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, health care, environmental, and arts and culture sectors, 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, curriculum writer, and in program development for the education and arts and culture sectors.
Suzanne has worked as an adult literacy and skills training practitioner since 1991, and as an elementary classroom teacher since 2007. For over a decade, she was principal editor for Ningwakwe Learning Press, creating Indigenous culture-based literacy resources. She was also an Education Officer for school programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she facilitated gallery and studio activities for students from K-12. Suzanne has also worked in advocacy and direct–service positions at Indigenous organizations since 1992, serving community members who are marginalized by racism, poverty, homelessness, health status, addictions, mental-health challenges, crime, and victimization. From 2014 to 2019, she was an appointee to the Royal Ontario Museum’s Indigenous Advisory Circle, assisting the ROM Learning Department in building authentic and sustainable relationships with Indigenous communities. Suzanne also served on the Program Advisory Committee for the Durham College Journalism/Mass Media program from 2016-2019.
Suzanne has lectured on Indigenous literatures at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education, and was a guest lecturer in the Journalism program at the First Nations Technical Institute at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She has also been a guest speaker/presenter and panel moderator for the Tamarack Institute, Toronto Reference Library, Ryerson University, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto, the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Hot Docs Film Festival teacher professional development conference, and the Halton District School Board’s 2018 Human Rights Symposium. In 2016, Suzanne was featured in a CBC Radio One documentary on National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Suzanne’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been published in various anthologies, and her feature articles, guest columns, and 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.
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 a Nehiyaw iskwêw/ayahkwêw of mixed Indigenous and European heritage. She lived for 29 years in Wendat–Haudenosaunee–Anishinabeg territory in Toronto, and now makes her home on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw Nation in British Columbia.
Suzanne is currently working on a series of children’s books and on a novel set in northern Alberta. She is represented by Stephanie Sinclair of the Transatlantic Agency.