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In My Own Moccasins

In My Own Moccasins is a memoir by Helen Knott.

Helen Knott

Helen Knott, a highly accomplished Indigenous woman, seems to have it all. But in her memoir, she offers a different perspective. In My Own Moccasins is an unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma and the wounds brought on by sexual violence. It is also the story of sisterhood, the power of ceremony, the love of family and the possibility of redemption.

With gripping moments of withdrawal, times of spiritual awareness, and historical insights going back to the signing of Treaty 8 by her great-great grandfather, Chief Bigfoot, her journey exposes the legacy of colonialism, while reclaiming her spirit. (From University of Regina Press

Helen Knott is a poet and writer of Dane Zaa, Nehiyaw, and Euro descent. In My Own Moccasins is her first book.

In My Own Moccasins was on the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize longlist.

Interviews with Helen Knott

Helen Knott on In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience, which she calls "a book of healing." 15:50

Dear Mr. Prime Minister: this poet has something to say to you about Indigenous rights

5 years ago
3:15
Writer Helen Knott has a call out to Justin Trudeau to protect the rights of Canada's Indigenous population. 3:15

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