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Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation. In his youth, he pulled nets, fought forest fires, bartended, catered rock concerts, and worked as a print reporter. Eventually, he moved from journalism to communications after being head-hunted by the Indian Claims Commission. Since then, he has worked at the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and the Assembly of First Nations. His forays back to journalism include hosting APTN National News, while also producing two news-related shows, and, recently, appearing as a co-host on CTV Morning Live Winnipeg. He is currently the Communications Manager at MFNERC.org.

Julie Flett is a Cree–Métis author, illustrator, and artist who has received numerous accolades and awards for her books, including two Governor General’s Awards, two Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Awards, a TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and the American Indian Library Association Award. She is the author and illustrator of Birdsong and We All Play (Greystone Kids), and Wildberries and Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet (Simply Red). She is the illustrator of On the Trapline (Tundra Books) and When We Were Alone (Highwater Press), both written by David A. Robertson, and Monique Gray Smith’s My Heart Fills with Happiness, amongst many other acclaimed titles.

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