We Dream Medicine Dreams
by Lisa Boivin
- A poignant story of the relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter and the lessons he shares with her about connecting with the wisdom of ancestors through dreams.
- A gentle exploration of death that is appropriate for young readers.
- Author/illustrator is a healthcare educator and interdisciplinary artist whose work attempts to humanize clinical medicine through image-based storytelling.
From Dene artist and bioethicist Lisa Boivin comes this healing story of hope, dreams and the special bond between grandfather and granddaughter.
When a little girl dreams about a bear, her grandfather explains how we connect with the knowledge of our ancestors through dreams. Bear, Hawk, Caribou and Wolf all have teachings to share to help us live a good life. But when Grampa gets sick and falls into a coma, the little girl must lean on his teachings as she learns to say goodbye.
Masterful prose and stunning collage weave a gentle story about life and death that will touch the hearts of children and adults alike.
LISA BOIVIN is a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation. She is an interdisciplinary artist and a Doctoral Candidate at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Lisa uses images as a pedagogical tool to bridge gaps between medical ethics and aspects of Indigenous cultures and worldviews. She is writing and collaging an arts-based thesis that addresses the colonial barriers Indigenous patients navigate in the current healthcare system. Lisa strives to humanize clinical medicine as she situates her art in the Indigenous continuum of passing knowledge through images.