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.
Juliana Léveillé-Trudel writes for the stage, and was a founder of the Théâtre de brousse. Since 2011 she has been working as an educator in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec. Nirliit is her first novel. She lives in Montreal.
"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
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