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Clarence Cachagee's Biography

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Whachay! We are writing a book about Clarence's journey and this beautiful community!

Our Story: Seth and Clarence met a few years back while working for non-profit organizations in downtown Kitchener. They immediately hit it off. Soon Clarence told Seth, an aspiring writer, that he would like to write down his story. Clarence grew up in the Region of Waterloo, raised by a Mennonite farming family. He was displaced as a child, his father a survivor of Canada's residential school system. After struggling with substance use for most of his life, Clarence began his healing journey by getting in touch with his Indigenous identity. 



What's it about? This story begins with Clarence's life growing up on the farm. In his teenage years he began to run away from home, searching for his identity. His story shows how a community can support a broken person by helping him or her find belonging and connectedness. By including excerpts from a government interview with his father, the story also illustrates how the legacy of colonialism continues to impact our community in Waterloo Region.


Where are we at? We secured grant money from Waterloo Region Arts Fund, and writing has now begun. We are raising money for the costs of publishing, such as copy-editing, marketing, designing, etc. We plan to have completed the manuscript by April and be printing the first copies by the summer of 2018.



This has always been a dream of Clarence's, to get a story out there that might help people on their own healing journeys. Your financial support will help get this impactful story to the public.

Thanks for contributing! Whachay!


Basic Budget:

Fees for artists: $8200.00
Fees for other personnel (editing, cover art, design, printing): $3700.00*
Travel: $400.00
Promotion: $1500.00

Total expenses: $13,800.00
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Watchay! We can't believe the support we've been getting. Thank you all for having faith in our work and helping us on this journey. Seth is writing full-time now (come say hi at Kitchener library). And we are planning our first speaking engagement at Rockway Mennonite church March 11 (during adult Sunday School, 9:45am). We're also planning a trip to North Bay to visit with Clarence's extended family and to conduct some research. Chapter one is nearly complete and we're in the process of looking for a publisher. Lastly, a template of our budget is going to be posted in our Gofundme. Check it out if you are interested in the breakdown.
Thanks again! Be well!
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Clarence in his element
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