A collection of very short – often funny, often moving – stories and vignettes gathered during the writing of The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee that were not included in the main volume appear here in Ojibwe and English. Stories are a rich and timely accounting of contemporary life in Eeyou Istchee, the territory of the James Bay Cree of Northern Quebec. The stories are connected by diabetes, but they are not records of illness as much as they are deeply personal accounts of life in the North: the fine, swaying balances of living both in town and on the land, of family and work and studies, of healing from relocations and residential school histories while building communities of safety and challenge and joy, of hunting and hockey, and much more.
Ruth DyckFehderau is an instructor in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Alberta and a freelance writer; she also enjoys travel. She has published in literature journals and anthologies around the world, and has received awards for her writing, teaching, and activism. She won several book awards for The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee.