The Red River Expedition of 1870

“Much is written of Canada’s take-over of the Red River Settlement in 1870 but little about the 1st expeditionary force to slog through wilderness to get there. Paul McNicholl’s (l.) reveals the details.FULL STORY



Confessional poems

April 05th, 2022

Michelle Poirier Brown was 38 when she discovered she had a hidden indigenous identity. Coming to terms with her new found Métis heritage was compounded by having to deal with childhood trauma from an incestuous rape as well as nearly dying from an incidence of exposure to extreme cold. She reveals her journey of pain, belonging, hope and resilience in her debut collection of poems You Might Be Sorry You Read This (Univ. of Alberta Press $19.99). Publicity about the book states: “The confessional poems are polished yet unpretentious, often edgy but humorous; they explore trauma yet prioritize the poet’s story. Honouring the complexities of Indigenous identity and the raw experiences of womanhood, mental illness, and queer selfhood, these narratives carry weight.” Brown concludes in one of her poems that “You need / only be the simple / expression of the divine / intent / that is your life.” 9781772126037

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