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Aboriginal People


PDF | Vol. 5, No. 1 (2008)

This issue of Visions stirs new ground like no other issue has. If you identify yourself as Aboriginal, First Nation, Inuit or Metis, you will likely find much that resonates with you. If you don't indentify yourself that way, you will still learn a lot from this issue about the role of identity, culture, empowerment and community. Our amazing contributors have weaved mental well-being and wellness into a complex tapestry with spiritual, phsycial and social well-being, as well as the historical unjustices and current realities faced by many Aboriginal people including family violence and abuse, child neglect, trauma, discrimination, poverty, and homelessness.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Cultural Pathways for Decolonization
    (Bill Mussell)

  • Aboriginal Mental Health—The Statistical Reality
    (Saman Khan)

  • Charting the Future of Native Mental Health in Canada
    (Terry Adler)

  • Research Summary: Aboriginal Peoples' Experiences of Mental Health and Addictions Care
    (Victoria Smye)

  • Spirit Beads, Resilience and Residential School
    (Madeleine Dion Stout)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Everything is Related: Unemployment, mental health and addictions—and the need for cooperative action
    (Andy Sibbald)

  • Earl Joe's Story
    (Donna Panitow)

  • "Cowboy Dave"— Just One Story from the Cariboo Streets
    (Wayne Lucier)

  • Banishing the Shame From My Life
    (Ron Nunn)

  • Once Upon a Time in the Big City
    (Kristine Sinclair)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Harm Reduction and Abstinence— More Alike Than Different?
    (Colleen Dell)

  • Aboriginal Ethics Guide Ethical Research
    (Marlene Castellano)

  • Seeking Health Care at Emergency Departments—Access issues affecting Aboriginal people
    (Annette Browne)

  • Canada's Indian Residential School System— Historical Trauma and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation
    (Wayne Spear)

Regional Programs

  • Unprecedented Collaboration— Four Nations in Northern BC
    (Sandra Olson)

  • Surviving the Fall— DVD
    (Marie Nightingale)

  • Toward Blending the Best of Two Worlds— The Fraser Region Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health Teams
    (Janit Doyle and Virge Silveria)

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