"A guide prepared for The Aboriginal Healing Foundation by W.J. (Bill) Mussell."
Includes bibliographical references, p. 133-146.
"In my work ... I have discovered that little is known about strengths of healthy, nuclear and extended families of any of the Aboriginal cultures in Canada. This absence of information poses a huge challenge for anyone wanting to discuss how to make change in the lives of any Aboriginal population. Gender analysis of pertinent Aboriginal cultures is even more difficult to find..... In this guide, I share knowledge relevant to two target populations: (a) parents desiring to raise healthy, strong and responsible male children and youth; and (b) community workers and other leaders working with abusive and abused First Nations males. I draw on my formal education and what I learned non-formally and informally to be successful in my work as a probation officer, social worker, program planner, community leader, manager, post-secondary educator, son, brother, father, uncle and trusted friend". -- About the author, p. 23-24.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Key Definitions -- Part I: Background and overview -- Part II: Key findings from the literature review -- Part III: Key findings from interviews: Perceptions of First Nations males -- Part IV: Painting the big picture -- Part V: Grieving, healing and personal empowerment -- Part VI: Strengthening community of care -- Appendix A: Methodology -- Appendix B: Worldview -- Appendix C: The story of Pete and Sadie -- Appendix D: Relationship building -- Appendix E: Big picture -- Appendix F: Survival skills -- Appendix G: Medicine Wheel -- Appendix H: Awareness Wheel -- Appendix I: Risk and protective factors -- Appendix J: Victim-rescuer-persecutor and nurturer model -- Reference/ Bibliography.