U of S student's book shines light on gang life in Saskatchewan

It's rare that you get an inside look into gang life in Saskatchewan but a new book by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) PhD candidate Robert Henry is doing just that. The book, Brighter Days Ahead, presents stories and photos by ex-gang members detailing some of their experiences in, and leaving, gangs.

"The book represents a commitment from the men to open up their lives and invite others to see what this lifestyle has meant to them," says Henry. "By understanding earlier trauma and the impacts of colonial policies, we can start to understand how the gang life becomes a 'normal' pathway for some Indigenous men to partake in as a way to practice their notions of masculinity and identity."

The book launch is being presented by the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC). "We are very proud to have supported Robert's graduate research over the past four years, "says Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew, IPHRC Director. "This book is a powerful example of the value of community-based research partnerships."

Some of the ex-gang members featured in the book will also be present to discuss their experiences working on the project. A portion of the book sales will be donated to STR8 UP, a non-profit organization that works to help young men and women leave the gang life.


WHO:  All media and members of the public are invited to attend

WHAT:  Free community event with refreshments, open to the public

WHERE:  D-Wing of the new Health Sciences Building, University of Saskatchewan

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The IPHRC is a joint initiative of the First Nations University of Canada, University of Regina, and University of Saskatchewan. We are committed to supporting Indigenous health research in the province to improve Aboriginal health and well-being.

For more information, contact:

 Cassandra Ozog

Research Officer, Communications and Knowledge Translation

Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC)


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