Carol Rose Daniels
Carol Rose Daniels is Cree/Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan. In 1989, Carol became Canada’s first Indigenous woman to anchor a national newscast. She was a journalist for 30 years, in addition to being a published novelist, poet, playwright, visual artist, and musician. She is the author of the award-winning novel Bearskin Diary (Harbour Publishing, 2015). Much of Carol’s writing stems from her personal experience as an adopted Indigenous child of the Sixties Scoop, and her work has won the Aboriginal Literature Award, First Nation Communities READ Award, and the 2017 CBC Turtle Island Reads Award. Her collection of poetry, Hiraeth, was published in April 2018, while her second novel, Narrows of Fear, is forthcoming in 2018. She currently lives in Regina.
Hiraeth is about women supporting and lending strength and clarity to other women, so they know that moving forward is always possible – and always necessary. It documents a journey of struggle that pertains to a dark point in Canadian history that few talk about and of which even fewer seem aware. Poems speak to the 1960’s “scoop up” of children and how this affected the lives of First Nations and Métis girls – girls who later grew to be women with questions, women with wounds, women who felt like they had no place to call home.