Rebecca Thomas happens to be good enough at poetry and persuasion to get people to listen, but her ultimate goal is to make Canada a better place for her Indigenous community, since so many people tend to forget they were here first.
In the past, Rebecca has accidentally found herself as the Poet Laureate of Halifax. She has performed with a Tribe Called Red and has spoken and lectured at conferences and coffee houses from coast to coast. She writes kids books about growing up the child of a residential school survivor. She has written for the CBC, the Washington Post, and Bon Appétit Magazine but has yet to make a chapbook (another name for a short book of poetry).
She collaborated with composer Laura Sgroi to bring together a three-poem story and full orchestral score which had its debut with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in the spring of 2019. Her first book I'm Finding My Talk was shortlisted for the First Nations Community Reads Award. Her most recent collection of poetry called I place you into the fire was listed as one of CBC's top twenty books of 2020.
Rebecca pays her bills by helping students who are overwhelmed with life and studies as a Student Services Advisor at the Nova Scotia Community College. Rebecca is an avid runner, hiker, and overall outdoorsy person. She spends time learning the land through gathering and fishing. She also feels real uncomfortable writing bios about herself. She's done some other things here and there but has reached her tolerance for hearing off her accomplishments listed off.