Books on personal development and indigenous wisdom

When I decided to leave the world of TV news, my first big challenge was to believe in myself enough to take up writing. A dream come true, thanks in no small part to the duo T8aminik and I formed.

They say you teach best what you most need to learn? I can say that I needed to learn about betrayal and forgiveness, destructive relationships and healing the heart. I lost myself in an existence that didn’t suit me until I chose to honor my sacred fire. I gave my power to others for a long time before discovering my own power… In short, I intensely learned to love myself, to be loved and “to become love”.

So here’s what these books are about, in the hope that they may in turn help you in your own learning process.

Indigenous wisdom of acceptance and forgiveness


By Marie-Josée Tardif and Dominique Rankin
Finalist 2022
for the Governor General’s Literary Awards

A powerful and pacifying account of life, in an age marked by conflict, natural disasters, the denunciation of sexual abuse and the fight against racism.

T8aminik (Dominique) Rankin is one of Canada’s last hereditary chiefs. Born in the forests of northwestern Quebec, his training as a young medicine man began at the age of seven, culminating fifty years later with his induction into the Circle of Elders.

A survivor of the terrible Indian residential school era, T8aminik delivers a vibrant testimony to life, respect, forgiveness and healing.

A finalist in the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards in 2022, this book is now published in English by Vidacom Publishing. It was first published in French under the title On nous appelait les Sauvages, from Éditions le Jour.

It is also available in Italian under the title La profezia dei 7 fuochi, from Amrita Publishing.

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What animals and the medicine wheel teach us


Boxed set of medicine cards and booklet on the precious teachings of forest animals.
Éditions Véga.

For the first time, Anicinape hereditary chief Dominique Rankin reveals the oral teachings on Animal Medicine that have been passed down for generations among his people. Whether furry or scaly, winged or crawling, animals have something to teach us. They all have a role to play. They talk to us about our pain, both physical and psychological, and help us through their medicine. Accompanied by his grandson Noten, Grandfather Dominique takes you on a journey of initiation to meet the spirits of the forest.

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  • 44 beautifully illustrated cards
  • 280-page full-color booklet
  • A beautifully decorated cotton bag to protect your cards

Co-authors :

  • Dominique Rankin
  • Marie-Josée Tardif
  • Marie Caiazzo

Illustrations :

  • Amélie Clavier

Getting to know yourself better and reconciling with yourself

ou l’Art de vibrer de toutes ses cordes

By Marie-Josée Tardif
Éditions du Roseau 2007

An invaluable guide for anyone wondering how to realize their personal mission. Master strings, sympathetic strings, sensitive strings… Marie-Josée uses the metaphor of an Indian musical instrument to evoke the complexity of the human being. Her aim is to help us discover what vibrates within us, and to help us manifest it in our own unique way.

The first version of La Leçon de Sitar is out of print but I am preparing an enriched version which will soon be reissued and it will be possible to pre-order it. If you are interested, do not hesitate to fill out the form to be among the first to know.

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