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It's Like the Legend

Innu Women's Voices

edited by Nympha Bryne & Camille Fouillard

Three O'Clock Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2000
Native American
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2000
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  • Grade: 12


It's Like the Legend is a unique collection of writings from 28 Innu women from Labrador. Woven throughout the memoirs, legends, poetry, essays, speeches and testimonies is an unwavering respect for the sanctity of the land. When NATO began carrying out low-level flight testing over Innu land, Innu women played a significant role in organizing acts of civil disobedience which brought the world's attention to their plight. Innu women continue to take a leadership role in protecting their land and their traditional way of life; some have been imprisoned for their acts of resistance.

About the authors

Nympha Bryne's profile page

Camille Fouillard grew up in St. Lazare, Manitoba, on Treaty 2 lands. She has worked and collaborated with the Labrador Innu for forty years on storytelling and books, protests and activism, facilitation, land rights, social health and education. She served as editor for Gathering Voices-Mamunitau Staianimuanu: The Davis Inlet People's Inquiry (Douglas and McIntyre) and co-edited It's Like the Legend: Innu Women's Voices (Gynergy). She is a winner of the Larry Jackson Writers' Award, as well Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters and Writers' Union of Canada competitions. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland. This is her first novel.

Camille Fouillard's profile page

Librarian Reviews

It’s Like the Legend: Innu Women’s Voices

Twenty-eight women contributed stories to create this first book of Innu stories by Innu women from Labrador. The compilation includes memoirs, legends, journals, poetry, essays, speeches and testimonies. The tales tell of life before and after Innu community settlement, of education, civil disobedience, addiction treatment services in the healing movement, and of modern encroachments on Innu land such as nickel mining, clear-cutting of forests and hydroelectric development. The editors hope the book “will serve as a bridge between the Innu and the outside world”.

Byrne is a Mushuau Innu from Utshimassits and Fouillard is a French-Canadian woman who lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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