In My Own Moccasins

In My Own Moccasins

A Memoir of Resilience

The Regina Collection


Published by: University of Regina Press

304 pages, 4.72 x 7.48 x 0.50 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780889777316
  • Published: March 2020


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780889776449
  • Published: August 2019



Long-listed for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize

A memoir of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the lasting wounds of sexual violence

Helen Knott, a highly accomplished Indigenous woman, seems to have it all. But in her memoir, she offers a different perspective. In My Own Moccasins is an unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the wounds brought on by sexual violence. It is also the story of sisterhood, the power of ceremony, the love of family, and the possibility of redemption.

With gripping moments of withdrawal, times of spiritual awareness, and historical insights going back to the signing of Treaty 8 by her great-great grandfather, Chief Bigfoot, her journey exposes the legacy of colonialism, while reclaiming her spirit.