Terese Marie Mailhot is a First Nation Canadian writer, journalist, and teacher from Seabird Island, British Columbia. Her 2018 debut publication Heart Berries: A Memoir presents a raw, honest portrayal of her struggles with intergenerational trauma, mental health, poverty and sexual abuse. In this article, we’ll be looking at Mailhot’s Heart Berries as an example of the power of Indigenous feminist narratives, and the ability of writing to create a path for healing.

Author of the bestselling 2018 memoir Heart Berries, Terese Marie Mailhot is a First Nation Canadian writer and professor from the Seabird Island reservation near Chilliwack, British Columbia. Seabird Island is a First Nations band government of the Stó:lō people, located in the Upper Fraser Valley region, just 3 km east of Agassiz, BC. …


Arielle Twist is a Two-Spirit, trans femme Indigenous writer based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her 2019 debut poetry collection “Disintegrate/Dissociate” combines soft vulnerability with uncut rage to navigate what it means to reconstruct one’s identity and to exist as a Brown Indigenous trans woman living in a colonized society.

Currently based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Arielle Twist is a Two-Spirit, trans femme Indigenous writer and sex educator from George Gordan First Nation in Saskatchewan. Made up of Plains Cree and Plains Saulteaux Peoples, the George Gordan First Nation community can be found near the village of Punnichy, Saskatchewan, in the heart of Treaty 4 Territory in Touchwood Hills. As the site of the longest-running residential school in Canada, operating from 1889 to 1996, the First Nations community suffers the intergenerational trauma of settler colonialism, and consistently works to provide services and support to the victims of this abuse. …

Megan Glover

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