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Disconnection and the yearning for connection have long propelled my writing.

As a settler Canadian, I am currently exploring my implication in disconnecting the Indigenous peoples of this country from their home lands.

Heather Menzies


Probing the ancestral roots of disconnection first took me to Scotland.

Reconnecting with my ancestral land and dispossession from it prepared me for the work I’m doing now.


Reconciliation challenges everyone, not just governments & institutions. Meeting my Treaty Kin is my story of taking on this challenge: grappling with colonialism’s hold on my own thinking & opening my eyes to the healing potential of reconciliation, including reconciliation with the earth.


I have spent decades speaking authoritatively to large national and international audiences.

Increasingly, I am drawn to the connections of smaller groups and talking circles.

Meeting My Treaty Kin

A Journey Toward Reconciliation

Introduction to ‘Meeting My Treaty Kin – A Journey Toward Reconciliation’.

It’s hard enough facing the truth about residential schools. It’s even harder to face how the colonial and white-superiority thinking behind those schools’ long existence continues to shadow the thinking of non-Indigenous Canadians – like me.

I only started facing this truth – and realizing how much it hinders reconciliation — when I put myself in a position to meet and work with some Nishnaabe in Southwestern Ontario. It’s a part of their territory where an 1827 treaty with their forebears set the stage for my forebears setting there in 1832.
Here’s the book I’ve written about that experience – of being challenged to change, and changing – or starting to.

Come, listen to how it begins.

To know what happens next, buy the book, and join me on this path I’ve found toward reconciliation.

It’s a healing journey.

Heather’s Blog

Protesting the Cancellation of ‘Sisters’

Protesting the Cancellation of ‘Sisters’

I want to share my outrage that Wendy Lill’s play Sisters, about nuns running a residential school, was cancelled mid-run in Victoria, B.C. last week, on the grounds that it is “offensive.” As a writer who’s only recently taken up the challenge that reconciliation...

Heather Menzies awarded Order of Canada

Heather Menzies awarded Order of Canada to honour her contributions to public discourse.

His Excellency presents the MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA insignia to Heather Anne Menzies, C.M.

Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, bestowed the honour on 35 Members and 10 Officers.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

Photo Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG.

I am listening and trying to learn what healing our treaty relations with each other and the earth might mean.   I am sharing this journey with you, building on Reclaiming the Commons  praised by Noam Chomsky as “an admirable, even noble vision”.

Heather Menzies received the honour of the Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Jury Statement:

“In this eloquent memoir written from the heart, Menzies takes the reader on a fascinating trip to the Scotland of her ancestors to examine and retrace life on the Scottish Commons.


With a light and at times poetic touch, she offers her insights into how the venerable wisdom of sharing and caring for the land might be applied today.


A unique combination of memoir and manifesto, Reclaiming the Commons urges us to become participants in changing our world for the common good.”

~ Dr. Richard T. Clippingdale, Suzanne Evans and merilyn simonds

Read more about the city’s Book Award and Announcement.
Ottawa Citizen featured the winners, so read more.