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UM Press launches two books by well-known activists – UM Today

November 8, 2019 —

Cultural and environmental activist Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue and professor of social justice Darryl Leroux will launch their books in the coming days at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg.

Penashue 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.

Her book Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive began as a diary written in Innu-aimun, in which she recorded day-to-day experiences, court appearances, and interviews with reporters.

“Here is the diary of a living legend,” says Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Innu poet and actress. “It is also a diary for today, an invitation to follow the steps of our ancestors through a single Innu woman whose love for the land never falls apart even within the biggest struggle storms of our time. The Innu people always believed in dream and imagination to travel through lands if physically we couldn’t. We can walk now with Tshaukuesh Penashue.”

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