A motley group’s long trek across the prairies, witnessing the land, reflecting on the past, and creating new paths for the future
The Good Walk is a memoir, travelogue, and manifesto, recounting how a growing group of dreamers instigated prairie pilgrimages on foot, starting in 2015 and continuing almost every year since. The story is steeped in Treaty Four and Treaty Six history and edged with Canadian, nêhiyaw, and Métis stories and poetry. It braids Indigenous perspectives together with rural Saskatchewan characters along routes increasingly emptied of the family farms and small towns that once defined a province. It doesn’t shy away from the clearing of the plains in the 1870s and 1880s nor the 2016 killing of Colton Boushie that again separated the rural communities from the Indigenous communities. Travel with the author through prairie storms, family histories, and humorous encounters, and bear difficult witness to the evolving politics of ownership and of racialized land access.
Readers will share the real-life adventures of a group of Indigenous and settler walkers, trekking thousands of kilometres on swollen feet along the Traders’ Road, the Battleford Trail, the Frenchman and the Fort Qu’Appelle Trails—prairie paths that haven’t been walked in over a century.
"Anderson observes and savors all the spirits and souls of life." —Louise B. Halfe, author of Sky Dancer
"Unsettles all our precious notions of a peaceable history with wisdom, erudition, and such good grace." —Trevor Herriot, author of Towards a Prairie Atonement
"Step by thoughtful step, The Good Walk guides us through the minefield of western Canada history."—Candace Savage, author of A Geography of Blood