Author Eden Robinson Feels Duped by Filmmaker

Kathy Brookes / Canadian Press
12/22/2020

Eden Robinson says she's embarrassed and feels like a "dupe".

The award-winning Haisla author says she is angry and disappointed about revelations by a CBC investigation of the co-creator and director of the TV adaptation of Robinson's "Trickster" novels.

Michelle Latimer has been praised in the context of being a voice for Indigenous creators, but the investigation raised concerns about her claims of Indigenous ancestry. 

Latimer has now resigned from the second season of the "Trickster" series.

"Trickster" was pitched as a Canadian series made by an Indigenous cast and crew.

In a Facebook post Monday, Robinson said she loves Kitamaat Village and is proud to be Haisla and asks her community to keep holding her to account.  

Robinson also said she will donate all further author royalties from the "Trickster" series to the Haisla Language Authority to help preserve the Haisla language.

Along with the success of "Trickster", Latimer has won awards for her documentary "Inconvenient Indian".

Today, the National Film Board announced it is pulling that film from distribution and the Sundance Film Festival. 

Latimer had previously said she was of Algonquin, Metis, and French heritage, from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Maniwaki area in Quebec, but the CBC investigation last week challenged those claims.

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