Couture Feature

Book Launch

A Metaphoric Mind: Selected Writings of Joseph Couture

DR. JOSEPH COUTURE (1930-2007), known affectionately as “Dr. Joe,” was a pivotal figure in some of the most significant struggles of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canada. A respected thinker, a gifted writer and orator, and an inspiring teacher, he easily walked two paths, as a respected Elder and traditional healer and as an educational psychologist. One of the first Aboriginal people in Canada to receive a PhD, his work broke new ground, challenging and transforming views about Aboriginal Peoples that had long prevailed not only in the academic world but in the area of restorative justice and the federal corrections system.

A Metaphoric Mind brings together key works from Dr. Joe’s writings, published and unpublished.  Spanning nearly 30 years, the essays invite us to share in transformative legacy through a series of encounters – with Aboriginal spirituality and ancestral ways of knowing, with Elders and their teachings, with education and its role in politicization, self-determination, social change, and with the restorative process and the meaning of Native healing.

Event was sponsored by: Indigenous Education Council (IEC), Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP), & the Office of the Dean