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Join your peers at UBC Connects for Students, for a unique opportunity to connect with some of the world’s most esteemed thought leaders in an intimate and interactive setting. UBC connects the dots — and people — to shed light on the world’s most pressing issues.


Featured Speaker

Michelle Good

This special event for UBC students will provide an opportunity to connect with Michelle Good during an interactive question and answer session.

This virtual event will take place on December 2, 2021
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

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Visit the UBC Bookstore to purchase the speaker’s book

Resilience

About the Speakers:

Michelle Good is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years, she obtained a law degree and advocated for residential school survivors for over fourteen years. Good earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia while still practising law and managing her own law firm.

Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada, and her poetry was included on two lists of the best Canadian poetry in 2016 and 2017. Five Little Indians, her first novel, won the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Award. It was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award. Michelle Good now lives and writes in the southern interior of British Columbia.



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