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Healing Traditions

The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

edited by Laurence J. Kirmayer & Gail Guthrie Valaskakis

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ISBN:9780774815239
publisher: UBC Press
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Aboriginal peoples in Canada have diverse cultures but share common social and political challenges that have contributed to their experiences of health and illness. This collection addresses the origins of mental health and social problems and the emergence of culturally responsive approaches to services and health promotion. Healing Traditions is not a handbook of practice but a resource for thinking critically about current issues in the mental health of indigenous peoples. Cross-cutting themes include: the impact of colonialism, sedentarization, and forced assimilation; the importance of land for indigenous identity and an ecocentric self; and processes of healing and spirituality as sources of resilience.

About the Authors

Laurence J. Kirmayer

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Gail Guthrie Valaskakis was Distinguished Professor Emerita of Concordia University in Montreal and the director of research at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation in Ottawa. She was a founding member of the boards of Waseskun Healing Lodge, the Montreal Native Friendship Centre, the Native North American Studies Institute, and Manitou Community College and served on numerous boards dealing with issues involving women, First Nations, race, and culture. Her background is Chippewa and she was raised on the Lac du Flambeau reservation in Wisconsin. In 2002, she received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for her contributions to Aboriginal media and communications. Her writing on the development and impact of northern and Native communications and on issues of Aboriginal cultural studies is widely published.
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Contributor Notes

Laurence J. Kirmayer is James McGill Professor and Director of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University; Director of the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit of the Institute for Community and Family Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal; and Co-Director of the National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research. Gail Guthrie Valaskakis was Director of Research, Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Ottawa, and Co-Director of the National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research.

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Healing Traditions: The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

This collection of twenty academic papers brings together research on and reflection of Aboriginal mental health across Canada. A comparative look at similarity between indigenous peoples from other continents and Canadian Aboriginals solidifies the conclusions for self-sustainability of collective and cultural well-being. Traditional healing and the recovery of tradition itself is the recurring theme in dealing with mental illness and psychiatric disorders. This book offers a unique combination of mental health and socio-cultural perspectives. Each chapter contains Notes and References.

Caution: Some references to suicide and substance abuse.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

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