to ask questions as part of the Q&A following the main presentation, according to the release.

Register to participate at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/6195794. The library thanks the Friends of Kingston Frontenac Public Library for generously supporting this event.

KFPL said that Lyon is author of the DRUX series, Little Bear in Foster Care, Wolf Pup Misses His Pack, and the Nootau Tales trilogy; co-author of Rose’s Thorns; with work featured in collaborative and charity publications.

“Having Joseph with us is a great opportunity for our region to learn how personal and wider Indigenous experiences influence the creative process,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming. “Joseph can speak to the hardships experienced by Indigenous communities, especially in the last several decades. He’s an author to watch!”

Want to learn more from regional Indigenous creators? KFPL recommends attending poet Sarah Brown-Dunkley’s event on June 20. Register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/6408698.

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