Dances With Dependency: Indigenous Success Through Self-reliance by Calvin HelinDances With Dependency: Indigenous Success Through Self-reliance by Calvin Helin

Dances With Dependency: Indigenous Success Through Self-reliance

byCalvin Helin

Hardcover | December 2, 2006

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Ever wondered how the lives of indigenous people and those in developing nations can be made better? Then this is the book for you! For the first time in print, real turnaround solutions are provided in answer to such poverty through focused strategic action. Take the 10,000 year mystical canoe journey through time and space. Learn how you can make a difference now! Detailed research and indigenous storytelling are dramatically blended in this groundbreaking publication—a publication that provides a fantastic gift of knowledge and understanding. Printed in full colour, with a beautifully embossed dust jacket, and featuring over twenty dazzling full-page art works by internationally renowned northwest coast artist Bill Helin. This hardcover book is sure to be a collectors’ edition.

Mr. Helin is a member of the Tsimshian Nation from the northern B.C. community of Lax Kwalaams (Port Simpson). He is son of hereditary Chief, Smoogyit Nees Nuugan Noos (Barry Helin), of the Royal House of Gitlan, and Sigyidmhanaa Su Dalx (Verna Helin), matron of the Royal House of Gitachngeek. He is also a lawyer and business person.
Title:Dances With Dependency: Indigenous Success Through Self-relianceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:313 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 1 inPublished:December 2, 2006Publisher:Orca Spirit Publishing & Communications, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0978210700

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this practical road map to real change Calvin's book is a timely message of self-reliance and self-responsibility for both the individual, communities and society as a whole. There is something to learn here for every reader. it's thought-provoking, inspirational and just good old common sense. Highly recommended for anyone tired of the way things are and blaming ourselves or others instead of doing something about it.
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Different Tomorrow is Possible Calvin Helin’s recently published Dances with Dependency is an important contribution towards understanding the past, present, and future challenges facing Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations. In a fair and balanced exposition the author traces an historical canoe journey of Aboriginal peoples through the centuries, first prior to the arrival of Europeans, then during the European expansion occupation of the Americas, and finally to modern day Canada where explosive Aboriginal demographics lie in wait to bankrupt the country if problems are not resolved. Author Helin demonstrates serious concern for the future while articulating the collective pride and pain of the past, he does not view Canada and the Aboriginal story through diatribe nor rose coloured glasses. Nobody escapes his critical analysis in which he never shies away from calling it as he sees it. The sting of some of his more acerbic comments is reserved for those professional self-servers within the circle of “Indian Politics,” both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. His verbal whip is certainly not spared those who usurp and betray the trust of the people for their own petty and selfish interests. Calvin Helin clearly subscribes to Thomas Hardy’s “If a way to the better there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.” and nobody escapes the sharp focus of his insightful observations. However, he describes a potential path to the future that avoids the catastrophe impending demographic tsunami and offers recognition, dignity, and self-confidence to those who have the courage to claim their voice through hard work, enterprise, and self-reliance. He demands transparency and accountability in the use of financial, natural, and human resources and warns that a failure to heed the impending tidal wave of Aboriginal youth will result in pain, sorrow, and poverty for all. Anyone who has watched the Byzantine federal bureaucracy bumble its way in circles while self-interested chiefs on expense accounts dance to the tune of the federal fiddler, will appreciate the clarity of vision, the passion, and sardonic humour of the author. Dances with Dependency is a milestone book that every Canadian should read because it is about us and about our future. It’s a wake-up call for all Canadians to rise to the challenge of a better tomorrow through enterprise building and creating sustainable communities. The author describes some very successful Aboriginal communities that have met the task head-on and through planning their work and working their plan are now thriving. Calvin Helin has given us a powerful book of history and hope that uplifts the spirit and calls us all to create a better future.
Date published: 2007-03-20

Editorial Reviews

Calvin Helin’s Dances with Dependency offers a compelling portrayal and analysis of poverty among Canada’s indigenous people. His message of self-reliance as a way forward rests on thoughtful and creative economic strategies and offers hope in cynical times. --Joy Kogawa, Nationally renowned poet and novelist, Member of the Order of Canada and Order of British Columbia. Her work Obasan was named as one of the most important books in Canadian history by the Literary Review of Canada.I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. reading Dances with Dependency and began reading again this morning.... I have just finished the book. I am awestruck. You have been guided by the Raven and have managed to speak honestly and respectfully about the problems faced by our Aboriginal communities. The truth strikes at the heart, and is messaged in such a way that no one can be offended. Thank you, howa'a [Haida for thank you], for speaking out on behalf of our youth. Howa'a for honouring me with the opportunity to read the book. It is truly beautiful. I loved the analogy of the canoe journey, it is so poignant and appropriate.--Kelly A. MacDonald, B.A., LL.B., LL.M. Aboriginal Lawyer, Member of the National Parole Board and Senior Adjudicator Indian Residential Schools AdjudicationsDances with Dependency paints the most complete and honest portrait of indigenous people that has existed to date. It goes far beyond cataloging the problems to showing a path to real solutions. This book may unquestionably be the most important single piece of literature and analysis for moving indigenous people forward. It is time now to heed the call to more focused strategic action and to start making a difference now-it is time to move beyond the dependency mindset to the self-reliance of our ancestors.--Dave Tuccaro, President of Tuccaro Inc., Group of Companies. All parents need to read this book. Avoiding welfare starts in the home, and the book's message of self-reliance applies to everyone, regardless of race or country of origin.--John Corbiere, former Batchewana Band Chief who won the landmark Supreme Court Corbiere decision, dramatically changing the Canadian Indian Act. Do you want to know how to deal with Canada’s 100 year old hidden shame; “Aboriginal Poverty”? Read Dances with Dependency. Dances with Dependency is an appropriate title that illustrates the Federal and Provincial governments’ creation of “Aboriginal Poverty”. Calvin Helin’s lessons in this book get to the root of the 100 year old “Indian Problem” – “It’s the economy stupid”. It’s about damn time …This book is a must read for all Aboriginal, Federal, and Provincial government leadership that are sick and tired of the same old social rhetoric and failed dependency spending programs. This book is for those who want to get to the bottom line of real lasting positive change for Canada’s Aboriginal people that has been proven all over the world and a message that Canada and the Provinces cannot ignore…”the only real solution is the economy stupid!” --Chief Clarence Louis, Osoyoos Indian Band, National Pioneer or Effective Community Economic DevelopmentDances with Dependency is excellent. It is obvious that Calvin Helin has been guided the teachings of his ancestors. Remember what the Elders tell us—this time in life is a time of truth telling in order to meet the challenges that face us as Aboriginal people.Kathy Louis, Respected elder & member of the National Parole Board for over 25 years. Winner of 2005 Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Award for volunteerism and public service, Canada’s meritorious service medal from the Governor General of Canada, and Simon Fraser University Alumni Award for Community Service.