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Francine Merasty Virtual Book Launch

Wednesday Sep 22 2021 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Zoom

Join Francine Merasty for the virtual launch of Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl is a poetry collection written during a period of trauma while the author was working as a statement taker and Counsel to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2017. This book portrays the author’s lived experience as an Indigenous woman raised on the Pelican Narrows Reserve in the 1980s, her memories of the wilderness, and her experiences as a residential school survivor. With this collection, the author seeks to teach and inform Canadians of her foundational truth, growing up as an Indigenous woman on the land in a remote area of Northern Saskatchewan.

Francine Merasty is a lawyer and a poet. She holds a BA and JD from the University of Saskatchewan. Francine began writing poetry while working for the National Inquiry into MMIWG as a way to release trauma. She has published in several magazines and will also be featured in the poetry anthology The Best American Poetry 2021, released in September. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Iskotew Iskwew

- by Francine Merasty

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Iskotew Iskwew/Fire Woman is a poetry collection written during a period of trauma while the author was working as a Counsel to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2017. This book is about memories and experience growing up on the Pelican Narrows Reserve in northern Saskatchewan in the 1980s: summers spent on the land and the pain of residential school. With this collection, the author wants to teach and inform Canadians of her experiences growing up as an Indigenous woman in Saskatchewan. She believes it is important to share her stories for others to read.