Michelle Sylliboy, is an L’nu (Mi’kmaq) artist and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised on unceded territory in We’koqmaq, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Michelle Sylliboy blends her modern poetry, photography, and Mi’kmaq (L’nuk) hieroglyphic poetry in this unprecedented book. Kiskajeyi was edited by Michael Calvert with publication timed to coincide with the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages. The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance in 2019 that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation.
"The photographs in this book are a recognition of land and how the Komqwejwi’kasikl language comes from the land. The importance of saving our water and our lands in the time of resource extraction is critical."
Kiskajeyi - I AM READY written by Michelle Sylliboy, edited by Michael Calvert, won the 2020 Indigenous Voices Award (IVAs) in the category of Published Poetry