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by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

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I wanted to like this more than I did. It was fascinating to read about Watt-Cloutier's life and how quickly the culture changed within her lifetime, and the climate and environmental issues she talks about are highly important. However, I found the discussion of all the meetings rather dull, and there were a lot of digressions that derailed the main thread of the story. Or I guess the issue wasn't the digressions, more the way they were handled. If there had been smoother transitions back to the story, the digressions might not have jarred so much. It must be said, though, that the voice is pretty much how she talks as well. (She spoke at the University of Ottawa in 2017, which is what prompted me to read the book in the first place.) If you like books about environmental issues or cultural change and are prepared to wade through meetings and digressions, you may want to check this out. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Sep 12, 2017 |
Sheila Watt-Cloutier is an activist and while she may be best known for her work as an environmentalist, what drives her is advocating on behalf of Inuit people in Canada and around the world. What I especially admired about her, upon reading this book, is her fight to put a human face on climate change -- her drive to show that Inuit culture is linked to the Arctic and that protecting the Arctic environment is necessary to protect Arctic people and culture. The book is well written and takes the reader through Ms. Watt-Cloutier's 25 years working for this goal. The book also provides insight into Inuit culture and a behind-the-scenes look at global activism. Well worth reading. ( )
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In a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world through her work, a portion of its lost heart. -- American poet Louise Bogan
For my late grandmother -- my Atikuluk -- Jeannie and my late mother, Daisy. For my children, Sylvia and Eric. For my grandsons, Mister Lee and Inuapik. For the Love of my Inuit culture. In memory of Terry Fenge.
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