Towards a Prairie Atonement with Trevor Herriot

2017 03 Apr
Towards a Prairie Atonement with Trevor Herriot

Towards a Prairie Atonement addresses the question of our relationship with the land. Enlisting the help of a Metis Elder, Trevor Herriot revisits the history of one corner of the Great Plains.

This book's lyrical blend of personal narrative, prairie history, imagery, and argument begins with the cause of protecting native grassland on community pastures. As the narrative unfolds, however, Herriot, the award-winning author of Grass, Sky, Song and River in a Dry Land, finds himself recruited into the work of reconciliation.

Facing his own responsibility as a descendent of settlers, he connects today's ecological disarray to the legacy of Metis dispossession and the loss of their community lands. With Indigenous and settler people alienated from one another and from the grassland itself, hope and courage are in short supply. This book offers both by proposing an atonement that could again bring people and prairie together.

Please join  us for an evening of discussion about this book with the award-winning author, Trevor Herriot.

Copies of Towards a Prairie Atonement will be available for purchase and author signing.

 7:30 PM
Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa
414 Sparks Street, Ottawa ON K1R 0B2

Presented by The Canadian Council of Churches 

Co-Sponsors: The Canadian Council of Churches and Citizens for Public Justice

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"A sensitive, layered introspective on truth and reconciliation, the book guides us through an examination of 200 years of Metis residence on the prairie - land use, loss of the commons, displacement and subsequent conervation issues. It challenges us to re-examine our stewardship responsibilities for the Aspen Parkland and our relationships with Indigenous people." - Lawrence J. Barkwell, Louis Riel Institute, And author of The Battle of Seven Oaks: A Metis Perspective

"A heartfelt ode to the grasslands of the northern Great Plains. Starting with and threading through this small book is a detailed and mostly little known history of the Metis people and their intense and passionate engagement with the prairie." - Sharon Butala, Author of Wild Rose and The Forthcoming memoir Where I live Now

About the Author

Trevor Herriot is an award-winning author and a naturalist. Married with four children, Trevor and his wife, Karen, have a home in Regina and a small cabin in the Aspen Parkland prairie south of Indian Head. He is the author of many books including The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire, and Soul, Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds, and River in a Dry Land: a Prairie Passage. His writing has appeared in the Globe & Mail and Canadian Geographic, as well as several anthologies. Trevor has written two radio documentaries for CBC Ideas and is a regular guest on CBC Radio Saskatchewan’s Blue Sky. You can check out his blog at