Our Elders and Authors

Phyllis Webstad (Author):


Culture: Secwepemc and Irish/French

Home Base: William’s Lake , BC

Website: www.orangeshirtbook.com


Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage. She was born in Dog Creek and lives in Williams Lake, BC, Canada.



In 2018 Phyllis Webstad launched her children's book called "The Orange Shirt Story" to share her story in her own words. The Orange shirt story tells the story of young Phyllis having her orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school and never to see it again. A simple orange shirt has become a conversation starter for all aspects of residential school across Canada and beyond. Phyllis has inspired thousands and thousands of people to honor residential school survivors and their families and share the call on September 30th of each year that "EVERY CHILD MATTERS." Phyllis is well respected for her work, her courage and for striving to heal our communities and Nations through speaking her truth.

To see all of Phyllis Webstad's Books:

Phyllis Webstad is available for visits to school across Canada.

Theresa “Corky” Larsen-Jonasson (Elder/Author):


Culture: Cree/Danish/Metis

Home Base: Red Deer, Alberta


Corky is a proud Cree/Danish Metis Elder with roots in Red Deer and Maskwacis First Nations. She lives her life according to the traditional indigenous teachings that saved her life. These teachings flow from her parents, her 93-year-old Kokom, Christine Joseph of Cochrane, aunties, uncles, as well as from the Goodstrikers, Williams and John Crier families, all of whom she loves immensely.

Theresa “Corky” Larsen-Jonasson (photo)
Theresa “Corky” Larsen-Jonasson's book (image)

Theresa "Corky" Larsen-Jonasson author of the Sharing Circle is an Elder, as identified by her community, with roots in Red Deer and Maskwacis First Nations. She lives her life according to the traditional Indigenous teachings that saved her life. Corky serves as a member of the National Collective of the Walking With Our Sisters missing and murdered indigenous women awareness movement and a proud member of Red Deer's Red Feather Women. She is also a member of the Urban Aboriginal Voices Women's Council and Red Deer Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Network.

To see all of Theresa “Corky” Larsen-Jonasson's Books:

 Theresa “Corky” Larsen-Jonasson is available for visits to school Red Deer, Calgary and Edmonton.

Kevin Locke (Elder/Author):


Culture: Lakota and Anishinabe

Home Base: Wakapala, South Dakota

Website: www.kevinlocke.com


Kevin Locke is a world-renowned Hoop Dancer, distinguished indigenous Northern Plains flutist, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, and educator. Kevin is Lakota (from the Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Sioux), and Anishinabe. His Lakota name is Tokeya Inajin, meaning “First to Arise.” Kevin Locke presents and performs at hundreds of performing arts centers, festivals, schools, universities, conferences, state and national parks, monuments, historic sites, powwows, and reservations every year. Approximately eighty percent of these are shared with children. Kevin is a dance and musical hero and role model for youth around the world. His special joy is working with children on reservations to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.



Kevin Locke (photo)
Kevin Locke Performance (image)
Kevin Locke's book (image)

Kevin Locke's school programs include:


30- to 90- minute assembly performances


Hoop Dance with student participation Storytelling and Indian sign language Indigenous flute presentation


Flute workshops and student performances

To see all of Kevin Locke's Books:

 Kevin Locke is available for visits across Canada & USA.

Ḵung Jaadee (Author):


Culture: Haida

Home Base: Haida Gwaii

Website: www.sharkhouse.ca


Ḵung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) is a traditional Haida storyteller, singer and drummer from Haida Gwaii in Northern British Columbia. She teaches Xaad Kil/Haida language and culture five days a week. For more than 24 years, she has delighted audiences across Canada at festivals, schools, museums, aboriginal celebrations and conferences. Kung Jaadee loves singing her traditional Haida songs, drumming, laughing, baking and learning her language. Her name was presented to her at her great uncle’s memorial feast by her cousin, Crystal Robinson, and means ‘Moon Woman’.



Kung Jaadee (photo)
Kung Jaadee Performance (image)
Kung Jaadee's book (image)

Ḵung Jaadee is a traditional Haida singer, drummer, and storyteller and one of Canada's leading aboriginal performers. She has performed at venues all over Canada including theatres, schools,
universities, museums, libraries, conferences, festivals, community groups, and traditional feasts.

ung Jaadee also gives workshops on topics related to storytelling, aboriginal culture, youth
empowerment, and healing.

To see all of Ḵung Jaadee's Books:

Ḵung Jaadee is available for visits across Canada.

Trudy Spiller (Author):


Culture: Gitxsan Nation

Home Base: Victoria, BC


Trudy is part of the Gitxsan Nation in British Columbia and belongs to the House of Gwininitxw of the Wolf Clan. Trudy’s traditional name, Lugaganowals, means a frog that is always leaning or giving. Trudy and her siblings were brought up to believe that children are like flowers. Today, she helps families to grow and flourish by sharing her knowledge of First Nation medicine, food, dress, and practices. By sharing her stories, Trudy makes knowledge keepers of us all.



Trudy Spiller (photo)
Trudy Spiller Book (image)

Trudy Spiller (Victoria, B.C.) is the authors of Trudy's Rock Story is a beautiful story teaching emotional intelligence, connection with Elders, and drawing on Mother Nature's many gifts. It gives teachers and students a practical and helpful way to process difficult emotions while connecting with Nature.


When Trudy visits your school she will present her book and encourage students to connect with the culture. Trudy will offer four, 60-minute workshops comprising of up to 25 students each.


She will present traditional furs and food (wolf, rabbit, beaver, etc.) She can talk about traditional medicines found in nature while involving the students. Each student will have the opportunity to make a natural Polysporin to take home. Trudy can also read her book and gift rocks to the students, all while wearing traditional clothing.

To see all of Trudy Spiller's Books:

Trudy Spiller is available for visits Victoria, BC and surrounding area.

David Bouchard (Author):


Culture: Métis

Home Base: Victoria, BC

Website: www.davidbouchard.com


Métis raconteur David Bouchard is Canada’s most sought after public speaker. Based in Victoria but Saskatchewan born and raised, David speaks to audiences the world over in both English and French.



David Bouchard (photo)
David Bouchard Performance (image)
David Bouchard book (image)

David’s gift is storytelling. Through stories and Native flutes, he teaches and inspires students, parents and educators alike. Over the past 15 years, he has captivated and enlightened over a million people the world over; from India to China…from the U.K. to Texas…from Newfoundland to the Northwest Territories.

To see all of David Bouchard's Books:

David Bouchard is available for visits across Canada.

Teddy Anderson (Author):


Culture: Teddy Anderson was given special cultural permission to learn, teach and share the hoop dance by ceremony of tobacco when at the Red Deer Aboriginal Dance Troupe. Teddy had special training with Lakota Hoop dancer Kevin Locke.

Home Base: Victoria, BC

Website: www.teddyanderson.com



Teddy Anderson (photo)
Teddy Anderson book (image)

Teddy Anderson is an internationally recognized hoop dancer who has performed in thousands of places around the world. He has brought his motivational message of love and unity to more than 20 countries, inspiring children and youth everywhere to see themselves as members of one human family. Teddy received special permission to learn the hoop dance and share his message with the people of the world. Teddy’s rich cultural experience, combined with his passion for the arts makes him unique in delivering the message of unity and inclusion.

To see all of Teddy Anderson's Books:

Teddy Anderson is available for visits across Canada.