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 honours her First Nation background through her position as a Council Member for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN).

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 winning 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 other influential Indigenous artists including 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 about a Nahga Shapeshifter who travels from time immemorial throughout the north until his lands become encroached. She is also currently in the final stages of completing a fictional novel based on true events exposing 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 will be attending the Indigenous Juris Doctor program at the University of Victoria this fall.