- 90 pages
- Black & White
- 6.0 x 9.0 inches
- 978-1-5255-1215-5 eBook
- 978-1-5255-1214-8 Paperback
- 978-1-5255-1213-1 Hardcover
- Biography & Autobiography, Native Americans
- Family & Relationships, Abuse, Domestic Partner Abuse
- Psychology, Mental Health
Truth and reconciliation, Indigenous peoples, sexual abuse, suicide, family violence, family and relationships, healing
Finding Lost is a powerful story of one Indigenous woman’s lifelong struggle to find who she is. She shares a story of childhood trauma; a story that is still only too common for many Indigenous women today. Walk into Nancy’s life, and share in her journey as she braids her childhood memories in the lives of five women struggling to survive. Meet the kind of women Nancy thinks she could have become had she not turned life in her favour. Meet Anna, a homeless woman who reveals Nancy’s past. Through Anna’s memories, glimpse the terrifying times Nancy witnessed beatings of her beloved grandmother by her alcoholic grandfather. Meet Wendy, and learn how a child’s Christmas came to a devastating end because of alcohol abuse. Share in Nancy’s healing journey as she picks up the traumatic pieces of her life and finds the spiritual healing and strength to move forward. Be inspired by how she draws on the strength of the many women she has seen as role models from her small community.
Nancy Lafleur is Woodland Cree from Molanosa, Saskatchewan, and a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. A teacher since 1993, and now a student Retention Specialist with the Prince Albert Grand Council, Nancy turned to traditional healing and spiritual practices to find a path past her childhood traumas. Seeing widespread evidence of multi-generational abuse, Nancy decided to share her painful story with the hope that it will help others find their healing journey. As she observed, “Sharing this part of my life with the world is by far one of the biggest challenges I have faced. Sharing personal, traumatic events about one’s self is not easy. I felt that it was something I had to do, not just for myself, but for those who have suffered and have not found their healing journey, and for those whose innocence and childhood is being stolen at this moment.”
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