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Iskotew Iskwew: kiwetinok iskonikani iskwesis omasinahikan

by Francine Merasty
translated by John Martial Merasty

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non-classifiable, native american, women authors
list price: $16.92
published: 2022
publisher: Bookland Press

This is a poetry collection written during a period of trauma while the author was working as a Counsel to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2017. This book is about memories and experience growing up on the Pelican Narrows Reserve in northern Saskatchewan in the 1980s: summers spent on the land and the pain of residential school. With this collection, the author wants to teach and inform Canadians of her experiences growing up as an Indigenous woman in Saskatchewan. She believes it is important to share her stories for others to read.

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"This collection provides a valuable insight into the life and times of a young Cree woman from northern Saskatchewan, her aches and pains, her nostalgia for the old way of life on the land, love for her family and her people, her dreams for the future. So it is, in the end, an important document for our country's literary history. Bravo." -- Tomson Highwway

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About the Authors

Francine Merasty

Francine Merasty is a Nehithaw Iskwew, Opawikoschikanek ochi, a reserve in Northern Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and a fluent Cree speaker. She began writing poetry in the winter of 2017 while working for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as both a Statement Taker and Legal Counsel. She currently works for the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan. She is a winner of the 2019 Indigenous Voices Awards. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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John Martial Merasty

John Martial Merasty was born in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan in 1952. He is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. John attended the Guy Hill Indian Residential School from 1959 to 1967. He is knowledgeable in the Cree language, written and spoken. His skill in Cree Syllabics was encouraged by his mother Jane Merasty (Colomb). John has translated for several publications and teaches Cree to whoever is interested. To John language is identity.

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