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The Good Lands by Victoria Dickenson, Lee Maracle & Naomi Fontaine

The Good Lands by Victoria Dickenson, Lee Maracle & Naomi Fontaine

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A book of images of this country as seen by our artists. This is a book to remind us that the land holds us, not we the land, and that we share our territories with the other sentient beings, with the forest and the grasslands, with the rocks and the rivers. This is a book to celebrate this place, a gift to Canadians to honour the beauty and power of our shared spaces, and a reminder that we all live by the gifts of the land. This is a book that acknowledges the power of art to reveal what is hidden, to make visible the landscapes of our imagination.

Victoria Dickenson is former Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Toronto, as well as President, McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. She inaugurated the post of Chief Knowledge O?cer of the new Canadian federal institution, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2009. For eleven years, she was Executive Director of the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal. She has also served as Director, Programs, at the National Aviation Museum and Chief Curator of the Newfoundland Museum. She is an A'liate of McGill University History Department, and an Adjunct Research Associate in inclusive Design at OCADU. She has curated numerous exhibitions and has written extensively on documentary art and the visualization of landscape in North America.

Lee Maracle is a prolific First Nations writer and expert on First Nations culture and history. She is a member of the Stó:l? Nation, the daughter of a Métis mother and Salish father and a granddaughter of Chief Dan George. Maracle's first book, the autobiographical novel Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel (1975, 1990), was one of the first Indigenous works published in Canada. Maracle has held numerous academic posts in Canadian and American universities, and in 2009, she received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. She is a co-founder of the En'owkin International School of Writing, a learning institute in Penticton, BC, with an Indigenous Fine Arts Program and an Okanagon Language Program.

Naomi Fontaine is a young Innu woman from the community of Uashat, near Sept-Îles, Quebec. She studied to be a high school French teacher at Université Laval in Quebec City. Her first collection of poetic stories Kuessipan was published in March 2011 by Mémoire d'encrier. The book received a warm reception from readers and the media. In 2013, Kuessipan was published in English by Arsenal Pulp Press in a translation by David Homel. The Quebec booksellers' magazine Le libraire named Naomi Fontaine Discovery of the Year and she was part of Elle Québec's Women of the Year in 2011. She writes a blog, "Innushkuess."