STARFest presents Jesse Thistle


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From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up. An eloquent exploration of the impact of prejudice and racism, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help us find happiness despite the odds.

In this heart-warming and gut-wrenching memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through perseverance and education, he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family.

Jesse Thistle will be in conversation with Celina Loyer.

Monday, November 9, 2020
6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree from Prince Albert, SK. As a child, Jesse briefly found himself in the foster care system before ending up in the home of his paternal grandparents. During his late teens, Thistle succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. He is an Assistant Professor in Métis Studies at York University in Toronto. In 2019, he was named one of the 50 most influential Torontonians.

Celina Loyer is the Aboriginal Programmer on staff at the Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert. Working alongside the Program Manager, she develops and leads programs that have Aboriginal content and information.


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