Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive

Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue University of Manitoba Press May 2019


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-’90, and was 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. Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive began as a diary written in Innu-aimun, in which Penashue recorded day-to-day experiences, court appearances, and interviews with reporters. Her writing evolved into a detailed account of her own life and reflections on Innu land, culture, politics and history. The book includes numerous beautiful professional images and archival photographs.