This powerful book brought to life a period of history I have not encountered since my elementary textbooks. For the first time, three sides of the story were allowed to speak, bringing to light the conflicting world views which have resulted in so much pain over the centuries.
As this was my selection for bookclub, I looked for author interviewed to understand more about the story and the background. The Canada Reads debates shed light on why this book matters in a broader sense. To paraphrase Wab Kinew, giving the indigenous voices a chance to tell their stories is the only way to begin undoing the damage of colonization.