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Episode 7 – Helen Knott on Accidental Activism, Politics & Healing Addiction

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Helen Knott Gets Vocal About “Appropriation Prize” in Write Magazine – Editor Resigns

Our next guest on the Women Warriors podcast on Monday is no stranger to controversy. Last week she posted on her Facebook about an incident that is now National News, and resulted in the Editor of Write Magazine resigning and an official apology from the Writers’ Union of Canada

“FUMING.. I have a piece published in Write Magazine to find out that the editor used it as a jump point to encourage “respectful cultural appropriation,” that readers will judge if it is good or not. He even goes as far as to suggest a cultural appropriation award. I am seriously disgusted that someone would use the Indigenous issue of Write as a jump point for a case for cultural appropriation on the backs, words, and reputations of the Indigenous writers featured in it. It’s not enough that we are finding our voices, reclaiming our ability to tell stories, and having to heal to tell these stories.. But people want to tell them for us. No. Fuck you Write magazine and your colonial publication bullshit. Never again will I submit anything to your magazine that blatantly appropriated my voice to create a foundation for you to spout off some colonial oppressive word snatching soapbox stuff.”

On Monday’s episode with activist, academic, poet and writer, Helen Knott…

She recites a poem, Homeland 150 that is impactful and inspiring. There is no doubt that her words are powerful and her voice will not be stifled by colonialism, racism, or rhetoric.

For years there has been controversy over the development of BC Hydro’s Site C hydroelectric dam on the traditional lands of Treaty 8 First Nations. Helen Knott shares her fight to save her traditional territory against the Site C development in the Peace River Region surrounding Fort St. John, British Columbia.

She connects violence against the land and violence directed at Indigenous women in her poignant spoken word poetry, writing, and activism.

On today’s episode Helen shares her journey to becoming a writer and poet, how she became an activist, how it changed her, her political trips to Ottawa to advocate against Site C, her struggle with addiction starting at age 13 and how she healed with ceremony and traditional treatment.

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