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Niigaan Sinclair Book Launch

Thursday May 30 2024 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming on YouTube
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Join Niigaan Sinclair for the launch of Wînipêk: Visions of Canada from an Indigenous Centre (McClelland & Stewart). Featuring a conversation hosted by Shelagh Rogers followed by a book signing.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream.

Niigaan Sinclair has been called provocative, revolutionary, and one of this country's most influential thinkers on the issues impacting Indigenous cultures, communities, and reconciliation in Canada. In his debut collection of stories, observations, and thoughts about Winnipeg, the place he calls "ground zero" of Canada's future, read about the complex history and contributions of this place alongside the radical solutions to injustice and violence found here, presenting solutions for a country that has forgotten principles of treaty and inclusivity. It is here, in the place where Canada began—where the land, water, people, and animals meet— that a path "from the centre" is happening for all to see.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Book of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (HighWater Press) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press. Niigan obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native- and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.

Host Shelagh Rogers is a long-time broadcast-journalist, who made a home at CBC Radio for 4 decades. From 2008 to 2023, she was host and co-producer of The Next Chapter, devoted to writing in Canada. She even got to interview Niigaan Sinclair, in 2011, about the explosion of Indigenous writing being published... and this was before the tsunami that was to come and keep coming! Last June, she stepped down from CBC Radio to pursue adventures of her own devising, including moving to Winnipeg, a place where she has deep roots on her Metis father’s side. In 2011, she was named an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was there she connected with The Honourable Murray Sinclair, and learned that they were, in fact, cousins sharing a common ancestor whose biography, Nahoway: A Distant Voice, is available in this very store! Niigan Sinclair is also a cousin and Shelagh could not be more delighted to be interviewing Niigaan for the launch of Winipek: Visions of Canada from an Indigenous Centre. She is ecstatic to be back at McNally Robinson for this wonderful occasion.

See:

Wînipêk

- Niigaan Sinclair

Hardcover $36.00
Reader Reward Price: $32.40


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From ground zero of this country's most important project: reconciliation

Niigaan Sinclair has been called provocative, revolutionary, and one of this country's most influential thinkers on the issues impacting Indigenous cultures, communities, and reconciliation in Canada. In his debut collection of stories, observations, and thoughts about Winnipeg, the place he calls "ground zero" of Canada's future, read about the complex history and contributions of this place alongside the radical solutions to injustice and violence found here, presenting solutions for a country that has forgotten principles of treaty and inclusivity. It is here, in the place where Canada began--where the land, water, people, and animals meet-- that a path "from the centre" is happening for all to see.


At a crucial and fragile moment in Canada's long history with Indigenous peoples, one of our most essential writers begins at the centre, capturing a web spanning centuries of community, art, and resistance. 

Based on years' worth of columns, Niigaan Sinclair delivers a defining essay collection on the resilience of Indigenous peoples. Here, we meet the creators, leaders, and everyday people preserving the beauty of their heritage one day at a time. But we also meet the ugliest side of colonialism, the Indian Act, and the communities who suffer most from its atrocities. 

Sinclair uses the story of Winnipeg to illuminate the reality of Indigenous life all over what is called Canada. This is a book that demands change and celebrates those fighting for it, that reminds us of what must be reconciled and holds accountable those who must do the work. It's a book that reminds us of the power that comes from loving a place, even as that place is violently taken away from you, and the magic of fighting your way back to it.