One Second at a Time : My Story of Pain and Reclamation

SKU: 9780774880978

Diane Morrisseau with Elisabeth Brannigan
Anishinabe, Ojibway
Book Type:
Purich Books
Copyright Date:

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Written by Diane Morrisseau, an Elder and counsellor from Sagkeeng First Nation, and Elisabeth Brannigan.

Bullied and abused at the Fort Alexander Indian Residential day school, Diane Morrisseau fought back and left school at the age of fifteen. Despite her strength, a childhood of trauma and abuse led her into the arms of Edgar Olson, and by sixteen, the young Ojibway-Anishinabe woman had given birth to her first child and married the man who would become her tormentor for the next eighteen years.

Notoriously violent, her abuser was aided and abetted by the systems of colonialism that failed to protect Diane during her childhood. Edgar was able to keep Diane and her children trapped in a cycle of violence for years, without being held accountable by law or society.

What could have been a chronicle of unrelenting hardship instead becomes a narrative of how, in horrific circumstances, Diane found the strength to survive, reclaim her life, and eventually thrive. Today she draws meaning from her painful past, counseling women, children and men experiencing similarly difficult circumstances.

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