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The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee

Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree: Second Edition

by (author) Ruth DyckFehderau

with James Bay Cree Storytellers

Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Indigenous Studies, Diabetes
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The second edition of the groundbreaking collection The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee includes an epilogue with an update on each storyteller.
Ruth DyckFehderau and twenty-seven storytellers offer 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.
Sweet Bloods is essential reading for anyone who knows anyone with diabetes, and for anyone interested in a contemporary rendering of one of Canada’s vibrant, thriving, and highly adaptive Indigenous communities.
This book is published by Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay and distributed by WLU Press.

About the authors

Ruth DyckFehderau has written two nonfiction books with James Bay Cree storytellers: The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree (2017, 2nd Ed 2020) and E Nâtamukh Miyeyimuwin: Residential School Recovery Stories of the James Bay Cree, Vol. 1 (forthcoming 2023). Her work has been translated into five languages and she has won many literary awards. She sometimes teaches Creative Writing and English Lit at the University of Alberta. She lives in Edmonton with her partner. She is hearing-impaired. This is her first novel.

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  • Winner, International Book Awards
  • Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Short-listed, National Indie Excellence (Health) and (Multicultural)
  • Short-listed, Silver IPPY Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Short-listed, Silver Foreword INDIES Book of the Year
  • Winner, Foreword INDIES Editor's Choice