Photo of Panellist, Brett Lamoureux, smiling on the left. On the right is the cover of Life in the City of Dirty water by Thomas Clayton-Muller repeated in a diagonal pattern. The text in the centre is on a purple background and indicates the name of the program, Canada Reads at the Library, the book being read, and the panellist defending the book, Brett.

Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller

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About the Book

There have been many Clayton Thomas-Müllers: The child who played with toy planes as an escape from domestic and sexual abuse, enduring the intergenerational trauma of Canada’s residential school system; the angry youngster who defended himself with fists and sharp wit against racism and violence, at school and on the streets of Winnipeg and small-town British Columbia; the tough teenager who, at 17, managed a drug house run by members of his family, and slipped in and out of juvie, operating in a world of violence and pain.

But behind them all, there was another Clayton: the one who remained immersed in Cree spirituality, and who embraced the rituals and ways of thinking vital to his heritage; the one who reconnected with the land during summer visits to his great-grandparents’ trapline in his home territory of Pukatawagan in northern Manitoba.

And it’s this version of Clayton that ultimately triumphed, finding healing by directly facing the trauma that he shares with Indigenous peoples around the world. Now a leading organizer and activist on the frontlines of environmental resistance, Clayton brings his warrior spirit to the fight against the ongoing assault on Indigenous peoples’ lands by Big Oil.

Tying together personal stories of survival that bring the realities of the First Nations of this land into sharp focus, and lessons learned from a career as a frontline activist committed to addressing environmental injustice at a global scale, Thomas-Müller offers a narrative and vision of healing and responsibility. (From Allen Lane) — from

About Clayton Thomas-Müller

Life in the City of Dirty Water – a short documentary film (20 min.) on GEM

A Nature Canada interview

A CBC Radio The Current interview

An author reading on The Sunday Magazine (CBC Radio)

The CBC Canada Reads page on Clayton Thomas-Müller

A CTV News article

A Vancouver Sun article website

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