My Indian

***2022 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS: APMA BEST ATLANTIC-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD – SHORTLIST***

***2022 BMO WINTERSET AWARD – LONGLIST***

***2022-2023 HACKMATACK AWARD: ENGLISH FICTION – SHORTLIST***

***2022 IPPY AWARDS: MULTICULTURAL FICTION: JUV/YA – SILVER***

In 1822, William Epps Cormack sought the expertise of a guide who could lead him across Newfoundland in search of the last remaining Beothuk camps on the island. In his journals, Cormack refers to his guide only as “My Indian.”

Now, almost two hundred years later, Mi’sel Joe and Sheila O’Neill reclaim the story of Sylvester Joe, the Mi’kmaw guide engaged by Cormack. In a remarkable feat of historical fiction, My Indian follows Sylvester Joe from his birth (in what is now known as Miawpukek First Nation) and early life in his community to his journey across the island with Cormack. But will Sylvester Joe lead Cormack to the Beothuk, or will he protect the Beothuk and lead his colonial explorer away?

In rewriting the narrative of Cormack’s journey from the perspective of his Mi’kmaw guide, My Indian reclaims Sylvester Joe’s identity.

AUTHOR

Mi’sel Joe

Saqamaw Mi’sel Joe, LLD, CM, is the author of Muinji’j Becomes a Man and An Aboriginal Chief’s Journey. He has been the District Traditional Chief of Miawpukek First Nation since 1983, appointed by the late Grand Chief Donald Marshall. Mi’sel Joe is considered the Spiritual Chief of the Mi’kmaq of Newfoundland and Labrador. He lives in Conne River, Newfoundland and Labrador.


AUTHOR

Sheila O’Neill

Sheila O’Neill is from Kippens, NL, and is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Sheila is a mother and grandmother and has a solid background in Indigenous issues and post-secondary education. Sheila is a Drum Carrier and carries many teachings passed down by respected Elders. As a founding member and past President of the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network (NAWN), she has been part of a grassroots movement of empowerment of Indigenous women within the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. An experienced educator, Sheila has worked as a communications instructor with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in both Newfoundland and Labrador and Doha, Qatar. Sheila holds a BA and BEd, both from Memorial University. She lives in St. John’s.


Reviews

My Indian an essential resource on Newfoundland & Labrador Indigenous history.”


– The Telegram

“This novel gives readers wonderful details about Newfoundland’s history, topography, climate, weather, and Indigenous peoples. It is also a strong reminder of our responsibility to our environment.”


– CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“I really enjoyed visualizing their journey, and just everything written in the story. It was a very interesting little piece of history. I liked the real backstory included at the end of the story with all the facts and pictures.”


– Digitally Lit

Awards

  • BMO Winterset Award 2021, Long-listed
  • IPPY Awards: Multicultural Fiction: Juv/YA 2022, Runner-up
  • Atlantic Book Awards: APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award 2022, Short-listed
  • Hackmatack Award: English Fiction 2023, Short-listed
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    ***2022 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS: APMA BEST ATLANTIC-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD – SHORTLIST***

    ***2022 BMO WINTERSET AWARD – LONGLIST***

    ***2022-2023 HACKMATACK AWARD: ENGLISH FICTION – SHORTLIST***

    ***2022 IPPY AWARDS: MULTICULTURAL FICTION: JUV/YA – SILVER***


    In 1822, William Epps Cormack sought the expertise of a guide who could lead him across Newfoundland in search of the last remaining Beothuk camps on the island. In his journals, Cormack refers to his guide only as “My Indian.”


    Now, almost two hundred years later, Mi’sel Joe and Sheila O’Neill reclaim the story of Sylvester Joe, the Mi’kmaw guide engaged by Cormack. In a remarkable feat of historical fiction, My Indian follows Sylvester Joe from his birth (in what is now known as Miawpukek First Nation) and early life in his community to his journey across the island with Cormack. But will Sylvester Joe lead Cormack to the Beothuk, or will he protect the Beothuk and lead his colonial explorer away?


    In rewriting the narrative of Cormack’s journey from the perspective of his Mi’kmaw guide, My Indian reclaims Sylvester Joe’s identity.

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    Details

    Dimensions:

    176 Pages
    8in * 5.25in *
    0.5kg

    Published:

    April 30, 2021

    City of Publication:

    St. John’s

    Country of Publication:

    CA

    ISBN:

    9781550818789

    9781550818802 – Kindle

    9781550818796 – EPUB

    Language:

    eng

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