Memory Keeper is a collection of stories which offers anecdotes and stories, from the author's life, living on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. These stories helped her to circumnavigate constructively the residual pain and dysfunction that is the legacy of the Residential School System. As a Registered Social Worker and Community Health Worker, Dawn Cheryl Hill does not leave the reader impacted by the shock and trauma of her stories, instead she offers a workbook companion with the published collection as a healing resource for her readers.
The memoir is endorsed by Dr. Rick Monture from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and author of We Share Our Matters: Two Centuries of Writing and Resistance at Six Nations of the Grand River (2015). He is also Associate Professor, of Indigenous Studies at McMaster University.
"Dawn Cheryl Hill’s stories and memories beautifully capture a time set between the American Indian Movement of the 1960s and the events at Oka in 1990, an era when being Indigenous was neither cool or profitable. Hers is a story that is unmistakably Haudenosaunee, yet also universally Indigenous, set between the Rez and the city, school and home, the past and the present. Her stories are honest, powerful, and painful at times, but also familiar and a comfort to so many of us who see our own family’s stories in hers. Read them and celebrate our survival, our determination, and our love for one another. A love that can often bend but surely won’t break." Rick Monture
Author interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L_fKTGicTo