Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl is a poetry collection written during a period of trauma while the author was working as a statement taker and Counsel to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2017. This book portrays the author’s lived experience as an Indigenous woman raised on the Pelican Narrows Reserve in the 1980s, her memories of the wilderness, and her experiences as a residential school survivor. With this collection, the author seeks to teach and inform Canadians of her foundational truth, growing up as an Indigenous woman on the land in a remote area of Northern Saskatchewan.
Francine Merasty is a lawyer and a poet. She holds a BA and JD from the University of Saskatchewan. She has published in several magazines and will also be featured in the poetry anthology The Best American Poetry 2021, released in September. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.