Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl

by JaneFairburn on July 22, 2021

Hello all,

I’d like to share news about the recent publication of a Cree poetry collection, written by lawyer Francine Merasty, and published by BookLand Press. I was honoured to write the Foreword to the book.

Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl illuminates Francine’s lived experience in this extraordinary project we call Canada/Kanata — her life at the Pelican Narrows Reserve in the 1980s, her memories of her close and loving family, together in the wilderness, and her experiences as a residential school survivor.

Francine Merasty, July 2021

I’m just back from Saskatchewan, where Francine, her Uncle Wil and I celebrated the publication, and continued our own journey of reconciliation. Check out the CBC television interview we did on July 18th, 2021 that brings voice to our journey!

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