Newfoundland is a humbling and infuriating paradox.
While I was home in Newfoundland this past summer, I was given a copy of a series of graphic novels by David Alexander Robinson dubbed Tales from Shadow River, illustrated stories about Indigenous people (Highwater Press). The Healer: Mary Webb, retells the life of my paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Webb, a Mi’kmaq healer and midwife to 700 babies around Bay St Georges on NL’s west coast.
The call of the Atlantic
The Atlantic changes you. It’s tough love, but there’s nothing like it.
Letter to Joey Smallwood
Dear Joey: I'm still here and mixed Mi'kmaq after all these years You're long dead, yet Confederation couldn't stop Newfoundland's ongoing colonial violence. You continued so unapologetically, telling Ottawa there are no red Indians--
One Point, Two Points, Three Points Mi’kmaq
THE SAME WEEK I received a rejection letter from Indigenous and Northern Affairs declaring I was no longer recognized as Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, my back gave out.
Is your star sign compatible with Newfoundland and Labrador?
ST. JOHN'S IS A BULL-MINDED TAURUS. I’m a Gemini who needs to take in every view. You can leave Newfoundland and Labrador, but it will never leave you. Believe me, I’ve tried.