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Master of Arts




Dr. Regna Darnell


The diagnosis of Alcohol Dementia and its health implications comes with an uncertain future for the individual and their families. To add to the minimal existing literature on the subject, this auto-ethnography focuses on three generations of Indigenous oral storytelling to re-construct the past of an Anishanabe father to understand his addiction in connection to broader social constructs. Decolonizing methodologies are used in the form of first person experience and connecting research to activism. Alcohol Dementia is examined using Aboriginal social determinants of health to critically discuss the direct affects of intergenerational trauma, uprooting and displacement and flaws within the Canadian health care system. Neo-liberal governmentality within the perception of healthcare professionals towards Alcohol Dementia is analyzed including the lack of support and services for diagnosed individuals and their families, especially in First Nations communities.

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