Our Voice of Fire: A Memoir of a Warrior Rising


Cover of Our Voice of Fire; an Indigenous woman wearing a blue shirt sits with her hands on a table.

Journalist Brandi Morin tells her own difficult stories in debut memoir

Brandi Morin opens her debut memoir, Our Voice of Fire: A Memoir of a Warrior Rising, with her visit, along with a New York Times reporter and photographer, to the home of Tina Fontaine’s great-aunt Thelma Favel for a piece on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

Tina Fontaine was the 15-year-old Sagkeeng First Nations girl whose body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014, and her murder ignited the MMIWG movement. Sitting in the girl’s great-aunt’s home, Morin realized that she herself could have easily gone missing and been murdered.

Morin, a French/Cree/Iroquois journalist from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta, has made a name for herself in journalism, with stories for Al Jazeera, National Geographic, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and the CBC, reporting on Indigenous news with a level of care and understanding that is often lacking elsewhere.


In Our Voice of Fire, out this month from House of Anansi Press, Morin weaves together behind-the-scenes moments from her career with her difficult personal experiences, which include growing up in foster care, bouts with substance use, witnessing generational trauma, and experiencing mental health crises and sexual abuse.




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