“It means everything, really,” Rosanna Deerchild says, when asked about sharing her mother’s story. “Having to do this book with my mom was… a journey of truth and reconciliation for my entire family…the culmination of a lot of tears of a lot of laughter of a lot of pain and I hope it leads us further down the path of healing.”

Rosanna is an award-winning Cree author, broadcaster, and co-founder of the Indigenous Writers Collective of Manitoba. She has worked for a variety of newspapers and networks for over 16 years, including APTN and Global, and currently hosts CBC Radio’s Unreserved. Her debut poetry collection this is a small northern town won the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry.

Her latest collection, Calling Down the Sky, explores the deeply personal impact of the residential school system. Called “fierce, raw and candid… an essential read in understanding the true modern history of this land and in honouring the people who survived it” by author and broadcaster Waubgeshig Rice, it was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets’ Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Manitoba Book Award, and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.

Rosanna’s family is from the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation. She currently lives in Winnipeg.

Appearing in: 17. Paths to Understanding: Indigenous Women Write

Books: www.booklandpress.com/deerchild-rosanna/