Canada’s Aboriginal Communities and Suicide: Called to Listen, Called to Understand

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By Robert Olson, Librarian, BA, MLIS


The reasons that any individual dies by suicide are multiple and complex. There are a host of psychological and biological factors that may influence someone to take his or her own life. Typically, there are many social and cultural factors that contribute to death by suicide as well (Lenaars, 2006). These particular complexities can be especially apparent in some Aboriginal communities.
Historical aspects that continue to affect Native Canadians socially and culturally to this day make suicide prevention efforts a continuing struggle. [read Full Article – PDF]

Tookits Available at

First Nations Metis Inuit Suicide Prevention ToolkitSuicide Prevention Resource Toolkit

When Aboriginal and Métis Teachers use Storytelling as an Instructional Practice

When Aboriginal and Métis Teachers use Storytelling as an Instructional Practice – PDF.

By: Melanie MacLean and Linda Wason-Ellam.

preview from the paper: “In traditional times, storytelling was used for many reasons—to teach values, beliefs, morals, history, and life skills in Indigenous communities. Storytelling still holds value as it has become a powerful and interactive instructional tool in today’s classrooms. In this naturalistic research study, the co-researchers used conversational interviewing to explicate how teachers use storytelling as a teaching practice throughout the curriculum in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Seven First Nations and Métis teacher-participants were asked how, why and when storytelling was integral to their professional practices.”- Executive Summary

EDU_RES_metis_storytelling.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Supporting Aboriginal Student Success: Self-Esteem and Identity PAPER




Supporting Aboriginal Student Success: Self-Esteem and Identity, A Living Teachings Approach
Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse
Laurentian University

The connection between Aboriginal student success and self-esteem (identity) are explored and discussed in this article. The framework in which this paper is structured follows the seven good life teachings of the Ojibwe people. Each teaching has a companion principle which is the implication for educational practice. Each section is supported with research and offers strategies for student success. The question of ‘What works?’ is central to this discussion.

Journal Article: Otitis Media: Health And Social Consequences For Aboriginal Youth In Canada’s North

Bowd, A. & Centre of Excellence for Children & Adolescents with Special Needs. (2002). Otitis media : its health, social and educational consequences particularly for Canadian Inuit, Metis, and First Nations children and adolescents. Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Published in: International Journal of Circumpolar Health 64:1 2005

Otitis media and First Nations children