“I Want to Go Home” –Memories of Kamloops Residential School and Joeyaska Ranch
New Book by: Mary Jane Joe (Elder Nk’xetko)
Today we celebrate the release of Mary Jane Joe’s (Nk’xetko’s) new book Xwist Memin Kin “I Want to Go Home” –Memories of Kamloops Residential School and Joeyaska Ranch published by Tellwell Talent.
The youthLEADarts team has had the pleasure and the privilege of working alongside Mary Jane, (Elder Nk’xetko), in many schools and communities. Mary Jane is a tender storyteller, her voice, when she speaks is like lavender for the soul, soothing and uplifting. Anyone could listen to her for hours. She speaks her truth honestly, even when the truth reveals deep hurts.
In her touching memoir, Mary Jane shares personal memories of her days at Kamloops Residential School, and reveals how her family and their ancestral traditions helped her to find strength, resilience and confidence against dark odds. Reading it, you feel as if Mary Jane is sitting in the room with you, recounting her story in an intimate, one on one setting. Her voice is poetic, stirring, frank and powerful.
Mary Jane’s book is for everyone: for people with knowledge of residential schools and for people seeking an understanding of them, for those who have found healing and for those still seeking it, for young readers and for elders. Her story is accessible. Her writing allows us the time and space to access our own feelings while she reveals hers.
Mary Jane’s book captures a human experience, a historical experience and a highly personal experience in a way that can guide and inform all people on the road to truth and reconciliation.
Xwist Memin Kin “I Want to Go Home” –Memories of Kamloops Residential School and Joeyaska Ranch can be purchased:
-as a Kindle, Rakuten, Kobo or Smashwords eBook
Stay tuned for an interview with Nk’xetko in an upcoming post. Congratulations Nk’xetko! We wish you great success!