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How We Go Home

Voices from Indigenous North America

edited by Sara Sinclair

Fernwood Publishing
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Career Education, English Language Arts, History, Law, Social Justice, Social Studies
Grade Levels
10 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price

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Descriptive Review

How We Go Home is an authentic example of what respectful and reciprocal research with Indigenous communities consists of. There are extensive acknowledgements and contextual information provided for each of the stories presented from Indigenous voices across North America. This collection is also edited by an Indigenous contributor. There is comprehensive background, historical, and contemporary information connected to themes such as residential school legacy, law, Indigenous activism and resurgence, and Indigenous-led movements such as the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Walk 4 Justice and the Standing Rock resistance. Though there are extensive cautions for this collection as a whole, this would be a valuable resource for high school students to highlight Indigenous resilience, reclamation, and strength.

Caution: Abuse, trauma, suicide, violence, and rape.

331 pp., 6 × 9", b&w illustrations

Edited by Sara Sinclair (Cree-Ojibwe and mixed settler descent)

Source: Association of Book Publishers of BC - Canadian Indigenous Books for Schools (2021-2022)

About the author


Sara Sinclair is an oral historian, writer, and educator of Cree-Ojibwe and mixed settler descent. Sara teaches in the Oral History Masters Program at Columbia University. She has contributed to the Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Archive, Obama Presidency Oral History, and Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. She has conducted oral histories for the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the International Labor Organization, among others. Sara is co-editor of Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History, published with Columbia University Press in 2019.


Sara Sinclair's profile page

Editorial Reviews


“The voices of How We Go Home are singing a chorus of love and belonging alongside the heat of resistance, and the sound of Indigenous life joyfully dances off these pages.”


—Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of As We Have Always Done


“How We Go Home confirms that we all have stories. These stories teach us history, morality, identity, connection, empathy, understanding, and self-awareness. We hear the stories of our ancestors and they tell us who we are. We hear the stories of our heroes and they tell us what we can be.”


—Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair


“How We Go Home is a testament to modern-day Indigenous revitalization, often in the face of the direst of circumstances. Told as firsthand accounts on the frontlines of resistance and resurgence, these life stories inspire and remind that Indigenous life is all about building a community through the gifts we offer and the stories we tell.”


— Niigaan Sinclair, associate professor, Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba and columnist, Winnipeg Free Press