KITASKINO: Key Issues, Challenges and Visions for Northern Aboriginal Communities in Canada

Edited By: Herman J. Michell, PhD., & Cathy H.G. Wheaton


KITASKINO, (a Cree term that speaks to our collective responsibility as humans to ensure the protection of the earth, lakes, and rivers as they are foundational to Aboriginal worldviews, traditional values, ways of knowing, and languages), is a collection of northern-based articles designed to fill the need for northern-based authorship that highlights the social, historical, cultural, economic, political, and educational issues of concern to Aboriginal communities across Canada. Part-I provides current foundational issues for northern peoples. Part-II examines the impact change has and is having on northern peoples. Part-III provides current research findings, and suggests areas of need pertaining to future research endeavours.

  • ISBN: 978-0-9919441-7-0
    Price: $32.00
    Binding: Paperback
    Date: 2014
    Rights: World
    Size: 6″ x 9″

  • Table of Contents

    Table of Contents

    PART I: Foundations for Northern Peoples
    A People of Nation Caralit and their Southern Inuit Descendants: Exploring the Inuit Presence in the “Unknown Labrador”
    By: Maura Hanrahan, PhD

    Reconnection to the Land through Traditional Lifestyles
    By: Rose Roberts, RN,PhD

    Cree Sources of Knowledge: Spirituality and Law
    By: Jenni Wastesicoot, PhD (Can.)

    PART II: Dealing with the Impacts of Change
    The Inuit of Nunavik: Urbanization as a Product of Colonialism
    By: Elizabeth Fast, PhD., Nico Trocmé, MSW, PhD., & Nicole Ives, PhD

    Health and Health Care in the North: The Determinants of Northern Health
    By: Heather Exner-Pirot, PhD., & Lorna Butler, PhD

    Responding to Crime in the North the Opaskwayak Way
    By: John G. Hansen, PhD., Darlene Lanceley, MA., & Rose Antsanen

    We Feel Like and Indangered Specis: The Inuit and Toxic Chemicals in the Canadian Arctic
    By; Bruce E. Johansen, PhD

    PART III: Examining and Influencing the Research
    Culturally Relevant Services
    By: Tammy Stubley, MSW., & Marcela Rojas, MSW

    Exploring Key Studies in Education: A Focus on Northern Saskatchewan Aboriginal Communities
    By: Herman J. Michell, PhD., & Shirley Morin, MNGD

    Offering Tobacco in Exchange for Stories: The Ethic of Reciprocity in First Nations Research
    By: Herman J. Michell, PhD.

    About the Authors

  • Herman J. Michell, PhD., & Cathy H.G. Wheaton

    Herman Michell, PhD is a Member of the Barren Lands First Nation, and President & CEO of the Northern Teacher Education Program and the Northern Professional Access College in La Ronge, SK.

    Cathy Wheaton, MNGD is a Member of Lac La Ronge Indian Band in northern Saskatchewan. Cathy completed her Master of Northern Governance and Development in 2011 and now works for Lac La Ronge Indian Band as the Director of Social Development.

  • I appreciate how this book was developed through an Indigenous lens that introduces the reader to a diverse landscape of historical and contemporary realities for Aboriginal peoples in northern Canada. The richness of story-telling and teachings combined with other research based explorations is an excellent resource for educators, students and anyone in Canada who requires a better understanding of northern-based Aboriginal life. As a ‘southern’ Indigenous academic I want to ensure that my students develop an awareness of diverse Indigenous locations in Canada. This book will provide an essential northern perspective.

    Jeannine Carrière, PhD

    Associate Professor
    School of Social Work
    University of Victoria

    KITASKINO is a critical text exposing many mistaken beliefs about northern communities. This book proposes key areas for immediate attention and calls for action to help reverse and curb adversities. Clear chapter summaries and provocative study questions ignite a brighter worldview toward a healthy North and offer hope. This book is holding the feather. The North is speaking now.

    Karla Henderson, PhD

    Department of Sociology and Criminology
    St. Mary’s University

    This book sheds light on the social, historical, cultural, economic, political and educational challenges that continue to be faced in Canada’s north. Heart-felt contributions from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal northern scholars alike make this a valuable resource for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the diverse and varied perspectives, worldviews, and values that shape, and are shaped by, Canada’s northern landscape.

    Debbie Martin, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    School of Health and Human Performance
    Dalhousie University