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I hid in the world and sang,
  And I sang so loud and long

That all the ages rang
  With the music of my song

- by Frederick George Scott


EMILY PAULINE JOHNSON (1861-1913)  by Kemisha Newman and Sara Jamieson

One of the most famous Canadian writers of all time, Emily Pauline Johnson was born on the Six Nations Reserve in the Grand River valley, close to Brantford, Ontario. Her father, Chief George Johnson, was one of a line of hereditary chiefs who had distinguished themselves in fighting for the British in the American Revolution and the War of 1812; her mother, Emily Howells, was an Englishwoman whose father was a prominent abolitionist in the United States, and whose cousin, William Dean Howells, was the editor of the prestigious Harper’s magazine. From her parents, Johnson learned to value both sides of her ancestry: her mother introduced her to the classics of English and American literature, while her father and grandfather, themselves ardent British loyalists, also instilled in her a profound pride in her Mohawk heritage by telling stories of their ancestors.

FREDERICK GEORGE SCOTT (1861-1944) by  Patricia Life

Frederick George Scott is often known as “the poet of the Laurentians” since he did much of his writing in this region of Quebec. His work provides a sensitive record of the natural world and civilization’s intrusion into it. Over the course of a lengthy writing career, Scott addressed numerous themes; nature, religion, love, death, and empire were among the most prevalent. Particularly during World War I, he wrote patriotic and imperial poems. Scott is recognized as a significant early interpreter of Canada, and is one of the secondary members of the Confederation Group, which included Roberts, Carman and Lampman.