I am a settler writer and researcher who lives in Menahkwesk/Saint John, New Brunswick.
Thanks to my grandmother, I can trace my North American roots to what my maternal ancestors called Plymouth Colony and the Mayflower, and on my father’s side, to a German tradesman in early eighteenth-century Philadelphia. My ancestors lived in the lands of the Wamponoag, Massachusett, and Narragansett when the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1725 and 1752 were ratified with Wabanaki nations, and some had moved to Mi’kma’ki when the Treaty of 1760-61 was ratified. Some of my mother’s ancestors came to what is now eastern Canada following the Paris Treaty of 1783, while some of my father’s ancestors, one of eight families known today in southeastern New Brunswick as the “Permanent Settlers,” came in 1766, attracted by the large tracts of land that were being offered for development by a company administered by Benjamin Franklin. Those ancestors were offered 200 acres of “good” Mi’kmaw land for every family unit consisting of at least five Protestants.
My ancestors’ promise to live in Wabanakik in relationship to and with Wabanaki people is the primary context of my current work. You can read more about some of my previous writing here.