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Kenn Pitawanakwat

Kenn Pitawanakwat

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No parent should have to bury their child. Kenn Pitawanakwat lost his first born child to a snowmobile tragedy that left Kenn clawing for answers and meaning. Unable to find relevant indigenous cultural material, Kenn went on to publish his story in a memoir “When My Son Died.”  Kenn’s memoir is an open discourse into health and well-being. His child’s story is designed to elicit health, wellness, and to be shared with others. “My work is [not] done here” as his child said.  Kenn Pitawanakwat’s “When My Son Died” is a practicum Kenn applies to facilitate a safe, caring, and non-judgemental loving forum for grief expression.  Kenn Pitawanakwat guides and shares his story of recovery through Indigenous Grief Workshops, Healing Circles, and Individual Counselling.          

Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve


When My Son Died., 2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Length:
as needed
fiction,non-fiction, memoir, Indigenous, Ottawa Language/culture
1-12 baccalaureate, post baccalaureate - PH.d.
Audience Size:
any size

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