Suzanne Methot is the author of the non-fiction book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (ECW Press, 2019). She is also the co-author of the Grade 11 textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations (Goodminds/Pearson Canada, 2011) and a contributor to Scholastic Canada’s Take Action series of classroom resource books. Suzanne facilitates professional development sessions for the education sector, and is a speaker on various topics including human rights, Indigenous literatures, Indigenous worldviews, Indigenous approaches to health and wellness, intergenerational trauma, and decolonization. She also works as an editor and in program development for the education, environmental, museum, and arts and culture sectors.
Suzanne’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been published in various anthologies, and her feature articles, guest columns, profiles, and book reviews have appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Windspeaker, and Canadian Geographic. In 2014, Suzanne was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature.
Reviewers have called Legacy “accessible, relatable, and full of storytelling about real people,” saying that the book “uncovers the critical need for legislation that moves from creating ‘a renewed relationship’ with Indigenous peoples to creating real structural change.” The School Library Journal says Legacy is “a deeply empathetic and inspiring
work with insights of value to anyone struggling to overcome personal or communal trauma,” and Quill & Quire says the book “offers Indigenous readers testimony and some tools, and provides non-Indigenous readers depth of scope for understanding the relationships that exist between Indigenous peoples, their nations, and Canada.”
Born in Vancouver in 1968 and raised in Peace River, Alberta — which is known as Sagitawa (“where the rivers meet”) in the Nehiyawak language — Suzanne is of mixed Indigenous (Nehiyawak, Peskotomuhkati, Haudenosaunee) and European (Scottish, Norman, Russian, French Canadian) heritage. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she is working on a children’s book about hidden urban rivers and a novel set in northern Alberta.
Visit Suzanne’s website at www.suzannemethot.ca.