A powerful, raw and eloquent memoir about the abuse former First
Nations chief Edmund Metatawabin endured in residential school in
1960s, the resulting trauma, and the spirit he rediscovered within himself
and his community through traditional spirituality and knowledge.Foreword by Joseph Boyden.
EDMUND METATAWABIN, former Chief of Fort Albany First Nation, is a Cree writer, educator and activist. A residential school survivor, he has devoted himself to righting the wrongs of the past, and educating Native youth in traditional knowledge. Metatawabin now lives in his self-made log house in Fort Albany, Ontario, off the reserve boundary, on land he refers to as my "Grandfathers' Land." He owns a local sawmill and also works as a consultant, speaker and researcher. ALEXANDRA SHIMO is a former radio producer for the CBC and former editor at Maclean's. An award-winning journalist, she is the author of The Environment Equation, which was published in 12countries. She lives in Toronto.
Praise for Up Ghost River:
Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction
"Up Ghost River is a heart song, a love song to a very special people and place, to a geography and a culture that are a foundation of who we are as a nation." Joseph Boyden, from his foreword
"Searing new memoir." Toronto Star
"This aptly titled, well-crafted book is an especially poignant reminder of the harm [residential schools] caused.... A memoir containing a polemic wrapped in native history." Winnipeg Free Press