Amber, Bev, Chantel, Jazmyne, Faith, and Jorgina are six Indigenous women previously involved in street gangs or street lifestyles. In Indigenous Women and Street Gangs they collaborate with Robert Henry (Métis) to share an emancipatory expression of their lives through photovoice. Each author shares a narrative that begins with her earliest memory and continues to the present. This is followed by a selection of photographs the woman took to show how she has changed with her experiences. Readers can expect difficult life stories imbued with hope and humour. Throughout, these women show us the meaning of survivance; a process of survival, resistance, resurgence, and growth.
“Don’t ever fucking feel sorry for me. Why do you feel sorry for me? First of all, you shouldn’t feel sorry for me; you should be happy for me because I am here. We’re fucking human beings. We have been through shit, made some bad choices and mistakes. But like I said, in the end, if I want the help, I will ask.” -Chantel
“I don’t think there is any such thing as bad; it’s called healing, you know? It is starting to fix yourself inside your heart, you know? You just got to keep doing it, that’s all I got to say.” -Jazmyne
About the authors
Robert Henry is Métis from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Indigenous Studies.
Excerpt: Indigenous Women and Street Gangs: Survivance Narratives (by (author) Amber, Bev, Chantel, Jazmyne, Faith, Jorgina & Robert Henry)
“Listen to their words so you can come to see these women for who they feel they are, not as statistics or storylines that reinforce the separations between us—separations that keep us from building true relationships.” -from the Introduction