The editorial committee gratefully acknowledges the many contributors to this collection. In the midst of pressing demands they responded promptly and enthusiastically to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s invitation to share their experience and wisdom. They received editorial advice graciously and maintained a rigorous schedule to produce a timely publication. We have been deeply touched by the passion and thoughtfulness that infuses their writing.

We also thank Aboriginal Healing Foundation staff: Jonathan Dewar, director of Research; Flora Kallies, research officer; Peter Vicaire, research assistant; Vanessa Stevens, research assistant; and Jackie Brennan, executive assistant, for their invaluable support. Their expertise in preparing the manuscript for publication, their meticulous attention to detail, and their unfailing good humour have helped to make our editorial task a pleasure.


Marlene Brant Castellano is a Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte Band in Ontario. She has carried diverse responsibilities: as a social worker in child and family services, a full-time wife and mother launching four sons into the world, professor and chair of Native Studies at Trent University, and co-director of Research for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. She authored the Final Report of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Volume 1: A Healing Journey: Reclaiming Wellness (2006) and continues with writing and consulting from her home on Tyendinaga Territory.

Marlene is a professor emeritus of Trent University and has been honoured with LL.D. degrees from Queen’s, St. Thomas, and Carleton universities, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and appointment to the Order of Ontario. In 2005 Marlene was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Linda Archibald served as managing editor bringing this collection of articles to completion. She is an independent researcher and policy analyst who has worked for many years with national Aboriginal and Inuit organizations. She specializes in qualitative research and evaluation. Linda authored the Final Report of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Volume III: Promising Healing Practices in Aboriginal Communities (2006). She works from her off-grid log cabin near Killaloe, Ontario.

Mike DeGagné has been active nationally and internationally in the field of Aboriginal addictions and mental health for the past twenty years. He is currently the founding executive director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, an organization that supports Aboriginal community healing projects addressing the legacy of physical and sexual abuse arising from Canada’s residential school system.

Active in volunteer efforts, Mike is past-chairman of Ottawa’s Queensway-Carleton Hospital and serves as a board director for the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, the Child Welfare League of Canada, and Lakehead University. He holds a Ph.D. focusing on First Nations post-secondary education and is a frequent lecturer in the areas of healing, reconciliation, and governance.