Author: Beatrice Blue Pipe
Genre: Historical Biography
As a child, Beatrice Blue Pipe was confused and hurt by what her teachers told her.
As a student, her teachers at Canada’s Christian-administered residential school system taught that God hated Canada’s First Peoples and First Nations. From Blue Pipe’s perspective, she was condemned. As she grew, the hateful lessons of her youth slowly consumed her, and like too many others, she attempted to silence those demons with alcohol and thoughts of suicide.
But as an adult, she is now a powerful advocate for her culture and dignity. By exploring the devastating impact of the Canadian government’s educational system on the minds and spirits of First Nation children, Beatrice aims to expose the negative impact these multifaceted, inhuman legislative polices have had on her community. Tragically, these practices continue to have a grave, detrimental impact on the well-being of First Nations people.
In The Bosom of Abraham, she celebrates the incredibly resilient First People. Canada’s systematic and multigenerational attempt to eradicate their cultural ceremonies and languages failed. The ancient cultural knowledge and strength of First Nations people survives today, which ensures the survival of future generations.
The Bosom of Abraham is the story of Beatrice’s journey as a child, a daughter and a student—who resists the efforts of the system to crush her—into that of a woman, a warrior and a leader, in the effort to celebrate, protect and preserve her cultural and personal heritage.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
I was given a spiritual dream/vision/experience on December 19, 1999 in which I was shown the cover of the book, of an old man with long white hair who was holding a baby. The title had to be The Bosom of Abraham. The message was, "knowledge must be transmitted to the young."
What is your writing environment like?
I wrote in the evenings when all was quite, when I could feel the interconnectedness of the story to be told.
What are some of the best tools available today to writers?
That is still a bit of a struggle for me, as I was unaware of the tools for new writers.
What inspires you to write?
By sharing my life's journey it is my hope that others would find resolutions to their life's traumas and evolve spiritually. My focus in writing is to find answers to life's obstacles which impedes our Spiritual evolution.
Did you learn anything while writing this book?
I learned that Canada has a documented history of Genocide with its treatment of Indian/Aboriginal people.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I've learned that spirituality is my foundation for greater success in anything which I endeavor to accomplish. I've learned to love and believe in my worth and my abilities which are endless.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Beatrice Blue Pipe is a Nakoda-Cree woman from the Whitebear First Nation Community in southeastern Saskatchewan. A certified life-skills coach, she advocates for cultural programming, as well as the preservation and restoration of the Nakoda language and culture. Beatrice graduated with honours from the University of Brandon in Manitoba.