Evening With Jesse Thistle, Author of 'From the Ashes'
: Green Wood Coalition's Community 101 series presents Jesse Thistle, discussing and signing 'From the Ashes: My Story of Being MÃ©tis, Homeless, and Finding My Way' (Simon & Schuster). In this debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.
Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, but their tough-love attitudes meant conflicts became commonplace. And the ghost of Jesseâs drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling, Jesse 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. One day, he finally realized he would die unless he turned his life around.
In this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful experiences with abuse, uncovering the truth about his parents, and how he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family through education.
Jesse Thistle is MÃ©tis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He is an assistant professor in MÃ©tis Studies at York University in Toronto. He won a Governor Generalâs Academic Medal in 2016, and is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Vanier Scholar.
Green Wood Coalition is pleased to invite Jesse (Imaginate 2018 Keynote Speaker) back to our community for this special evening. Thanks to Northumberland United Way and Cameco for their support for this event.
: September 12th, 2019 at 7:00pm
: September 12th, 2019 at 9:00pm
: 20 Queen St.
: Port Hope