Catherine Lafferty

Katlià (Catherine) Lafferty is the first female northern Dene novelist who specializes in intellectual property law with a focus on literary copyright to mitigate ongoing colonial cultural appropriation and Indigenous victimization in storytelling narratives. Her memoir Northern Wildflower (Fernwood/Roseway Publishing) published in 2018 was the top selling book in the Northwest Territories upon release and is used as a teaching tool in both secondary and post-secondary Indigenous studies across Turtle Island. Her recently released fictional novel Land-Water-Sky/Ndè-Ti-Yat'a (Fernwood/Roseway Publishing) was placed on the Scotia Bank Giller Prize Craving Canlit list and nominated for an Indigenous Voices Award.

Her feature full length film script North was selected by ReelWorld Emerging 20 (2020) whereby she was paired with Adam Garnet Jones, Lead of Indigenous Initiatives for Telefilm, as an industry mentor. Katlià was most recently employed as a part-time reporter for Indiginews an online media outlet partnered with Discourse and APTN on Vancouver Island. She is a bi-weekly columnist for Northern News Services and her freelance work has been published nationally and internationally.