Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press,Women’s Press
263 pages
6 x 9 inches
January 2012
Print ISBN: 9781894549219
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Overview

This collection of seventeen essays presents original and critical perspectives from writers, scholars and activists on issues that are pertinent to Aboriginal women and their communities in both rural and urban settings in Canada. Their contributions explore the critical issues facing Native women as they rebuild and revive their communities.

Through topics such as the role of tradition, reclaiming identities and protecting Native children and the environment, they identify the restraints that shape their actions and the inspirations that feed their visions.The contributors address issues of youth, health and sexual identity; women's aging, sexuality and health; caring for children and adults living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; First Nations education and schooling; community-based activism on issues of prostitution and sex workers; and reclaiming cultural identity through art and music.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction: For the Betterment of Our Nations
Bonita Lawrence & Kim Anderson


Part I: Coming Home


Chapter 1: Where the Spirits Live: Women Rebuilding a Non-Status Mi'kmaq Community
Gertie Mai Muise

Chapter 2: The Drum Keeps Beating: Recovering a Mohawk Identity
Laura Schwager

Chapter 3: From the Stories that Women Tell: The Métis Women's Circle
Carole Leclair & Lynn Nicholson with Métis Elder Elize Hartley

Chapter 4: The Eagle Has Landed: Native Women, Leadership and Community Development
Sylvia Maracle

Chapter 5: Strong Spirit, Fractured Identity: An Ojibway Adoptee's Journey to Wholeness
Shandra Spears


Part II: Asking Questions


Chapter 6: Tribal Feminism Is a Drum Song
Rosanna Deerchild

Chapter 7: She No Speaks and Other Colonial Constructs of "The Traditional Woman"
Dawn Martin-Hill

Chapter 8: Approaching the Fourth Mountain: Native Women and the Ageing Process
Bonita Lawrence

Chapter 9: Arts and Letters Club: Two-Spirited Women Artists and Social Change
Nancy Cooper

Chapter 10: The Healing Power of Women's Voices
Zainab Amadahy

Chapter 11: Aboriginal Women's Action Network
Fay Blaney


Part III: Rebuilding Our Communities


Chapter 12: Vital Signs: reading Colonialism in Contemporary Adolescent Family Planning
Kim Anderson

Chapter 13: Creating a Community-Based School
Jean Knockwood

Chapter 14: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teachers Among Us
Rebecca Martell

Chapter 15: From Victims to Leaders: Activism against Violence towards Women
Cyndy Baskin

Chapter 16: The Truth About Us: Living in the Aftermath of the Ipperwash Crisis
Shelly E. Bressette

Chapter 17: Coming Full Circle: A Young Man's Perspective on Building Gender Equity in Aboriginal Communities
Carl Fernández

Selected Bibliography

Contributors

Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published over thirty book chapters and journal articles and is also the principal investigator for two SSHRC research projects: Bidwewidam Indigenous Masculinities (2011-2014) and Indigenous Knowledge Translation in Urban Aboriginal Settings (2014-2017). Anderson is a long-standing advocate for Indigenous women and families and is regularly involved in community-based research and teaching in this area.

A Recognition of Being, A Recognition of Being, 2nd Edition, Strong Women Stories

Bonita Lawrence

Bonita Lawrence (Mi'kmaq) is Assistant Professor at Queen's University in Kingston where she teaches Women's Studies and Indigenous Studies.


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