The second edition of the groundbreaking collection The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee includes an epilogue with an update on each storyteller.
Ruth DyckFehderau and twenty-seven storytellers offer a rich and timely accounting of contemporary life in Eeyou Istchee, the territory of the James Bay Cree of Northern Quebec. The stories are connected by diabetes, but they are not records of illness as much as they are deeply personal accounts of life in the North: the fine, swaying balances of living both in town and on the land, of family and work and studies, of healing from relocations and residential school histories while building communities of safety and challenge and joy, of hunting and hockey, and much more.
Sweet Bloods is essential reading for anyone who knows anyone with diabetes, and for anyone interested in a contemporary rendering of one of Canada’s vibrant, thriving, and highly adaptive Indigenous communities.
CORRECTION to The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree: Second Edition (2020). Stories by James Bay Cree Storytellers. Written by Ruth DyckFehderau. Published by Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.
In “Some Notes About This Book,” on page 1, we have made an error.
The second paragraph begins with this sentence: “The James Bay Cree of Northern Québec, at time of writing, are made up of ten (out of 63411) distinct First Nations communities of Canada.”
There are 634 distinct First Nations communities of Canada, not 6341. The sentence should read as follows: “The James Bay Cree of Northern Québec, at time of writing, are made up of ten (out of 6341) distinct First Nations communities of Canada.”
We regret the error.