Human Rights Staunchly Defended by Former Canadian Indian Reserve Chief

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Disconcerted by the federal government’s efforts—or the lack thereof—author Eric John Large publishes documents rallying people to preserve life and dignity

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One fateful day, Crystal Arcand consistently repeated her objection to the use of a taxicab for her sick son’s transfer to another hospital. She begged for an ambulance which she was willing to pay for. Her plea fell on deaf ears. Dalton Halfe/Arcand died in that taxicab, while in her arms.

Crystal’s heartrending story is just one of many stories that not only cause tears to flood down, but for the passion to fight for human rights to flame up. Eric John Large, former Chief of the Saddle Lake First Nation, exposes such stories and the system that fails to serve its own people in Selected Contemporary Native Issues in Canada.

In Large’s work, he sheds light on the barriers that prevent his First Nations People from experiencing vibrant health. He points out three particular causes: the federal government’s misinterpretation of their vision of health; its low prioritization of processes that encourage the establishment of healthy First Nation communities; and the fact that attaining commitment from government for affirmative action is next to impossible.

Health care, however, is not the sole issue. The book also contains documents such as addresses, press releases, treatises, definitions and legislations that are all directed toward efforts such as revitalization of language and culture, education and youth, ultimately to preserve the diminishing indigenous lands and nation.

Honest, bold and daring, Selected Contemporary Native Issues in Canada labors to speak out the truth about the plight of the First Nations People. Although its cases may have happened some years ago, the message rings true today more than ever. It is indeed a great source of empowerment for readers who have suffered like Crystal.

This book will be featured at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 10-14, 2012.

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About the Author
Eric John Large is an Indian Residential School Coordinator and Resolution Health Support Worker. In 1978, he completed the bachelor of education degree program at the University of Alberta. Later, he attended a management studies program at Blue Quills First Nations College from 1987 to 1989. Large loves serving people in the field of native politics, federal and provincial policies, federal legislation and public services. He highly values respect for all people regardless of their origin, heritage, and belief.

Selected Contemporary Native Issues in Canada * by Eric John Large
Observations Made in The Field
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
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