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Stephen Kakfwi’s new memoir traces path from residential school to N.W.T. premier’s office – CBC

Apr 13, 2023

Kakfwi wrote book because ‘I thought I had an interesting life, meeting a lot of interesting people’

Former N.W.T. premier Stephen Kakfwi says he wrote his new memoir after a sexual harassment lawsuit upended his life and left him with little else to do.

“There was no more work for me, so I wrote a book,” said Kakfwi, whose book Stoneface: A Defiant Dene, was published in March.

“Out of all that pain and misery, I got to get time to write a book and I feel good about that.”

Kakfwi was an MLA for 16 years and was one of the territory’s longest-serving cabinet ministers. He served as N.W.T. premier for three of those years, from 2000 to 2003. He was a central figure in the rise of the Dene Nation, and is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. Over the years he’s also served as an advisor or board member for many organizations. Then, in 2021, he was named in a lawsuit relating to his work with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

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