Michelle Sylliboy Book Launch & Reading – April 11

Michelle Sylliboy Book Launch & Reading

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm – FREE
Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
BMO Community Room, 2nd Floor
Books, Magazines & Subscriptions will be available for purchase

Kjipuktuk (Halifax) – Visual Arts News magazine presents Michelle Sylliboy’s Halifax launch of her new book of photography and Mi’kmaq (L’nuk) hieroglyphic poetry: Kiskajeyi – I Am Ready, in partnership with the Halifax Central Library and Rebel Mountain Press.

Join us at the Halifax Central Library’s 2nd floor BMO Community Room on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30-8:30pm for a Komqwej’wikasikl (Mi’kmaq hieroglyphic language) art performance by Sylliboy, in collaboration with musicians Lindsay Dobbin and Scott Macmillan. Kiskajeyi – I Am Ready will be available for sale alongside the Spring 2019 issue of Visual Arts News. This issue features an original commissioned work by Sylliboy – only 30 copies remaining.

Light refreshments will be provided at this free event. Wheelchair accessible and gender neutral washrooms. ASL interpretation available upon request, please contact us to make arrangements.


For over 13 thousand years, the Mi’kmaq (L’nuk) people maintained a complex language system. Hieroglyphics (Komqwejwi’kasikl) symbols dominated the landscape of the seven districts of the L’nuk Nation prior to colonization. My ancestors used the hieroglyphics as maps and to record tribal records. The photographs in this book are a recognition of land and how the Komqwejwi’kasikl language comes from the land. The importance of saving our water and our lands in the time of resource extraction is critical.

– Michelle Sylliboy

Michelle Sylliboy, a L’nuk (Mi’kmaq) artist/author, was raised on unceded territory in We’koqmaq Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She gathers much of her inspiration from personal tales, the environment, and her L’nuk culture. Sylliboy is a PhD candidate working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a L’nuk Komqwejwi’kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with L’nuk Elders.


For more information on this event, Michelle Sylliboy, Lindsay Dobbin, or Scott Macmillan please visit the Visual Arts News Website, or contact:

Becky Welter-Nolan
Publisher, Visual Arts News
Executive Director, Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
t: 902.423.4694 1.866.225.8267 f: 902.422.0881
director@visualarts.ns.ca www.visualartsnews.ca www.visualarts.ns.ca