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In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience
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University of Regina Press
Pub Date: 2020
ISBN: 9780889777316
Helen Knott
In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience
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In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience

by Helen Knott

A reflection on what can be said about addiction, trauma, and the pains of sexual violence.

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.

"Helen Knott speaks truth to the experience of Indigenous women living through the violence of colonized spaces and she does so with grace, beauty and a ferocity that makes me feel so proud."--Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author This Accident of Being Lost