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Beverley McKiver

Beverley McKiver

Indigenous / Autochtone

Beverley McKiver was born in Kenora, Ontario and spent her formative years in Dryden, Ontario. She is a member of Lac Seul First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and has been a guest on Algonquin unceded territory in Ottawa for over 25 years.

She has polished her public speaking skills at Toastmasters International for over 15 years and has told stories at Ottawa Storytellers events. She wrote and performed two stories in “Voices from the Adoption Files” in March 2017 at the National Arts Centre Back Stage.

Beverley has shared her communications skills as a workshop leader with Ottawa Indigenous community groups, including Minwaashin Lodge, Odawa Native Friendship Centre, National Association of Friendship Centres and Nunavut Sivuniksavut.

Beverley is also a collaborative pianist and composer who crafts musical narratives. “Boozhoo Manoomin”, her suite of nine pieces for flute, piano and cello/viola, inspired by the manoomin (wild rice) harvest premiered in Toronto at the “Water is Life (But Many Can’t Drink It)” gathering in September 2017.

Her stories speak of recovering Indigenous knowledge lost in the aftermath of colonialist practices in Canada. Beverley believes that our understanding, relationships and health are strengthened through sharing our stories.

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