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February 2020 Featured Title

Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive (2019)

Beginning life as a diary written in Innu-aimun, Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive is filled with stories of Tshaukuesh’s daily life as well as her activism in defence of Labrador Innu land and culture. While recording protests against NATO’s low-level flying and bomb testing, including her experiences being jailed and appearing in court, the book describes also her walks and canoe trips in nutshimit, “on the land.” Known for her teaching about the Innu way of life, preserving traditional knowledge and skills and passing them on to the next generation, this book gives readers too a chance to travel with Tshaukuesh. Beautifully illustrated with personal photos as well as images taken by professional photographers and journalists, Nitinikiau Innusi resonates with love of the land and the people who have relied on it for thousands of years. More than a legacy for the Innu Nation, this book is a gift to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

The reader-advocate for Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive is award-winning CBC writer and producer Angela Antle. Nitinikiau Innusi is the NL READS 2020 feature book for February.

Author - Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue (Author), Elizabeth Yeoman (Editor)

Labrador Innu cultural and environmental activist Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue is well-known both within and far beyond the Innu Nation. The recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate from Memorial University, she has been a subject of documentary films, books, and numerous articles. She led the Innu campaign against NATO’s low-level flying and bomb testing on Innu land during the 1980s and ’90s, and was a key respondent in a landmark legal case in which the judge held that the Innu had the “colour of right” to occupy the Canadian Forces base in Goose Bay, Labrador. Over the past twenty years she has led walks and canoe trips in nutshimit, “on the land,” to teach people about Innu culture and knowledge. Elizabeth Yeoman is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Memorial University.


Publisher - University of Manitoba Press

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Reader-Advocate - Angela Antle, CBC

Angela writes and produces CBC radio and TV documentaries. Her Atlantic Voice docs have been recognized by the Gabriel and Gracie Allen Awards. She wrote and directed the CBC-TV documentary “Gander’s Ripple Effect: How a Small Town’s Kindness Opened on Broadway” and she wrote the feature-length documentary “Atlantic” which won awards at the Dublin, Chagrin, Nickel and Wexford Film Festivals and screened worldwide; including the Berlin Film Festival.

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