Northern Wildflower

by Catherine Lafferty  foreword by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson  

This is the story of how a young northern girl picked herself up out of the rough and polished herself off like the diamond that she is in the land of the midnight sun.

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  • September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781773630403
  • 158 pages
  • $23.00
  • For sale worldwide
  • Kindle November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781773630427
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  • EPUB November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781773630410
  • $22.99
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Northern Wildflower is the beautifully written and powerful memoir of Catherine Lafferty. With startling honesty and a distinct voice, Lafferty tells her story of being a Dene woman growing up in Canada’s North and her struggles with intergenerational trauma, discrimination, poverty, addiction, love, and loss. Focusing on the importance of family ties, education, spiritualism, cultural identity, health, happiness, and the courage to speak the truth, Lafferty’s words bring cultural awareness and relativity to Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers alike, giving insight into the real issues many Indigenous women face and dispelling misconceptions about what life in the North is like.

Biography/Memoir Indigenous Resistance & Decolonization

What people are saying

Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed

Catherine Lafferty’s life story as a daughter and mother wanting more for her family and for herself is so completely inspiring. Northern Wildflower is a celebration of soul, grace and dignity.  I am floored with the talent, courage and heart inside this wonderful debut.

Quill and Quire, January 2018

“Lafferty has pulled this off with disarming honesty and grace.”


Catherine Lafferty

Catherine Lafferty (Katłı̨̀ą) is a northern Dene woman who spends her time between her ancestral homelands in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Lekwungen Speaking Peoples Coast Salish Territory. She is also the author of This House Is Not a HomeLand-Water-Sky / Ndè-Tı-Yat’a and Firekeeper.


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