$0.00 | 0 Items in cart

Mi'sel Joe

An Aboriginal Chief’s Journey

Mi'sel Joe

Flanker Press
Paperback
2009-06-12

1897317425
9781897317426

19.95 CAD
SORRY .. OUT OF STOCK

facebook linktwitter link
SOLD OUT

Mi’sel Joe: An Aboriginal Chief’s Journey chronicles both the life of an individual and that of his people. Mi’sel Joe is the traditional and administrative chief of Newfoundland’s Conne River Mi’kmaq Reserve. Through a series of taped interviews with Raoul Andersen and John Crellin, Mi’sel Joe tells his life story, including his unorthodox education through the many migratory jobs that took him as far west as Alberta. Mi’sel Joe also speaks of a community fighting for the right to determine its own future. He tells of the struggle to revitalize traditional values in the face of racial prejudice. He reveals the steps being taken by aboriginal leaders, both in this province and elsewhere, to help their people gain respect in a white man’s world without losing their own identity. Mi’sel Joe’s story is his own, but it is also a window into Mi’kmaq history, culture, and traditions. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools 2009–2010 Selection Finalist for the 2010 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing First Nation Communities Read 2011–2012 "Also Recommended" Title

In St. John’s, we went to a meeting with the government’s negotiating team and tried to convince them to release our funds and, to my amazement, they agreed to release the funds. But when we went to the bank in Grand Falls, we found that the province had called ahead and put a stop order on transferring any money. They were giving us the runaround. So we went back to Conne River and held a second meeting and convinced about 100 people to travel to St. John’s in April 1983 to petition government to release our money. Wetzel and I went to St. John’s a week ahead to raise money to hire two buses for people in Conne River. Money came from church groups, trade unions, and the Assembly of First Nations. When the people left home, others were standing on the side of the road booing and making fun of them, and saying, “You’re crazy. You’re going to follow this crazy Mike Joe into town and take on the province.” “You’re not going to win anything.” “You’re going to come home worse than when you went in there.” So we went back to St. John’s and occupied a provincial government building, the provincial minister’s office in Atlantic Place, downtown St. John’s. We padlocked the door inside. There were around 30 of us inside the office, including children and women. My 14-year-old daughter, Leona, was one of the children at the office. We held the office for three hours until a riot squad broke through a wall and arrested all of us, children included. I remember myself and Leona sitting by a wall when this huge police officer broke through the plasterboard wall; there were police officers everywhere dragging our people out and carrying us off to jail. When we got back to the Catholic Action Centre, you could see in people’s faces what they were thinking: People at home were right. We should have stayed at home. We just came to St. John’s and made fools of ourselves. That night I looked at all this and watched people get drunk, people sitting by themselves, and a lot of them were downhearted and some cried. That’s why I locked myself in a room all night and I said, “There has got to be answers.” And that’s when spiritualism started to happen. There were pictures of Christ all over the Action Centre, and one on the wall in this little kitchen where I locked myself in. I didn’t know how to pray. I wasn’t a very churchgoing person when I was growing up, so I had forgotten the prayers. But all night I tried to pray to this picture, and every time I did that, this picture, this vision of Roddy Stevens, a Mi’kmaq person, would come. Finally, just before daybreak I said, “Well, I guess this is what I have got to do.” I prayed to the vision of this face, not Jesus with the beard, but the one with the crewcut, glasses, and the round face.
[Mi'sel Joe's] story is that of his community as it moves and evolves. Andersen and Crellin are to be commended for bringing that story so readably to the rest of the province.-- The Northeast Avalon Times --
A lively, fast-paced account of some of the highlights of Joe's public and private life, illustrated with plenty of photographs.-- The Telegram --
An interesting and well written book.-- Atlantic Books Today --

Shopping Cart

You have no items in your shopping cart

Tax Price Qty Total

Sub Total $0.00
Shipping $0.00
HST (0%) $0.00
GST $0.00
Total $0.00

ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK

Related Products


discount
Flanker Press Man on the Ice
Man on the Ice
discount
Flanker Press A Day on the Ridge
A Day on the Ridge
discount
Flanker Press Captain Kean's Secret
Captain Kean's Secret
discount
Flanker Press From the Ashes of My Dreams
From the Ashes of My Dreams
Ed Smith
$19.95 more
discount
Flanker Press Uncle Mose
Uncle Mose
discount
Flanker Press Blood on the Hills
Blood on the Hills

About Flanker Press
Turning pages since 1994

Flanker Press is a bright spark in the Newfoundland and Labrador publishing scene. As the province’s most active publisher of trade books, the company now averages twenty new titles per year, with a heavy emphasis on regional non-fiction and historical fiction.

The mission of Flanker Press is to provide a quality publishing service to the local and regional writing community and to actively promote its authors and their books in Canada and abroad.

Now located in Paradise, Flanker Press has grown from a part-time venture in 1994 to a business with eight full-time employees. In the fall of 2004, Flanker Press launched a new imprint, Pennywell Books. This imprint includes literary fiction, short stories, young adult fiction, and children’s books.

LEARN MORE
Flanker Press Ltd.
Unit #1 1243 Kenmount Road, Paradise, NL              A1L 0V8
Canada

TF: 1.866.739.4420

Tel: 709.739.4477

Fax: 709.739.4420


The Latest
Always something new

Events
07 Dec, 2021
Robert Hunt Book Signing in St. John's
08 Dec, 2021
Kenneth G. Pieroway Book Signing in St. John's
10 Dec, 2021
K. Bruce Lane Book Signing in St. John's

News
17 Nov, 2021
Ida Linehan Young On-Line Reading Series with The Stolen Ones
05 Nov, 2021
Susan Flanagan Book Launch
03 Nov, 2021
The Woman in the Attic hits Top 5 Best Sellers List - 17th Month !

Submissions
Send us your manuscript

Please review our following guidelines for submitting fiction and non-fiction manuscripts to be considered for publication.

LEARN MORE

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation for our publishing activities.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.