Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey through the Turbulent Waters of Native History (Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House Canada, 2014) written by Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo, is the winning entry of the 2015 Speaker’s Book Award. The Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, made the announcement during a ceremony at the Ontario Legislature on March 7th, 2016.
Up Ghost River is Edmund Metatawabin’s memoir of growing up in Fort Albany, Ontario, and being sent to St. Anne’s Residential School where he and his classmates were the victims of numerous abuses. After studying and working in Alberta for several years, Edmund returned to Fort Albany to reconnect with the land, and was elected Chief of his community. He has worked hard to expose the wrongdoings of St. Anne’s and to help residential school survivors heal.