Posted: Monday March 19, 2018
Kuei, My Friend: A Conversation on Racism and Reconciliation has arrived!
This is an engaging book of letters between Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine and Québécois-American novelist Deni Ellis Béchard. Within the contexts of the Idle No More movement, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the National Inquiry into Missing or Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls, the letters in Kuei, My Friend pose questions in a reciprocal manner:
- How can we coexist if our common history involves collective and personal episodes of shame, injury, and anger?
- How can we counteract misunderstandings of the Other, which so often lead to contempt and rejection?
- How can we educate non-Indigenous communities about the impact of cultural genocide on the First Peoples and the invisible privileges resulting from historical modes of domination?
A book for everyone, but with particular relevance to high-school-age readers, Kuei, My Friend is accompanied by a chronology of events, a glossary of relevant terms in the Innu-aimun language, and a detailed teacher’s guide that includes topics of discussion, questions, and suggested reflections for examination in a classroom setting.
(Kuei, My Friend will also appear in a Raven Reads box in the near future, so now might be a good time to subscribe to this new, reconciliation-oriented book club!)
Order your copy of Kuei, My Friend today!