Emilie Corbiere is a descendant from Walpole Island First Nation. At an
early age, Emilie was taught to be creative and at the age of five
began to learn the art of beadwork from her mother. She has gone on to
win awards for her beadwork and traditional craftwork. Creativity also
came in the form of writing for Emilie, who at the age of eight wrote
her first play and continued to write poetry and short stories for fun.
Raising a family with her husband in central Ontario has
proved to be the biggest joy in her life. With the children a little
older now, Emilie has had time to focus on writing and doing more of
it. In 2006, Emilie wrote Porcupine’s Bad Day (Red Road Publishing), an
aboriginal children’s storybook, based on the everyday activities of a
These stories are all written in part Ojibwe and part
English; each story has four new Ojibwe words for the children to
easily learn. The first book has been followed by Porcupine Goes to the
City and Porc and Beans and the newly released, Porcupine and the
Powwow (Aug 2012).
Besides the ever popular Porcupine series, Emilie has
written for Rubicon Publishing and their Turtle Island Voices series. A
short story of hers was published in late 2012, early 2013, entitled
Honouring Indigenous Women part ll and has written many articles for
the Anishinabek News, Windspeaker Magazine, The Voice of the Indigenous
in the US and Canadian Living Magazine.
In 2011, Emilie had recently shared a lunch and very
interesting conversation with the former Lieutenant Governor, Mr. James
K Bartleman. The two authors met in town of Goderich in Ontario, where
they were both to do readings from their recent works and formed an
Emilie also is involved with the
organization True North Aid, which is a registered charity in Ontario.
This wonderful charity collects food, clothes, books, medical supplies
and much more and delivers these items to the many remote reserves that
need them the most. For every Porcupine book sold, Emilie donates $1.00
to the cause.
During the school year, you will find Emilie visiting many
classrooms, speaking about aboriginal culture, from grade three to
Emilie will continue to write and be an advocate for aboriginal people in Canada for many years to come.