Suzanne Methot is the author of the non-fiction book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (ECW Press, 2019), co-author of the Grade 11 textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations (Goodminds/Pearson Canada, 2011), and a contributor to Scholastic’s Take Action series of elementary classroom resource books. She is a social historian and speaker on pedagogy, Indigenous approaches to health and wellness, trauma- and healing-informed practice, and decolonization. Suzanne also works as an editor, curriculum writer, and program developer for the education, health care, and museum sectors, where her work often includes facilitating change-making sessions for staff teams and program participants.
Suzanne has 30 years of experience creating and applying equity and anti-oppression frameworks, beginning as an adult literacy and skills training practitioner (since 1991) and then as an elementary classroom teacher specializing in social justice education (since 2007). She 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.
Suzanne was principal editor for Ningwakwe Learning Press for over a decade, creating Indigenous culture-based literacy resources. She also worked in school programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she facilitated gallery and studio activities for students from K-12. 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 Durham College’s Faculty of Journalism and Mass Media 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 Indigenous Journalism program at the First Nations Technical Institute at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She has also been a guest speaker, presenter, and panel moderator at Rotman i-Think, the Loft Literary Centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Shkaabe Makwa Gathering, Concordia University, the Tamarack Institute, Columbia University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, the Hot Docs Film Festival teacher professional development conference, and the Halton District School Board’s 2018 Human Rights Symposium. Suzanne has also appeared on CBC Radio One, KALW San Francisco, and ELMNT FM.
Suzanne’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been published in several 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. She was managing editor of Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly; editorial director of FUSE (a quarterly art magazine); in-house copy editor/proofreader for a weekly newspaper (NOW Toronto); in-house copy editor/proofreader for a monthly tech magazine (Vancouver/Toronto/Ottawa Computes); editor of a monthly community newspaper (Anishinabek News); editor/proofreader at Carswell (now Thomson Reuters) in the Business Reference Group; and has also worked as a freelance editor for book publishers, art galleries, and non-profit organizations.
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 Asiniwachi Nehiyaw (Rocky Mountain Cree) 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, near Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Suzanne is currently working on several books for children and young people, and a novel set in northern Alberta. She also manages The Legacy Project website, which offers information and resources on intergenerational trauma and healing-informed practice. Suzanne is represented by Stephanie Sinclair of CookeMcDermid Literary Management.