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, she joined the American Indian Movement. Her first poem was published in the Indian World, a magazine put together by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. 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 also presented readings at Rhizome Cafe and UBC’s coffeehouse events.
As a public educator, Kat has spoken on the impact of colonization and Indian Residential Schools to classes and student unions at UBC, SFU and Langara College. She is also the founder and spokesperson for the Indigenous Action Movement, a group which takes action against injustice. Kat holds a background in family counselling, broadcasting, and theatre.
Kat Norris joined Spice Radio for an in-depth talk about her experience. Listen to the full interview below: