Kat Norris is a Salish poet, writer, social activist and public educator. Born in British Columbia, Kat grew up in California before returning to BC when she was 19. Soon after moving back, Kat joined the American Indian Movement. Her first poem was published in the Indian World, a magazine published by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. She has contributed poetry to the Salish Seas Anthology. Her poems appear in the Prayers to the Four Directions an online initiative dedicated to recovering the spirituality of First Nations communities after the devastation brought by organized religion and Indian Residential Schools. Kat has presented readings at Rhizome Cafe and UBC’s coffeehouse events.
As a public educator, Kat has spoke on the impact of colonization and Indian Residential Schools for classes and student unions at UBC, SFU and Langara College, and is the founder and spokesperson for the Indigenous Action Movement, an active group which takes action and acts as a voice against injustice. Kat had previously worked as a support worker for First Nations youth on local schoolboards and has a background in family counselling and in broadcasting and theatre.
Kat Norris joined Spice Radio for an in-depth talk about his experience. Listen to the full interview below: