About the Author

Edmund Metatawabin

Dr. Edmund Metatawabin, is a former First Nations chief and writer, whose 2014 memoir Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction in 2014. Edmund received the Order of Canada in 2018. He resides in Fort Albany, Ont.

Books by this Author
Up Ghost River

Up Ghost River

A Chief's Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History
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In Our Own Aboriginal Voice 2

In Our Own Aboriginal Voice 2

A collection of Indigenous authors & artists in Canada
edited by Michael Calvert
introduction by Edmund Metatawabin
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The Aboriginal Identity, by Jeremy Ratt

Being raised in alienation of your own culture is a very strange experience, to say the least, and the coming together of many individuals to celebrate their culture's history was something I could never feel truly ingrained with. There was a sense of dissociation throughout my childhood, where I found myself in a position that belonged to neither side, but somewhere in the middle. And with more and more birthday candles being placed on the cake, I developed an askew perspective of my own people and the people around my people.

New Ways, by Connie Fife

now as a grown woman
I have passed through the brief solitudes
brought on by the changing of another season

the slow movement of shifting colours
and the loping arrival of winter
your absence has been replaced
by the warmth of full bellied poems
who have slept nestled against my spine
their tongues peeling back on old skin

I am trying to find new ways to live
original means by which to feel alive
the breathing in and out of a
politic by which to free a heart
that the stars have already caught in their throats.

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