In 'Metis Pioneers' MacKinnon compares the survival strategies of two Métis women - Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed born during the fur trade – one from the French-speaking free trade tradition and one from the English-speaking Hudson’s Bay Company tradition – who settled in southern Alberta as the fur trade declined in favour of paper trade and a changing social landscape. Born of family involved in the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company respectively this is the story of their French-Metis and Anglo-Metis lives.
Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, Labrador Innu cultural and environmental activist, is well known within and beyond the Innu Nation. She is the recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and has an honorary doctorate from Memorial University. This book began as her diary, written in Innu-aimun, with entries from 1987 to 2016, offering a detailed account of her day-to-day life, as well as reflections on Innu land, politics, culture and history. The diary was also a way for her to prepare speeches, court appearances and interviews.
KC Adams, social-practice artist and photographer, highlights the social-political issues using the interaction of the audience. ‘Perception: A Photo Series’ has sparked conversations about racism by emphasizing the injustice towards the original people of this land. The lack of confrontation allows viewers to react and ponder their own prejudices and gives voice to the participants showing the audience that they are staring into the eyes of human beings that deserve respect. Adams’ art was seen on posters, bus shelters, and billboards around Winnipeg from March to June 2015.
‘Honouring the Strength of Indian Women’ is a combination of many efforts inspired by Vera Manuel. Manuel’s dramatherapy groups generated several scripts and selected poems, plays, photos, short stories were collated by University of Manitoba Press First Voices, First Texts and The People and the Text project, from protected and archives works by Emalene Manuel, Vera’s sister.
‘No Surrender: The Land Remains Indigenous’ is an analysis of the federal government of Canada’s steadfast wedding to the written texts of Treaties, especially Treaty One to Treaty Seven and their context. Krasowski’s work discusses how the government has reneged on its fiduciary Treaty obligations and done little to reach a common understanding with Treaty First Nations that reflect oral accounts in order to acknowledge the original intent of the Treaty Relationship.
This is the fourth in a Dreadful Water Mystery series by award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. This novel about Thumps, Claire and the cat and local characters from Chinook is centred around a true crime reality TV show. Written in an engaging way this novel draws the reader into the lives of the TV crew and locals while also weaving a murder mystery casually through the story. This is a clever, amusing book that will make you want to read the whole series again.
Robert Houle is an internationally-acclaimed Salteaux artist and grew up in the community of Sandy Bay First Nation, on the western shore of Lake Manitoba. His real name, his Salteaux name, is Blue Thunder, not used when he entered residential school at age seven. Pahgedenuan is a Salteaux word expressing the self-defining and self-determining act of “letting it go from your mind” embodied in this 9 x 10.5 hardcover publication, which brings together drawings and installations of his childhood suffering.
There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange delves into the world of Native American urban population and presents the life stories of twelve men, women, and youth all on their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. The author’s debut novel examines the lives and cultural background of contemporary Indigenous people all searching for their personal identities. Among the characters are a small group bent on robbing the powwow organizers who threaten to bomb the venue. Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.