Catherine Lafferty

Artist

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Catherine Lafferty, Katłįà (Kat-lee-ah) grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories where she was primarily raised by her grandmother who taught her to be respectful of the land and to practice and appreciate her culture and traditions.

Katłįà's writing career started off at a young age when she was hired to write for the local newspaper "The Yellowknifer" in which she still contributes to today. Katłįà has received recognition for her writing in recent years placing third in line for the Sally Manning Award for her poem "Full Circle" in 2018 and being longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, she has also had the pleasure of writing and recording music with Juno Award winner Leela Gilday and has had the opportunity to work with many influential Indigenous literary icons including Tracey Lindberg, Leanne Simpson and Richard Van Camp who have provided their guidance and mentorship.

Katłįà has recently signed a contract to publish a full-length composite novel that gives us a unique perspective into what the world might look like today if Indigenous legends walked amongst us, disguised as humans, and ensures that the spiritual significance and teachings behind the stories of Indigenous legends are respected and honored.

She is also currently in the final stages of completing a fictional novel based on true events that expose the corruption behind the housing crisis within First Nations communities in the North. Katłįà's first novel, a memoir called "Northern Willdflower" was published in the fall of 2018 with Fernwood/Roseway Publishing.

In addition to her many artistic endeavours, Katłįà is in her second year of the world renknowned Indigenous Juris Doctor/Common Law program at the University of Victoria.