Hosted by the Mir Centre for Peace and Indigenous Services at Selkirk College, this is a recording of the event. This video is password protected and available to ticket holders. Tickets are still available for purchase from the Selkirk College Bookstore. See link below. Then, please check your email for the password. From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding my Way is also available through the same link at the Selkirk Bookstore.
Tickets and video available until Friday, June 25.
We apologize for the technical difficulties we experienced with the sound over Zoom. We appreciate your patience in waiting through the pauses. Jesse's words are worth it!
The pre-event began with videos made for ANKORS and that feature drug users speaking for themselves about overcoming stigma. You can find those videos at YouTube.
This event was held:
- When: June 2, 9:30 a.m. PDT (Come early (9 a.m.) to learn about efforts to address homelessness and addictions in our region.)
Where: Via Zoom livestream
- Your email contained instructions on how to access the event.
About Jesse Thistle
Jesse Thistle is the acclaimed author of From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding my Way – a Canadian bestseller and finalist in Canada Reads in 2020. Grounded in his own previous struggles with addiction and homelessness, his work has important implications for service providers, educators, governments and all who work to build stronger, more resilient communities.
Thistle was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1979, he and his two brothers were removed from his family home and moved to Brampton, Ontario to be brought up by his paternal grandparents. During his late teens and twenties, Thistle struggled with addiction and homelessness and served several brief stints in jail for petty theft. After an unsuccessful robbery attempt in 2006, Thistle turned himself in to police custody and entered a drug rehabilitation program. In 2012, he entered the undergraduate history program at York University in Toronto, where he soon found his passion, learning and teaching the history of the Métis people.
Currently, he is a PhD candidate and recipient of both the Vanier & Trudeau Scholarships – the highest academic awards for doctoral research in the country. He works as an assistant professor in the Department of History at York and has also been honoured for his compelling writing and courageous work to advance peace through story, connection, and healing. Read the full story...
Jesse Thistle's From the Ashes What People are Saying:
“A memoir of resilience, spirit, and dignity from a gifted storyteller. It is, at heart, also about the many shapes that love can inhabit. When you plan to read this book, clear your schedule. It will hold you in its grasp and won’t let you go, like a great novel. It’s all the more remarkable that this is not fiction. This book will stand out in my reading experience for a long time to come.”
— SHELAGH ROGERS, OC, host and a producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, and honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
“In this page-turner of a memoir—raw, honest, gripping, wrenching, and inspiring—Jesse Thistle gifts us with an intimate and bracing look into the realities, traumas, and triumphs of Indigenous life in today’s North America.”
— GABOR MATÉ, MD, bestselling author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
“Candid and cutting, Jesse Thistle lays down his story with a brutal beauty you’ll never forget. From the Ashes is a guided tour through a broken heart just trying to keep beating, both failing and succeeding spectacularly.”
— CHERIE DIMALINE, bestselling author of The Marrow Thieves
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