Through her book, she hopes to preserve the cultural relevance, knowledge and language of the White Bear First Nation for generations to come.
CARLYLE, Saskatchewan (PRWEB) May 14, 2015
As a child and young adult, Beatrice Blue Pipe, a Nakoda-Cree of the White Bear First Nation Community of Saskatchewan, struggled to reconcile her native heritage with what she was taught in Canada’s Christian-administered residential school system. The message she took away was this: “God hates Canada’s First People and First Nations.”
Blue Pipe’s new book, “The Bosom of Abraham: Knowledge Must Be Transmitted to the Young” (published by iUniverse), celebrates the proud White Bear First Nation Community and offers support and comfort to other members of First Nations who may be struggling with their own identities.
Written for both First Nation members and other interested parties, “The Bosom of Abraham” explores the devastating effects of certain practices and legislative policies that are still in place in First Nation Communities. Blue Pipe recounts how being taught that God hated all First People led to her feelings of anger, alcoholism and thoughts of suicide.
“The Canadian history was written by Europeans,” Blue Pipe says. “This book will show the effects of the forced assimilation policies by the Canadian government and the Christian-run residential schools. The objectives of the residential school system had catastrophic effects on generations of First Nations people, which are still prevalent to date.”
With healing through her culture’s ancient teachings and ceremonies, Blue Pipe learned to love and accept herself. Through her book, she hopes to preserve the cultural relevance, knowledge and language of the White Bear First Nation for generations to come.
“The Bosom of Abraham”
By Beatrice Blue Pipe
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 90 pages | ISBN 9781491753583
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 90 pages | ISBN 9781491753569
E-Book | 90 pages | ISBN 9781491753576
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Beatrice Blue Pipe is a Nakoda-Cree woman from the White Bear First Nation Community in southeastern Saskatchewan. A certified life-skills coach, she advocates for cultural programming as well as the preservation and restoration of the Nakoda language and culture. She graduated with honors from the Brandon University in Manitoba.
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