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Surviving in the Hour of Darkness: The Health and Wellness of Women of Colour and Indigenous Women


Edited by G. Sophie Harding

$39.95 CAD / $40.95 USD

336 pages, 9 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-101-4 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-458-9 (Institutional PDF)

April 2005

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About the Book

Surviving in the Hour of Darkness addresses the health issues – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – of black women, First Nations women, and other women of colour. The book is a collection of scholarly essays, case studies, personal essays, poetry, and prose written by over 45 contributors. It illustrates, through the voices of many women, that gender, religious, cultural, and class background strongly influence how one experiences illness, how and when one is diagnosed, and how one is treated within the healthcare system. The book also focuses on the need for cultural sensitivity and inclusiveness in the delivery of health services. Surviving in the Hour of Darkness aims to promote and generate knowledge with and about minority women while identifying key strategies for promoting their health, thus contributing to a broader understanding of how the experience of being a minority woman affects one’s health and well-being.

Grisselda (Sophie) Harding is a student and employee at York University in Toronto. Her writing is an expression of her desire to change the world and help make life better for herself and others. Sophie’s first anthology was entitled Our Words/Our Revolutions: Di/Verse Voices of Black Women, First Nations Women, and Women of Colour in Canada. Some of Sophie’s work has been used in projects such as the Teen Violence Prevention Initiatives with Women’s Habitat and the Women, Violence, and Adult Education Project Source Book, which is aimed at examining the effect of violence in terms of learning and education for women.

With Contributions By:  Karen Flynn, Ingrid Waldron, Notisha Massaquoi, Wanda Thomas Bernard, Carla R. Riberio, Farah M. Shroff, Talata Reeves, Crystal E. Wilkinson, CiajDiann M. Harris, Rosamond S. King, Judith K. Witherow, Naomi North, Layla Hassan, Heather MacLeod, Valerie Wood, Lorraine Thomas, Bishakha Chowdhury, Roxane Tracey, Troy Hunter, Sima Quadeer, Randa Hammadieh, Neeta Singh, Wendy Vincent, Kristine Maitland, Ingrid Rivera, Nora Burrell, Beldan Sezen, Vera M. Wabegijig, Marisa Maharaj, Anakana Schofield, Shirley Bozzo, Pitche Wasayananung, Rolanda C. Kane, Gitane Williams, Ana Bodnar, Charmaine Crawford, and Linda Cornwall 

Praise for Surviving in the Hour of Darkness

The women whose narratives envelop readers of Surviving in the Darkness are no longer in the dark. Their stories are full of light and light a path towards transcendence. This text is a celebration of life, health and wisdom. It is a podium—wrapped in cedar and sage—from which its readers can now go forward—in good company and in the light.

– Cheryl Van Daalen-Smith, York Journal

The book clearly serves its purpose of enhancing the understanding of factors contributing to the health and well-being of women of colour from both the holistic and the hermeneutic perspectives… [A] valuable piece of health literature.

– Swarna Weerasinghe, Canadian Ethnic Studies