It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has robbed Canadians of many activities such as dining out, vacations, being with friends and family, and our beloved hockey games. But the most priceless thing COVID-19 stole from us has been our mental health. Being stuck inside, day in and day out has driven us to relive the same day over and over again. And what is most shocking is that we didn’t even realize it has been stolen from us until now.

In a March 2021 survey, Statistics Canada found that about one in five Canadian adults aged 18 and older…


The Menin Road by Paul Nash

When reading T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, it is no surprise that this text is one of the most critically acclaimed pieces of literature to come out of the modernist era. With its rich imagery and innovative language, Eliot is able to create a literary wasteland through the mundane life of London following World War I; “Eliot saw society as paralyzed and wounded, and he imagined that culture was crumbling and dissolving” (Parashar 160). The landscape is overflowing with death and decay, and yet the landscape is desolate of human interaction and emotion. The absence of frequent human interaction allows…


An analysis of the oppressive ideology of the government mandated Food Guide against the Indigenous child as found in Alicia Elliot’s A Mind Spread Out On The Ground.

Source: CBC.ca

Author of the Globe and Mail Best Book of 2019 A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, Alicia Elliot identifies as a Haudenosaunee writer. Her memoir is a collection of short essays that encapsulate her life experiences growing up as an Indigenous person in Canada. Although born in the United States of America, Alicia Elliot was raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Ontario from the age of…


An analysis of Helen Knott’s emotional journey. From being lost to finding HER light in her memoir, In My Own Mocassins.

Source: Cbc.com
Source: CBC.com (2020)

** Disclaimer: This post deals with sensitive matter that may be uncomfortable or disturbing to some readers. Readers discretion is advised**

Author of In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience, Helena Knott, is an Indigenous poet, writer, grassroots-activist and social workers. She identifies as Dane-Zaa, Nehiyaw, Metis, and European, her mother is of European heritage, and father of indigenous origin. She resides in the Prophet River First Nations community in the Northern Rockies Region of British Columbia. Knott’s…


Twist writes about the emotional transformation from Trauma into Healing through her poem’s acknowledgment to theme of the “Self”. Twists exploration into Indigenous themes of the postmodern Other Woman, the Indigenous Queer Identity, Indigenous Womanism and how they are impacted by Settler-Colonialism. The poems give a voice to the collective of Indigenous people that face these traumas everyday.

Author of Disintegrate/Dissociate, Arielle Twist is of Cree descent, specifically Nehiyaw, and identifies as a Two-Spirit, trans women from George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan. Being one of the largest indigenous communities, the Canadian Cree community lives north and west of Lake Superior, and in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Although the Cree community is one of the largest in North America, the people are still experiencing the horrors and trauma from settler colonization which has dramatically affected their sense of “Self” and identity.

Figure 1. “Disintegrate/Dissociate poetry collection and author, Arielle Twist”. Arielle Twist explores grief in her poetry and finds a home in the Indigenous arts community, CBC.ca, April 2019, https://www.cbc.ca/books/arielle-twist-explores-grief-in-her-poetry-and-finds-a-home-in-the-indigenous-arts-community-1.5109458.

Evident in Twist’s book of poetry Disintegrate/Dissociate the concept of the “self” and…

Alanna Sabatino

RU M.A Candidate / Canadian / She/her

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