There are boundaries, borders and diversity to both loss and belonging. In Settler Education, Graham delineates them all with respect and astounding talent. At a time when Canada looks for reconciliation, they often leave out the first necessary step: truth. This startling collection is a map of the poet’s personal truth gathering, told from the perspective of a self-identified settler seeking out the true shape and scope of Canada, one with Indigenous territoriality as central compass. — Jury citation, Trillium Book Award for Poetry
In the stunning poems of Settler Education, Laurie D. Graham vividly explores the Plains Cree uprising at Frog Lake—the death of nine settlers, the hanging of six Cree warriors, the imprisonment of Big Bear, and the opening of the Prairies to unfettered settlement. In ways possible only with such an honest act of imagination, and with language at once terse and capacious, Settler Education reckons with how these pasts repeat and reconstitute themselves in the present.