Recovery and Healing in Helen Knott’s In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience

Helen Knott writes a gut-wrenching memoir which bravely recounts her struggles with sexual violence and addiction. She explores themes of losing herself to the trauma of being raped, which leads to self-destruction through drugs and alcohol. Ultimately she finds herself by looking to the women and family around her to see herself clearly. Becoming whole means incorporating Indigenous culture back into her life. Knott condemns Canada and settler colonial violence and narrates her journey to healing by overcoming the shame and guilt they both inflict.

Knott, Helen. Photo of Helen Knott. Instagram, photographed by Tenille Campbell, 11 Mar 2019, www.instagram.com/p/Bu41TGdlm0H/?igshid=cdpmyhb2egai.
Knott, Helen. Photo of Knott’s book: In My Own Moccassins: A Memoir of Resilience. Instagram, 23 Aug. 2019, www.instagram.com/p/B1hwl60l--m/?igshid=14uhxvr9efbgr
Knott, Helen. Photo of Helen Knott. Instagram, photographed by Tenille Campbell, 17 Oct. 2018, www.instagram.com/p/CDy47a7n2_4/?igshid=12bysftq4cl2u.
Knott, Helen. Photo of Helen Knott with her grandmother. Instagram, 1 Jun. 2020, www.instagram.com/p/Bjd80vRADNz/?igshid=e6guzvgy6yrn

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