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Larry Krotz: Diagnosing the Legacy

Diagnosing the Legacy, by Larry Krotz, is not just about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Indigenous youth but also about colonialism, history, the future of healthcare, and how personal narratives are part of a bigger picture. In this list, Krotz recommends further reading on these topics.

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Diagnosing the Legacy began as a medical history documenting the work of pediatric endocrinologists in Manitoba responding over a period of 30 years to a mystifying new condition in Indigenous children originally from remote northern First Nations.  

However, by the time research and writing was finished, the book had turned into something much more. It turned out to be impossible to tell the historic or medical story without encountering and taking into account explosive side issues, including how the diabetes crisis necessitated (and continues to necessitate) exploration of new ways to deliver health care; the importance of providing documentation of family and community struggles; and an exploration of how poverty and colonialism affect health.

These all encompass a field where much more study will ensue—and will be built on the work of many other scholars an …

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Warming Winter Minds: Guest Post by Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson

Winter is a traditional storytelling time for Indigenous peoples living in North America. In the past, family members would spend their cold winter nights listening to Elders as they sat near the fire and told the stories that sustained the community. Some of these stories were every day stories, while others contained family and community laws and had strict protocols around the telling – but all contained lessons embedded in the multiple layers of meaning. Each community member, young or old took their own lesson out of the telling – lessons that would unfold and change over time.

As an urban Cree/Metis mom & writer, running as fast as everyone else in this speedy 21st century world, I don’t have the benefit of sitting with teachers by the fireplace every night. But I do have Elders that I work with, as well as books of traditional knowledge that warm and sustain me. I have recently been working with Elders for an oral history project on Indigenous masculinities, and three of the men I have interviewed are also authors. Tom Porter, Dominique Rankin and Rene Meshake share stories from their respective traditions (Mohawk, Algonquin, and Ojibway) through books in English and French, although they integrate their Indigenous languages throughout as a way of fu …

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