Tina Fontaine and the Issue of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Canadians

Book review: Red River Girl, by Joanna Jolly (Amazon / Book Depository) “The wide, frozen snake of the Red River curved through the city’s landscape, a timeless witness to all that had gone before and all that would come.” BBC journalist Joanna Jolly learned of the murder of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old Indigenous girl from the Sagkeeng First Nation, when a colleague in her Washington, … Continue reading Tina Fontaine and the Issue of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Canadians

Memoir Essays of Abuse, Upbringing and Mental Illness from an Indigenous Voice

Book review: Heart Berries, by Terese Marie Mailhot I avoid the mysticism of my culture. My people know there is a true mechanism that runs through us. Stars were people in our continuum. Mountains were stories before they were mountains. Things were created by story. The words were conjurers, and ideas were our mothers. Terese Marie Mailhot is a woman of the First Nations in … Continue reading Memoir Essays of Abuse, Upbringing and Mental Illness from an Indigenous Voice

How a World Meets Its End

Book review: At the End of the World, by Lawrence Millman (Amazon / Book Depository) In the winter of 1941, when most of the world was concerned with the Second World War raging in Europe, a different drama was unfolding on the remote Belcher Islands of Canada’s Hudson Bay. In a religious frenzy, three Inuit became convinced that two of them were the reincarnations of … Continue reading How a World Meets Its End

On the Nova Scotia Streets

  Book review: Somebody’s Daughter, by Phonse Jessome (Amazon) A journalistic account of prostitution and trafficking out of Nova Scotia in the early ’90s, mostly centered on underage cases. The author tells detailed stories about how several of the women fell into prostitution and horribly damaging and senseless relationships with pimps, and these personal elements made a strong impact. The subject matter is compelling if confounding, … Continue reading On the Nova Scotia Streets