Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He had the great privilege of growing up in two languages, Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of the neighbouring “nation,” a people with whom they roamed and hunted.

A playwright, author, musician, and multilingual speaker, Tomson Highway will entertain, enlighten and inspire attendees, reminding us of the necessity of “spectacular joy,” humour, music and beauty in life as we Rise Up! to build a movement.