A young woman from Montreal follows the geese to the Inuit North in this deeply felt witnessing of contemporary Aboriginal life, as shaped by decades of colonial rule and government neglect. Having worked in the North for years, Juliana Léveillé-Trudel's account of the Indigenous experience offers a portrait of a valiant people undaunted by institutionalized racism, but in many cases broken by domestic violence, and corrupted by corporate mining and the presence of temporary workers up for the summer from the South in search of big paycheques.
Delivered across two searing monologues, Nirliit is a testament to a people's perseverance as much as it is an apology by those who inflicted those circumstances upon them. Léveillé-Trudel courageously transcends the borders between historical divisions to make a meaningful individual connection.
About the authors
Juliana Léveillé-Trudel co-authored with Andrew Katz the first installment of Julia’s adventures, How to Catch a Bear Who Loves to Read (2018). She is also a novelist (Nirliit, La Peuplade, 2015), a playwright, and a founder of the Productions de Brousse. Her work has been translated into English, Spanish, Icelandic, Danish, and Basque. She splits her time between Montreal and the Quebec countryside of her childhood, surrounded by forests, animals, and books.
Anita Anand is the author of Swing in the House and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 QWF/Concordia University First Book Award.
"A cry from the heart for the Great North and its inhabitants, carried by strong writing." --Christian Desmeules, Le Devoir
"I'm about to reread this book because its powerful beauty haunts me." --Dorothée Berryman, La Presse