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 Joe’s writings, published and unpublished.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