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Misel Joe

Chief Misel Joe comes from a long line of saqamaws or chiefs in the Mi'kmaq territory. Chief Joe was educated in Mi'kmaq traditions and, after having left the reserve as a young man, he returned in 1973 and became involved in band government politics, first as a councillor and after the death of his uncle, Chief William Joe, he became traditional saqamaw and the Newfoundland district chief for the Mi'kmaq Grand Council.

Chief Joe is also the spiritual leader of his people and has presented lectures on native medicines and traditional healing practices at several international alternative medicine conferences and hosted the1996 and 2000 International Healing Conference at Conne River.

He is a member of the Atlantic Policy Congress, the First Nations Trust Fund, Newfoundland Museum Advisory Committee and the Aboriginal Capacity and Development Research Centre. He also holds a community seat at the United Nations (Human Rights).

Muinji'j Becomes a Man
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Muinji'j has been waiting all his life to make this trip with his grandfather - a trip to the city to sell otter, beaver and muskrat pelts, and bring back supplies to the village. It's a long expedition that tests Muinji'js reserves of strength, patience and maturity.

Just as he thinks he and his niskamij have faced all of their challenges, the worst happens - his naskamij falls ill. Although Muinji'j gathers the medicine his grandfather asks for, it doesn't help fast enough. Both of them realize that there is only one solution: Muinji'j must continue the journey alone. He must face the challenges and mysteries of a city he has never seen, and return to help his grandfather as well as his village that relies on him.

"A trip for supplies becomes an unexpected challenge of strength and courage in this novel for middle readers. This simple and gentle story by first-time author Mi’sel Joe, chief of the only recognized band reserve in Newfoundland, offers a glimpse of Mi’kmaq life in Newfoundland early in the 20th century." - Quill & Quire

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64 pages | 5.25" x 7.50"

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