Douglas & McIntyre
Where the Pavement Ends

Book details:

January 2009
ISBN 978-1-55365-461-2
Paperback - Trade
6" x 9"
272 pages
Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations SOC031000
Social Science / Anthropology
$24.95 CAD


  • Nominated for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
  • Nominated for the Winterset Award
  • Nominated for a Newfoundland & Labrador Book Prize

Douglas & McIntyre

Where the Pavement Ends

Canada’s Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation

The acclaimed book that has exhorted Canadians to make social healing in Aboriginal communities an immediate national priority, now available in paperback.

“The ‘urgent’ in the title of this eye-opening account of addiction among Canada’s First Nations citizens is no hyperbole . . . While celebrating the self-generated recovery movement among first peoples, Wadden calls for Canadian society to accept its responsibility now and in the future.” —The Globe and Mail

“[Wadden] demonstrates conclusively why throwing billions of dollars in outside-designed program funding at isolated communities is doomed to failure . . . Her advocacy of an end to both Indian Act waste and assimilationist notions, and for increased training and reliable multi-year funding that will give the healing movement the resources it is waiting for, is a message all Canadians should hear and absorb.” —Toronto Star

“Where the Pavement Ends paints a panoramic portrait of the Aboriginal situation in Canada . . . Wadden writes with the eye of an investigative journalist and the control of a novelist. Her prose is calm and informed, making Where the Pavement Ends an ideal entry point for those interested in learning about Aboriginal issues for the first time.” —The Tyee

Over the past fifteen years, Canada’s Aboriginal healing community has emerged as a vital and visible force. Creative recovery programs have been established across the country, and international initiatives such as the “Healing Our Spirit Worldwide” gatherings have originated here. The Canadian government has thrown millions of dollars at the issue of addictions, yet alcoholism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, drug abuse and gambling are epidemic today in the lives of Aboriginal people.

Where the Pavement Ends is filled with inspiring stories gathered from journalist Marie Wadden’s discussions with activists across Canada who are involved in the Aboriginal healing movement. But the book is also a passionate wake-up call aimed at all Canadians. Existing government policies, Wadden argues, perpetuate the problems that are tearing Aboriginal families and communities apart. We must make social healing in Aboriginal communities an immediate national priority. We must also demand public policy that guarantees First Nations, Inuit and Métis people the right to live as full and equal citizens. In these ways, we can offer true support to these marginalized communities.

About the Author

Marie  Wadden

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