"This book blends the personal experiences of the contributing writers with the academic background of the author. Together, there is a union that brings important, crucial, data to the general public and more specifically to students who may use this book to compliment their studies. The fact that it is translated into Ojibwe creates great strides to revitalizing the language."
Dr. Linda Skilton, Dean, Fleming College
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
“Rhonda has exquisitely captured the spirit of the island in her book. Through the biographies, personal stories, poems, pictures, works of art by local artists - she paints a vivid picture of the people and their love for their home and the effects of Indian residential school experience. This is a book about the sustaining power of love.”
Prof. David Newhouse, Chair, Indigenous Studies
Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
“I wanted to take the time to congratulate you as well as everybody involved in the creation of your book about the people of Manitoulin Island. As soon as I purchased the book, I eagerly began flipping through. Soon after I found myself unable to put it down. It was both an interesting and eye opening read. I never thought in my wildest imagination that I would be so intrigued and inspired by the resiliency of the people of Manitoulin Island.”
M. Simmons, Ontario, Canada
“Dr. Paulsen is a strong and evocative speaker, taking us into the hearts of the people of Manitoulin Island, and setting their experiences in both a historical and contemporary context. She is interested in healing, and building a deeper understanding of the issues... the route to action."
P. Janitch, Northumberland Branch, Canadian Federation of University Women, Ontario, Canada
“Your book is crucial to ensure that the Ojibwe language, literature and culture endures and is celebrated by all Canadians. You have blessed us all by writing this book. I pray that you will continue to be inspired and that there will be many more ‘Labours of Love’ from you in the future.”
M. Stack, Trustee, Durham County District School Board, Ontario, Canada
"What an interesting book! The stories are very interesting and the Ojibwe translation made me immediately think of the Rosetta Stone. A lot of time and effort went into this literary work and I hope it becomes a reference book in the preservation of the Ojibwe language."
P. Adachi, State Metrologist, Texas, U.S.A.
"Thank you, Rhonda. It is a beautiful book and will make great gifts!"
Dr. Cyndy Baskin, School of Social Work, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada