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Anishinabee, Aboriginal, Social issues, Residential Schools, Kenora, Northern Ontario, Memoir

Approaching Dawn
by Nancy Morrison

Approaching Dawn is the story of a prophecy fulfilled and of teachings passed through generations of Anishinabe. It is the story of one woman’s journey through the trauma of residential school, the reality of racism, the degradation of addictions and the triumph of purpose. It is the lived story of Nancy—survivor, fighter and Elder. Her message is one of hope for her people and healing for Mother Earth. Approaching Dawn provides literary entry into the Canadian aboriginal experience and shares the wisdom of her people.

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As an ailing infant, Nancy was given her spirit name, Pay Comikeezhegook, and a prophecy. Fulfilling that promise, she became an advocate for her people. Her interests are broad-homelessness, addictions, reconciliation and healing. As a woman she fights fiercely against the victimization of aboriginal women and for environmental preservation. As a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she nurtures and heals those around her. As an elder she teaches the skills and wisdom of her ancestors to a new generation. Her work has been honoured by community activists, by the aboriginal people and by various governmental sectors. At 85 years of age, she lives each day with purpose, ceremony and commitment to the Creator.


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