About The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree

In this award-winning collection, Ruth DyckFehderau and 27 storytellers offer a rich and timely accounting of contemporary life in Eeyou Istchee, the territory of the James Bay Cree of Northern Québec. Connecting these stories is a disease – diabetes – but the stories themselves are not records of illness as much as they are deeply personal accounts of life in the North: the fine, swaying balances of living both in town and on the land, of family and work and studies, of healing from relocations and residential school histories while building communities of safety and challenge and joy, of hunting and hockey, and much more.


What people are saying about Sweet BlooDs

"The stories contained in The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree are incredible. They are life lessons, they are tales of warning, they are songs of resilience, they are prayers for a healthier life. Each one is its own entity, and each storyteller bravely and beautifully speaks out so that we may all begin our own healing journey. This is a must-read book. I've not seen something quite like it before."
Joseph Boyden

"This is an important book. In this time, when our Cree communities and other indigenous groups are facing down a brutal and pervasive diabetes epidemic, Sweet Bloods offers a Talking Circle in print: frank, funny, and emotional stories of James Bay Cree people living with the disease. What makes this book special is that we know these storytellers and their stories are our stories. We recognize the effects of colonization in bodies, families and communities – and we see that the insights and love and laughter of these storytellers are stronger. We thank them for the courage to say what most of us will not say. Once you start this book, you'll want to read to the end."
Bella M. Petawabano, Chair, Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay

Read an excerpt

A sample chapter of The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee is available here as a PDF.

For the entire month of November, five excerpts from Sweet Bloods are available to read on the Excerpts page.