Indigenous Peoples and Dementia: New Understandings of Memory Loss and Memory Care is edited by Wendy Hulko, Danielle Wilson, and Jean E. Balestrery. In 2017 Canada passed legislation to create a national dementia strategy. Commissioned provincial reports refer to the reduction of the ‘economic burden of dementia’ with little emphasis on persons with dementia as citizens who had rights to dignity and care.
Case Critical, Social Services and Social Justice in Canada by Banakonda Kennedy-Kish (Bell), Awnjibinayseekwe Change Thunderbird Eagle Woman, is Bear Clan, Bowating, from Rank Reserve, Sault Ste Marie, Raven Sinclair Nehiyaw (Cree), Ben Carniol and Donna Baines, is published by Between the Lines and is now in its 7th edition. After a preface, this book begins with Ntamkidwinan First Words with a welcome of four voices including an Anishinaabe Elder’s perspective on four foundational principles: kindness, honesty, sharing, strength.
tawâw, progressive Indigenous cuisine, by Shane Chartrand, Cree/Metis/Mi'kmaw, is the result of his years spent years learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that show his diverse interest and unique personality. This book contains 75 recipes and is part cookbook, part exploration of ingredients and techniques. tawâw is filled with ideas, education, recipes and inspiration.
Legacy: Trauma, Story and Indigenous Healing by Suzanne Methot, Nehiyaw writer, editor, educator and community worker comprises ten chapters. This book opens with a chapter on How things work and Why Stories Matter, citing reports on psychological and emotional abuse in Indigenous communities and the impact of intergenerational trauma, delegitimizing the notion that current challenges within Indigenous communities are the result of inherent deficiencies in Indigenous peoples and cultures.
Going Back Home is the story of Noreen’s experiences before and after residential school and foster homes. Through a series of dreams, which at times appear as real life to her, Noreen tries to make sense of all that has happened to her and her family especially her siblings during and after their lives in residential school and foster homes. She questions her indecisiveness; her explicable feeling of inadequacy and her powerlessness.
‘Journey to Healing: Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues: What health, social service and justice workers need to know’ is a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health publication. This book begins with a reminder that healing is an individual and collective process. Healing is sacred and requires helpers to be in the moment and with the clients’ ancestors. This implies relationships and partnerships with and between Aboriginal communities and mainstream organizations using Western and Aboriginal healing perspectives.
The six sections of this book provide a structure for introducing the concept of special populations for health care, research and policy and the social determinants of those in need of increased attention due to their experiences of adversity, trauma, and other barriers to health. In this book public health is not only a set of programs and services but a way of thinking about health challenges and ways of working to address broad social determinants.
'Speaking our Truth A Journey of Reconciliation' Teacher Guide is an excellent complement to Speaking Our Truth published in 2017. Embark on your journey of reconciliation in the classroom by using this comprehensive guide to help you build an inquiry-based unit plan focused on Indigenous teachings. Begin the journey by thinking with your heart and packing for your journey with a teacher's checklist, practice ongoing collaborative practices by keeping a reflection journal for example and use daily strategies for meaningful learning.
‘No Surrender: The Land Remains Indigenous’ is an analysis of the federal government of Canada’s steadfast wedding to the written texts of Treaties, especially Treaty One to Treaty Seven and their context. Krasowski’s work discusses how the government has reneged on its fiduciary Treaty obligations and done little to reach a common understanding with Treaty First Nations that reflect oral accounts in order to acknowledge the original intent of the Treaty Relationship.
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age Story, the engaging, honest and thought provoking memoir by Cree author Darrel J McLeod is the 2018 Governor General English Literary Award winner for non-fiction. Mamaskatch —named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared—is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles.