In September 2015, Sheila North was declared the Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), the first woman elected to the position. Known as a “bridge builder”, North is a member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation. North’s work in advocacy journalism, communications, and economic development harnessed her passion for drawing focus to systemic racism faced by Indigenous women and girls. She is the creator of the widely used hashtag #MMIW. In her memoir, Sheila North shares the stories of the events that shaped her, and the violence that nearly stood in the way of her achieving her dreams. Through perseverance and resilience, she not only survived, she flourished.
“Most importantly, My Privilege, My Responsibility is an eloquently detailed experience of the life of an Indigenous woman — a story desperately lacking in our current popular culture.” — The Manitoban.
“My Privilege, My Responsibility is an engaging book with many insights into the issues Indigenous people face, told through the perspective of someone who has witnessed or experienced these struggles. ” — The Winnipeg Free Press
“Sheila’s inspiring book is full of consistent optimism through her journey of more tougher circumstances than a young person should be presented with. Upon conclusion, the reader truly understands how each of us are a wiser composition of all our life experiences and that success is a complex result spurred on from turbulent adventures.” — Nick Logan, GlobalNews
“My Privilege, My Responsibility is a deeply moving, heartbreaking, empowering and dynamic memoir. Sheila North’s work as a journalist, an activist and a leader is awe inspiring. It is an important book to read for all Canadians who seek a deeper understanding of the effects that colonization, systemic racism and the generations of malicious government policies have on the indigenous peoples of Canada. It is a story of hope, beauty, love of family and community. Sheila North’s personal journey is an inspiring lesson in strength, kindness, determination and true leadership. ” — Gabrielle Miller, star of Corner Gas