i am femme, i am fireweed
Fireweed is a collection of poetry that explores the rawness, trauma, and realities of adolescence compounded with the experience of being a young, Indigenous, and two-spirit intergenerational residential school survivor. Rooted in the symbolism and growth of fireweed, a flower native to the northwest of Canada, this collection takes readers through the hurt, healing, love, and spreading that encompassed the first 23 years of the author’s attempt to find truth, safety and connection. Grounded in the simplicity of words and the illustration of the north, this book is a powerful window into the process of finding oneself while reclaiming culture and identity.
Fireweed is a debut poetry collection by Tunchai Redvers of the Deninu K’ue First Nation. It is a four-part collection of poetry whose sections are titled: “Devastation: the hurt,” “Rebirth: the healing,” “Grounded: the love,” and “Seeds: the spreading.” Redvers dedicates her book to Indigenous youth, Indigenous women, and two-spirit people who are quite literally dying to not only have relevant content and support available to them, but content and support that is healing and hopeful.