I'm Finding My Talk

A picture book by Rebecca Thomas and Pauline Young.

Rebecca Thomas, illustrated by Pauline Young

I'm finding my talk
And it may take some time,
But I'm learning to speak
In a language that's mine.

A response to Rita Joe's iconic poem I Lost My Talk, and published simultaneously with the new children's book edition illustrated by Pauline Young, comes a companion picture book by award-winning spoken-word artist and Mi'kmaw activist Rebecca Thomas. A second-generation residential school survivor, Thomas writes this response poem openly and honestly, reflecting on the process of working through the destructive effects of colonialism.

From sewing regalia to dancing at powow to learning traditional language, I'm Finding My Talk is about rediscovering community and finding culture. Features stunning, vibrant illustrations by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young. (From Nimbus Publishing)

Interviews with Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas is Halifax's poet laureate and a Mi'kmaq activist. She's spoken out about a statue of Edward Cornwallis that stands in the heart of downtown Halifax. 8:45
Growing up, Rebecca Thomas always knew her father was Mi'kmaw. But as a child it wasn’t clear what that meant for her - she saw a disconnect between his identity and her own. Thomas describes her journey to understanding her own sense of being Mi'kmaw. 8:41


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