Chee Chee: A Study of Aboriginal Suicide

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 178 pages
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Benjamin Chee Chee lived with anger and frustration for more than thirty years before he took his own life. An Ojibway artist who killed himself just as he was beginning to gain international recognition, Chee Chee is one of the thousands of aboriginal peoples in Canada who have committed suicide. Noted suicidologist and former RCMP officer Alvin Evans explores Chee Chee's wild, reckless, creative life to reveal how the clash between Native and White society has affected the suicide rate of young Native men and women, now among the highest in the world.
Using his in-depth understanding of Native self-destructive behaviour and information from interviews with Chee Chee's mother, close friends, and fellow artists, Evans shows that understanding Benjamin's suicide requires moving beyond psychological analysis to include the damage that contact with White society has caused to Native culture, heritage, status, and meaning of life. Evans argues that White society needs to understand these dynamics to be involved in the healing process of Aboriginal peoples in Canada - or to at least avoid hindering their recovery.
 

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I read this some time ago, and so my recall isn't very good. But from what I do remember, this book is not only the writing of Benjamin Chee Chee's life, but also an analysis of why First Nations ... Read full review

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Contents

THE VIGIL
3
CHEE CHEE A LIFE
12
CHEE CHEE THE ARTIST
27
OJIBWAY INHERITANCE
43
CANADIAN NATIVE INHERITANCE
61
THE ACT OF SUICIDE
95
THE SUICIDE OF BENJAMIN CHEE CHEE
114
HORIZONS OF HOPE AN EMPOWERING JOURNEY
125
THE HEALING
139
FINAL WORDS
154
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\Alvin Evans is professor emeritus at St Paul's United College, University of Waterloo.

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