Me Tomorrow: Indigenous Views on the Future is the fourth book in the series Me Funny, Me Artsy and Me Sexy and edited by Drew Hayden Taylor of Curve Lake First Nation in Central Ontario. In Me Tomorrow, Darrel J. McLeod, Cree author from Treaty-8 territory in Northern Alberta, blends the four elements of the Indigenous cosmovision with the four directions of the medicine wheel to create a prayer for the power, strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples. Autumn Peltier, Anishinaabe water-rights activist, tells the origin story of her present and future career in advocacy—and how the nine months she spent in her mother’s womb formed her first water teaching. When the water breaks, like snow melting in the spring, new life comes. Lee Maracle, acclaimed Stó:lo Nation author and educator, reflects on cultural revival—imagining a future a century from now in which Indigenous people are more united than ever before. Other essayists include Cyndy and Makwa Baskin, Norma Dunning, Shalan Joudry, Shelley Knott-Fife, Tracie Léost, Stephanie Peltier, Romeo Saganash, Drew Hayden Taylor and Raymond Yakeleya. For readers who want to imagine the future, and to cultivate a better one, Me Tomorrow is a journey through the visions generously offered by a diverse group of Indigenous thinkers. Discussing everything from language renewal to sci-fi, this collection is a powerful and important expression of imagination rooted in social critique, cultural experience, traditional knowledge, activism and the multifaceted experiences of Indigenous people on Turtle Island. First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists, activists, educators and writers, youth and Elders come together to envision Indigenous futures in Canada and around the world.
Cyndy Baskin, PhD, is of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent. Her clan is the Fish and her Spirit name translates as something like The Woman Who Passes on the Teachings. Minadoo Makwa Baskin (Spirit-Bear) is Ojibwe and Mi’kmaq, of Bear clan teachings from Beausoleil First Nation. Dr. Norma Dunning is an Edmonton-based Inuk writer, professor and grandmother. Shelley Knott Fife, an Anishnaabekwe, resides where she was raised, in her home community of Curve Lake First Nation. Jordanna George is an artist from the T’Sou-ke Nation, raised in Sooke, British Columbia, now living in the Vancouver area on Tsleil-Waututh territory. shalan joudry is a Mi’kmaw poet, playwright, oral storyteller and ecologist. She lives with her family in their community of L’sətkuk (Bear River First Nation), in shalan’s home territory of Kespukwitk, in southwest Nova Scotia. Amos Key Jr. is a member of the Mohawk Nation. Tracie Léost is an award-winning young Métis leader, activist and athlete from St. Laurent, Manitoba, in Treaty 1 territory. Clarence Louie has been Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band for eighteen terms. Lee Maracle, a member of the Stó:lō Nation, is an award-winning author and a Traditional Teacher. Darrel J. McLeod is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Northern Canada, Treaty 8. Autumn Peltier is from Wikwemikong First Nation/Manitoulin Island and is of Ojibway/Odawa heritage. She is the Anishinabek Nation chief water commissioner. Romeo Saganash, born on the land, is a Cree jurist from the boreal forest near his community of Waswanipi, Québec. Drew Hayden Taylor was born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation in Central Ontario. Raymond Yakeleya is an award-winning Sahtú Dene filmmaker, producer, director and writer.