Nitinikiau Innusi - I Keep the Land Alive -Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue

Nitinikiau Innusi - I Keep the Land Alive -Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue

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Labrador Innu cultural and environmental activist Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue led the Innu campaign against NATO’S low –level flying and bomb testing on Innu land during the 1980s and 90’s. She was also a key respondent in a landmark legal case in which the judge held that the Innu had the “colour of right” to occupy the Canadian Forces base in Goose Bay, Labrador. Over the past twenty years she has led walks and canoe trips in nutshimit, “on the land.” to teach people about Innu culture and knowledge.

Nitinikiau Innusi: I keep the Land Alive began as a diary written in Innu-aimun, in which Tshaukuesh recorded day-to-day experiences, court appearances, and interviews with reporters. Along with documenting what was happening to the Innu and their land, Tshaukuesh found keeping a diary therapeutic, and her writing evolved from brief notes into a detailed account of her own life and reflections on Innu land, culture, politics, and history.