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Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty is a northern Dene/Cree/Metis writer and journalist. Her latest book is the novel This House is Not a Home.
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Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty is a northern Dene/Cree/Metis writer and journalist. Her memoir Northern Wildflower (Fernwood/Roseway Publishing) published in 2018 was the top selling book in the Northwest Territories upon release and is used as a teaching tool in Indigenous literary studies across Turtle Island. Her recently released fictional novel Land-Water-Sky/Ndè-Tı-Yat'a (Fernwood/Roseway Publishing) was nominated for a 2021 Indigenous Voices Award. Recently, Lafferty was appointed as the inaugural climate writer in residence at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. Lafferty is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation from Somba K’e (Yellowknife), Northwest Territories. Having grown up in Somba K’e, she currently splits her time between her northern homeland and the occupied and unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples in lək̓ʷəŋən territory where she is in her third year of the Juris Doctor in Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders with the University of Victoria.

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“History is a merciless judge. It lays bare our tragic blunders and foolish missteps and exposes our most intimate secrets, wielding the power of hindsight like an arrogant detective who seems to know the end of the mystery from the outset.” David Grann, “Killers of the Flower Moon”

It depends on how much time and energy I put towards organizing. I let things pile up and then go through a cleaning frenzy but for the most part I try to keep my desk paper free with the exception of to do lists and reminders.

I worry about not getting enough sleep when I wake up in the middle of the night and know that I have a busy day the next day.

I would love to have one of my stories be optioned into an award-winning Oscar worthy movie where I am able to direct.

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