Read Local Month: Doug Knockwood, Mi’kmaw Elder

From March 4-10, get instant access to the eBook version of Doug Knockwood, Mi'kmaw Elder from Nova Scotia Public Libraries. No wait list!

March is Read Local Month at public libraries across Nova Scotia. Each week, a new Atlantic Canadian eBook will be featured and all library users will be able to download the book instantly: no wait list! All you need is your free public library card.

Access to the featured Read Local eBooks is specific to where you have your library card. If you are a Halifax Public Libraries user, you can visit the Read Local collection at, and if you use another Nova Scotia Public Library, head to The featured book will be highlighted at the top of the page all week for both library systems.

Week One (March 4-10)

Doug Knockwood, Mi’kmaw Elder by Doug Knockwood and Friends (Roseway Publishing). Halifax | Nova Scotia

Freeman Douglas Knockwood was a highly respected Elder in Mi’kmaw Territory and one of Canada’s premier addictions recovery counsellors. The story of his life is one of unimaginable colonial trauma, recovery and hope. At age 6, Knockwood was placed in the Shubenacadie Residential School, where he remained for a year and a half. Like hundreds of other Mi’kmaw and Maliseet children, he suffered horrible abuse. By the time he reached his twenties, he was an alcoholic. He contracted tuberculosis in the 1940s, had one lung and several ribs removed. Knockwood gained sobriety in his thirties through Alcoholics Anonymous. He went on to become a much sought after drug and alcohol rehabilitation counsellor in Canada. Many of Doug’s initiatives have been implemented across Canada and used by thousands of people. This book is an in-depth look at Doug Knockwood’s life that also casts a wide and critical glance at the forces that worked to undermine his existence.

Download the eBook now from Halifax Public Libraries or Nova Scotia Public Libraries

Doug Knockwood passed away June 16th, 2018, shortly after publishing his memoir. His obituary is posted at the Ettinger Funeral Home website. Knockwood received an honorary doctorate from Acadia University in 2015 and the order of Nova Scotia in 2016.

Book Launch of Doug Knockwood, Mi’kmaw Elder:

Interviews and Videos:

Elder to Elder: Mi’kmaw Elder Daniel Paul interviews Doug Knockwood (ABT)

Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre: Elders’ Stories

Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre: Doug Knockwood – Indian Residential School

Mi’kmaw PlaceNamesProject Interview with Doug Knockwood

Mi’kmaq Elder Doug Knockwood offers prayer for peace during the International Day of Peace Service

Further Reading:

Doug Knockwood, 88, survived rough early life to become a Mi’kmaq elder who helped people beat addictions  (The Globe and Mail)

Book Review of Doug Knockwood, Mi’kmaw Elder (The Miramichi Reader)


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Chantelle Rideout is the Manager of Programming and Member Services for the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association.

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