Suzanne Methot was born in Vancouver in 1968 and raised in Peace River, Alberta, which is known as Sagitawa (“where the rivers meet”) in the Cree language. She has worked as a writer, editor, educator, and community worker for over 25 years.
Suzanne’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been published in various anthologies including Steal My Rage: New Native Voices (Douglas & McIntyre), Let the Drums Be Your Heart (Douglas & McIntyre), A Shade of Spring (7th Generation Books), and in a vast dreaming (Native Women in the Arts). Her feature articles, guest columns, profiles, and book reviews have appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Windspeaker, and Canadian Geographic. Suzanne was managing editor of Fuse Magazine and Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, and also worked as a copy editor for NOW magazine and art galleries including A Space and the McMaster Museum of Art. She has also appeared as a commentator on CBC Radio One.
In addition to her work as a writer and editor, Suzanne has worked extensively in the non-profit sector as an adult literacy practitioner and in community-based environments including the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto. As a former member of the board of directors at Central Toronto Community Health Centres — which oversees policy and governance at two sites, the Shout clinic for youth and the Queen West Community Health Centre — and a longtime volunteer with Anishnawbe Health Toronto’s street patrol, Suzanne has a particular interest in the intersections among intergenerational trauma, social justice, and the social determinants of health. She has over two decades’ experience working in advocacy and direct–service positions with people who are marginalized by racism, poverty, homelessness, health status, addictions, mental-health challenges, crime, and victimization.
Suzanne has lectured on Aboriginal literature at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education, and was a guest lecturer in the Journalism program at the First Nations Technical Institute at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory from 2000 to 2005. She has also been a guest speaker/presenter at the Ontario Library Association 2013 Super Conference, the York University Faculty of Environmental Studies, and the Royal Ontario Museum. From 2009 to 2010, Suzanne was an Education Officer for school programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she facilitated gallery and studio activities for students from K-12. She was appointed to the Indigenous Advisory Circle at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2014, to assist the ROM in building authentic and sustainable relationships with Indigenous communities.
From 2007 to 2012, Suzanne was a teacher with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), teaching grades 1–8, where she created an arts-based program for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students that explored Aboriginal cultures, histories, and traditions through the provincial curriculum in order to foster student identity, engagement, and achievement. She also worked as a consultant to the TDSB’s Central Coordinating Office for Aboriginal Education, writing K-12 curriculum, coordinating student symposia, and facilitating teacher professional development. After leaving the TDSB, Suzanne started her own education consulting business, developing programs, managing projects, writing curriculum, and facilitating workshops for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the YWCA Elm Centre, the City of Toronto, the Hot Docs Canadian international documentary film festival, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and schools in the Toronto, Peel, and Dufferin-Peel boards.
Suzanne is co-author of the Grade 11 textbook and teachers’ resource Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations (Pearson Canada/Goodminds) and a primary contributor to Scholastic Canada’s Take Action! series of classroom resource books. She also worked as principal copy editor for Ningwakwe Learning Press for nearly 10 years, editing bestselling titles including Empowering the Spirit: Native Literacy Curriculum, Native Learning Styles, Drum Making: A Guide for the Anishinaabe Hand Drum, Frybread, Ningwakwe’s ABC Book, Omuskegowak, Take It Away Bear Creek!, The Truth About Nibbles, and Story of the Seven Fires: Teachers’ Manual.
Suzanne’s ancestral roots are in the Rocky Mountain Cree community of Asini Wachik, which dispersed when the government of Canada created Jasper National Park.
In 2014, Suzanne was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. She is represented by agent Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency.
Suzanne’s non-fiction book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing will be published in Spring 2018 by ECW Press.