Date posted: May 30, 2016
June is Aboriginal History Month in Canada. It is a month for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to reflect upon the history, contributions, culture, sacrifices and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.
One way to mark the month is to read Invisible Heroes: Aboriginal stories from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This book is a result of a project that engaged Aboriginal community members in reflecting on their personal stories and critically analyzing their experience within a historical timeline of Canadian policy. The project was conducted by the Carnegie Learning Centre.
The Invisible Heroes Advisory Committee nominated eight Aboriginal community members who, despite all odds, are playing a strong and positive role in the community. Their journeys are steeped in the historical and current injustices facing low-income Aboriginal community members. Their stories also demonstrate personal persistence, courage and the reclaiming of purpose. These stories have important lessons for First Nation communities, community organizations and post-secondary institutions serving Aboriginal communities.
The personal journeys are intended to be used as relevant learning material in literacy and upgrading centres, and to help organizations and institutions to do a better job of supporting Aboriginal learners and everyday activists .The book is divided in to three parts: an introduction to the Invisible Heroes project with a section on the impact of trauma, the personal stories from Aboriginal community members with discussion sections; and a section with more information for each Invisible Hero as well as historical information on Aboriginal people in Canada and Indian Residential schools.
To borrow this book and read the inspiring personal stories, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Click here for videos from the book launch. A sample is below.