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Howard Adler

Howard Adler

Ottawa, ON
Lac des Mille Lac First Nation

“My advice for young, Indigenous artists and writers is to keep working at it, and the stories that you have to tell, and the perspectives that you have to give are so important. And you are the only ones that can do it with the skill and voice that you have.”

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Hello, my name is Howard Adler, and I’m the author of Johnny Seven Fires, which won the 2009 Aboriginal Arts and Writing Challenge.

The first thing I learned was that I can do things that are good, and that people appreciate, and that the things that I write, and the things that I have to say through my writing, are important. To have something I did being recognized as being something that’s really well done, it’s a huge push to your confidence, in your writing, and your art that you do. And I can’t say how much that affected me in my own art that I make.

When I was writing this story, I was always envisioning it as being a film, as being a dramatic, short film.

I’ve actually been working as a freelance videographer and video editor. I also run a film festival in Ottawa called Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival.

My advice for young, Indigenous artists and writers is to keep working at it, and the stories that you have to tell, and the perspectives that you have to give are so important. And you are the only ones that can do it with the skill and voice that you have.

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