Episode 28: From the Depths of Darkness

On this episode I had the pleasure of talking with Jesse Thistle author of the riveting memoir “From the Ashes.” Jesse is Metis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and he currently is an assistant professor in Metis Studies at York University in Toronto. “From the Ashes” is a memoir about the effect of intergenerational trauma, the struggle to find an identity, and the impact of childhood abandonment. For Jesse, these factors led to the self destructive cycle of drug and alcohol abuse which resulted in a path of homelessness and incarceration. Jesse unpacks his memoir and discusses the institutional injustices many indigenous people face.

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