Join us as we celebrate the launch of From the Roots Up (HighWater Press), hosted by Sonya Ballantyne.
In this sequel to Surviving the City, Dez is grieving the loss of her grandmother, living in a group home, and coming into her Two-Spirit identity. Unfortunately, Miikwan doesn't really understand what Dez is going through or how to be a supportive ally.
Will Dez be comfortable expressing her full identity? And will their community be able to overcome prejudice to celebrate Dez for who she is?
Tasha Spillett draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines. She is a celebrated educator, poet, and emerging scholar. Tasha is most heart-tied to contributing to community-led work that centres on land and water defence, and the protection of Indigenous women and girls.
Host Sonya Ballantyne is a filmmaker and writer originally from Misipawistik Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Her work focuses on Indigenous women and girls in non-traditional film genres such as horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.