Truth Telling

Seven Conversations about Indigenous Life in Canada

by Michelle Good

On Sale: 05/30/2023

Truth Telling

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Truth Telling

Seven Conversations about Indigenous Life in Canada

by Michelle Good

On Sale: 05/30/2023


About the Book

A bold, provocative examination of Canadian Indigenous issues from advocate, activist and award-winning novelist Michelle Good

Truth Telling is a collection of essays about the contemporary Indigenous experience in Canada. From resistance and reconciliation to the resurgence and reclamation of Indigenous power, Michelle Good explores the issues through a series of personal essays.

The collection includes an expansion and update of her highly popular Globe and Mail article about “pretendians," as well as “A History of Violence," an essay that appeared in a book about missing and murdered women. Other pieces deal with topics such as discrimination against Indigenous children; what is meant by meaningful reconciliation; and the importance of the Indigenous literary renaissance of the 1970s.

With authority, intelligence and insight, Michelle Good delves into the human cost of colonialism, showing how it continues to underpin social institutions in Canada and prevents meaningful and substantive reconciliation.

Critical Praise

“With blistering clarity, Michelle Good exposes the contradictions at the heart of Canada, but also imagines beyond them, setting out a specific vision for an Indigenous future governed by us. Good’s essays, woven with personal testimony, are deeply researched and traverse great swaths of history and policy; they are also very rousing and moving. No Canadian can feign ignorance of the Indigenous struggle when this book is within arm’s reach.”
Billy-Ray Belcourt, author of A Minor Chorus                       

"Good reminds us what the truth in Truth and Reconciliation actually requires of all of us: Indigenous peoples and Canadians. Addressing storytelling and historical myth-making, this book would have changed my nineteen-year-old world had it been available and rendered normative for my teachers. Good’s work is formidable, elemental and reminiscent of Cardinal’s Unjust Society. This work, should be required reading for every Canadian. Smart, generous and insightful. 'There is no such thing as Crown Land. It is all Indigenous land.' Good writes. This truth resonates. Serves notice: it is time." — Dr. Tracey Lindberg, Law Professor, author of Birdie

“Truth Telling is at once heartfelt, instructive, and authentic, expertly exploring the key issues that have shaped the Indigenous reality in Canada.… This collection is an indispensable resource.” — Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon of the Crusted Snow

“As Canadians search for a national approach to reconciliation... this book reminds us of how we arrived at this moment.…[and] is the kind of reference that will help us navigate our fraught journey.” — Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn, Professor of Indigenous Studies, Simon Fraser University

Truth Telling is a powerful, urgent, and necessary book that gets to the heart of true reconciliation and maps a course for achieving it. Bridging personal stories and lived experiences with sharp historical analysis, Michelle Good’s writing is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Honest, forthright, and powerful, Truth Telling offers insights and analysis that every policymaker and politician—indeed, any person who calls Canada “home”— can and must read. Urgently.”  — 2023 Balsillie Prize for Public Policy Jury


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443467810
  • ISBN 10: 1443467812
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 05/30/2023
  • Pages: 232
  • List Price:29.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : SOCIAL SCIENCE: Ethnic Studies / Canadian Studies
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies

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