Indigenous Artist and Writer-in-Residence

Indigenous Artist-in-Residence

The KPU Faculty of Arts Welcomes Napatsi Folger, Indigenous Artist and Writer-in-Residence. Napatsi is available for in-class visits, events, as well as student, faculty, and staff engagement. If you would like to schedule an online consultation or invite her to attend a class or event, please email 

Press Release

Napatsi Folger

Napatsi_Folger_Headshot.jpgNapatsi Folger is an Inuk artist and writer originally from Iqaluit, Nunavut, currently living and working in North Vancouver, BC. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2021 with an MFA in Creative Writing with a focus in graphic forms and fiction. Her published works include numerous magazine articles and academic essays, as well as Joy of Apex (Inhabit Media, 2011), a middle-grade YA book about growing up in the Arctic.

What she loves best about writing is telling stories that her people can relate to because she did not see herself in literature until she was 19 years old and read a book about an Indigenous teenager for a first-year English course. Folger has since shifted her creative focus to comics, which she feels is a versatile medium to tell stories. Folger also holds the Tauttunnguaqti position at the Inuit Art Foundation, where she is in charge of the creative vision for the Inuit Art Quarterly.



Drop-In Consultations

Meet with Napatsi Folger to share and discuss your ongoing work, initiatives or projects. Consultations are open to all students, staff, and faculty. Drop-in sessions occur evert Tuesday from 11:00am - 3:00pm at The Gathering Place at the KPU Surrey campus. If you want to meet at a different time, you can schedule an appointment by emailing

When: Every Tuesday

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: The Gathering Place, KPU Surrey, Main 166

Current Events

Shut up and Write with Napatsi Folger

An invitation to bring your homework, poetry, screenplay, sketch book, or fan fic and write together with Indigenous Artist and Writer-in-Residence, Napatsi Folger and other folks who need a bit of community and motivation. Casual drop-ins are welcome, and people from all backgrounds and positions within the university are encouraged to join!

When: Every Friday until March 29, 2024

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Where: The Gathering Place (Main 166) or Online Teams Session (Link Here)

Sessions will be held virtually over Teams and in person. Use the link above for any virtual Team Session! Everyone is welcome! People from all backgrounds and positions within the University are encouraged to join!

View event invite on social media

Past Events

Holiday Beading

Join Indigenous Writer and Artist in Residence, Napatsi Folger on December 1 at The Gather Place to learn some simple brick stitch beadwork. Brick Stitch is a bead weaving stitch in which individual beads are stacked horizontally in the same pattern as bricks are stacked in a wall.

Learn how to make fringe earrings or holiday pins! Supplies and snacks will be provided. All are welcome!

When: Friday, December 1

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: The Gathering Place, KPU Surrey, Main 166

View event invite on social media

Meet and Greet with Napatsi Folger

Napatsi is known for her creative writing in genres of comic art, fiction, and nonfiction, with themes of Indigeneity and family relationships prominent in her writing.

Everyone is invited to come by The Gathering Place to meet and chat with Napatsi. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Tuesday, October 3

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: The Gathering Place, KPU Surrey, Main 166

View event invite on social media

Spooky Halloween Readings with Napatsi Folger

It's time to get spooky! Grab your ghoul friends and get ready to be spooked with some scary and spooky Halloween stories! Let's go on a thrilling Halloween reading adventure with our Indigenous Artist and Writer in Residence, Napatsi Folger, and make this an unforgettable Halloween. Listen to some tales of fright, read from your own haunted writings or an eerie book excerpt of your choice! Plus, there will be Halloween treats! Everyone is welcome!

When: Tuesday, October 31

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: A1780, Library SW back corner

If you wish to read a spooky, scary, or suspenseful Halloween story, please inform us by emailing in advance. Readings must be 5 minutes or 2000 words or less.

View event invite on social media