Dr. Josie C. Auger

MY PEOPLE’S BLOOD, Indigenous Sexual Health Recovery, by Dr. Josie C. Auger, was recently launched at Northern Lakes College, Wabasca-Desmarais, Alberta.

Colonization has impacted the gender roles and sexuality of Indigenous peoples. Through unhealed molestation and abuse First Nations communities are seeing the impact of HIV/AIDS. A series of three plays were developed with a group of First Nation youth and Elders to address the impacts of the virus that causes AIDS in an Indigenous community. My People’s Blood: Indigenous Sexual Health Recovery is about giving voice to those stories that hurt, blame and shame.

WISDOM from our First Nations, a book for young readers, includes chapters featuring 12 elders from across North America sharing their stories:
– Comanche Elder, LaDonna Harris
– Morongo Elder, Ernest Silva
– Metis Elder, Jacqueline Guest
– Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation Elder, Percy Henry
– Cahuilla Elder, Nella Heredia
– Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Elder, Jim Northrup
– Kwanlin Dun First Nation Elder, Judy Gingell
– Xwisten First Nation Elder, Christine Jack
– Ojibwe Elder, Mark Bellcourt
– Siksika Nation Elder, Bert Crowfoot
– Navajo Elder, Louva Dahozy
– Mohegan Elder, Faith Davison

Ernie Louttit

Retired Saskatoon police officer, was born in northern Ontario, a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation. In 1987, he joined the Saskatoon Police. Ernie was the third aboriginal police officer in the force’s history. He spent nearly his entire career as a uniformed patrol officer and eventually was promoted to sergeant. He retired in 2013 and recently published “Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership”.

Frank Christopher Busch

A member of of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in Manitoba, he worked at a law firm during the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. There he interviewed hundreds of survivors and wrote their stories for their claim against the Government of Canada. He wrote Grey Eyes, a novel, in response to the message he received over and over from residential school survivors: “I just want my culture back.”