L. Jane McMillan’s Truth and Conviction: Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi’kmaw Quest for Justice (2018). McMillan first saw a documentary about this story of wrongful conviction and imprisonment in 1991, when she left Ontario for Halifax, to study marine biology.
A rebroadcast inspired by the death of Donald Marshall Sr, it was a timely discovery for her, because three weeks later, she would meet Donald Marshall Jr, at the Misty Moon, where Jeff Healey was playing.
It had been ten years since the Marshall Inquiry exposed the errors and systemic racism which resulted in his wrongful conviction.
They fell in love, she changed her major to anthropology, and in 1993, they were charged with fishing without a license (which denied the fishing and hunting rights protected for the Mi’kmaq [sic] in the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1760-1).
“I came to realize that the rage-infused racism—the rawness of discrimination—was far more widespread than I had ever imagined. It was ugly. It was violent. It was inhumane.”