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A Novel

by Kat?? ,
April 18, 2024 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781773636573
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Nyla has an affinity to fire. A neglected teen in a small northern town--trying to escape a mother battling her own terrors--she is kicked out and struggles through life on the streets. Desperate for love, Nyla accidentally sets fire to her ex's building and is then incarcerated for arson. Through community-led diversion, Nyla finds herself on a reserve as their firekeeper. But when climate change-induced wildfires threaten her new home, she knows intimately how to fight back.

The fourth book from acclaimed writer Katl?à brings a Northern Indigenous perspective to the destructive effects of ongoing colonialism. Displaying Katl?à's enthralling storytelling style, Firekeeper is a coming-of-age tale that addresses intergenerational trauma by reclaiming culture, belonging and identity.

Join Nyla on her healing journey through the fire to sacred waters.

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About this Author

Katl?à is a northern Dene novelist specializing in intellectual property law with a focus on mitigating cultural appropriation and creating empowering Indigenous storytelling narratives. Katlià's northern homeland and matrilineal lineage inform her storytelling. She is the author of novels This House Is Not a Home and Land-Water-Sky / Ndè-T?-Yat'a and a memoir, Northern Wildflower, written as Catherine Lafferty. Katlià is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation from Somba K'e (Yellowknife), Northwest Territories. She currently splits her time between her northern homeland and the occupied and unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples in l?k????n territory, where she graduated from the University of Victoria with the double law degree Juris Indigenarum Doctor and Juris Doctor. Katlià is the co-chair of the National Indigenous Housing Network and the Women's National Housing and Homelessness Network and is working on a constitutional charter rights court challenge for Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people for right to adequate housing.

ISBN: 9781773636573
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 176
Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
Published: 2024-04-18


"Written with searing truth and genuine heart, breathtaking at times in its description of life, living, dying and death - Firekeeper is a loving testament to the power of kindness and of gentleness. Piercing and honest, with an eye for detail in chaos, the writing and voice are humble and humbling. This is Katl?a's best work to date."

"Katl?à's Firekeeper is an enchanting page-turner of a novel that captured my heart from start to finish. It's an essential story about finding spirit, family, and home, told through one of the strongest and most authentic protagonists I've ever read. I felt like I was right there with Nyla through all her tragedies and triumphs, which is testament to Katl?à's smooth and heartfelt prose. This book is a celebration of the resilient spirit and leadership of Indigenous women."

"Katl?à is a gifted writer who has crafted a compelling coming-of-age story filled with surprise, courage, and love. A hardscrabble journey that follows a young Indigenous woman prevailing from the ashes, Firekeeper is gripping, touching, and profound."

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