Books – Autobiography & Memoir

  • Life Among the Qallunaat

    Mini Aodla Freeman (Author), Keavy Martin (Editor), Julie Rak (Editor)

    An Inuit woman’s movement between worlds and ways of understanding.

    Published March 2015 | First Voices, First Texts, Autobiography & Memoir, History, Indigenous Studies, Inuit Studies, Literature

  • Devil in Deerskins

    My Life with Grey Owl

    Anahareo (Author), Sophie McCall (Editor)

    A critical edition of the 1972 bestselling autobiography, Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl.

    Published April 2014 | First Voices, First Texts, Autobiography & Memoir, Environmental Studies, History, Indigenous Studies

  • Creating Space

    My Life and Work in Indigenous Education

    Verna J. Kirkness (Author)

    The life story of Verna J. Kirkness, a Cree woman from Manitoba, whose simple quest to teach “in a Native way,” revolutionized Canadian education policy and practice.

    Published October 2013 | Autobiography & Memoir, Education, Indigenous Studies

  • Community and Frontier

    A Ukrainian Settlement in the Canadian Parkland

    John C. Lehr (Author)

    A social and economic history of one of the oldest Ukrainian settlements in Western Canada.

    Published November 2011 | Studies in Immigration and Culture, Autobiography & Memoir, Ethnic Studies, History, Social History

  • Keep True

    A Life in Politics

    Howard Pawley (Author)

    Howard Pawley, former Premier of Manitoba (1981-88), led the province during one of the most turbulent periods in its history. In Keep True, Pawley takes us into the inner workings of his government during this controversial period. He gives us a vivid play-by-play of the events, acknowledging what went right and what went wrong, while putting it all into a contemporary context. Along the way, he offers insight on campaign management, choosing a cabinet, appointing public servants, and leading by consensus, while describing how the principles of Canadian agrarian socialism shaped his political vision.

    Published February 2011 | Autobiography & Memoir, Political Studies

  • My Parents

    Memoirs of New World Icelanders

    Birna Bjarnadottir (Editor), Finnbogi Gudmundsson (Editor)

    My Parents: Memoirs of New World Icelanders is a collection of essays written by second-generation Icelandic immigrants in North America, describing the lives of their parents. A prevailing sense of community emerges from the writers’ stories, showing how Icelandic culture and tradition sustained the immigrants through hardship, illness, and isolation. My Parents also details some of the genealogy of the New World Icelanders who settled in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

    Published April 2007 | Autobiography & Memoir, History, Icelandic Studies, Immigration, Translation

  • One Man’s Documentary

    A Memoir of the Early Years of the National Film Board

    Graham McInnes (Author), Gene Walz (Author)

    One Man’s Documentary is a lively account of one of the most exciting periods in Canadian filmmaking. With style and verve, McInnes paints vivid portraits of Grierson and the others who helped make the NFB an international institution. Film historian Gene Walz’s introduction gives a full picture of the early history of the NFB as well as an account of McInnes’s fascinating life.

    Published November 2004 | Autobiography & Memoir, Film & Media Studies, History

  • Providence Watching

    Journeys from Wartorn Poland to the Canadian Prairies

    Kazimierz Patalas (Editor), Zbigniew Izydorczyk (Translator)

    At the start of the Second World War, Poland was invaded by both the German and the Soviet armies. After the war, Canada accepted over 4000 Polish immigrant soldiers and their families who did not want to return to a communist regime in their country. This book is a moving oral history of the experiences of forty-five individuals during that transition period between the outbreak of war and their eventual relocation in Canada.

    Published December 2003 | Autobiography & Memoir, Ethnic Studies, History, Immigration, Oral History & Storytelling

  • They Knew Both Sides of Medicine

    Cree Tales of Curing and Cursing Told by Alice Ahenakew / âh-âyîtaw isi ê-kî-kiskêyihtahkik maskihkiy

    H.C. Wolfart (Translator), Freda Ahenakew (Translator)

    Born in 1912, Alice Ahenakew was brought up in a traditional Cree community in north-central Saskatchewan. As a young woman, she married Andrew Ahenakew, a member of the prominent Saskatchewan family, who later became an Anglican clergyman and a prominent healer. Alice Ahenakew’s personal reminiscences include stories of her childhood, courtship and marriage, as well as an account of the 1928 influenza epidemic and encounters with a windigo. The centrepiece of this book is the fascinating account of Andrew Ahenakew’s bear vision, through which he received healing powers.

    Published November 2000 | Publications of the Algonquian Text Society, Autobiography & Memoir, Decolonization, History, Indigenous Studies, Linguistics, Translation

  • One Version of the Facts

    My Life in the Ivory Tower

    Henry E. Duckworth (Author)

    In his engaging memoirs, One Version of the Facts: My Life in the Ivory Tower, Dr. Henry Duckworth takes readers from his student days in Winnipeg and Chicago in the 1930s to his time as president of the University of Winnipeg (1971-1981) and chancellor of the University of Manitoba. With humour and modesty, Henry Duckworth recalls trends, changes, and crises he witnessed throughout his long university career.

    Published October 2000 | Autobiography & Memoir, Education, History