Suzanne Methot has worked as an adult literacy and skills training practitioner since 1991, and as an elementary school educator since 2007. For over a decade, she was principal editor for Ningwakwe Learning Press, creating Indigenous culture-based literacy resources including Empowering the Spirit: Native Literacy Curriculum, Drum Making: A Guide for the Anishinaabe Hand Drum, Frybread, Take It Away Bear Creek!, and the Story of the Seven Fires: Teachers’ Manual. She was also an Education Officer for school programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she facilitated gallery and studio activities for students from K-12. Over the past 25 years, Suzanne has also worked in advocacy and direct–service positions at Indigenous community-based organizations. She has a B.A. in literature and history and a B.Ed. specializing in equity and social justice education.
Since 2012, Suzanne has been an education consultant, working with students and facilitating teacher professional development sessions for schools and school boards in Ontario, writing education packages for organizations including the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, and Indigenizing program content for non-profit and arts organizations. She is also currently working with children in grades 1–6 in an after-school program located in an underserved urban community living in social housing.
Suzanne’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been published in 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. She is co-author of the Grade 11 textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations (Goodminds/Pearson Education Canada), and is also a primary contributor to Scholastic Canada’s Take Action series of classroom resource books for grades 4–6 (which provide Indigenous perspectives on social justice, sustainability, and ethical citizenship) and Scholastic’s Take Action for Reconciliation series for grades 3–8 (which engage students in inquiry about Indigenous histories, cultures, and worldviews). In 2014, Suzanne was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. In 2016, she was featured in a radio documentary on CBC Radio One.
Suzanne has lectured on Indigenous literatures 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 Institute for Studies in Education, the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, the York University Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Perimeter Institute, and the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival teacher professional development conference. In December 2018, Suzanne will be presenting two sessions at the Halton District School Board’s Human Rights Symposium.
Born in Vancouver in 1968 and raised in Peace River, Alberta — which is known as Sagitawa (“where the rivers meet”) in the Cree language — Suzanne is of mixed Indigenous (Rocky Mountain Cree, Haudenosaunee, Passamaquoddy) and European (Scottish, Norman, Russian, French Canadian) heritage, but identifies as Rocky Mountain Cree through Nehiyawak matrilineal tradition. She was appointed to the Royal Ontario Museum’s Indigenous Advisory Circle in 2014, and is also a member of the Durham College Journalism Program Advisory Committee.
Suzanne’s non-fiction book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing will be published by ECW Press in March 2019. She is represented by agent Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency.