Split Tooth by Inuk musician Tanya Tagaq is now available in paperback. This is a compelling combination of journal entries, poetry and short stories that offers a new voice to the growing field of Indigenous literature. Reading like a coming of age narrative about a young girl who covers traditional stories about animals and the Arctic environment, impacts of residential school, the role of family, drug and alcohol abuse, violence against women and children, and teen pregnancy, this book has made a significant contribution to the literary world.
In Distorted Descent, White Claims of Indigenous Identity, Darryl Leroux explores the specifics of a social phenomena - a shifting of identity - where otherwise white, French descendants in Canada identity as Indigenous based on their Indigenous ancestors born between 300 and 375 years ago and representing about 200 000 people.
Settler City Limits: Indigenous Resurgence and Colonial Violence in the Urban Prairie West is edited by Heather Dorries, Robert Henry, David Hugill, Tyler McCreary, and Julie Tomiak, some of whom have ancestral connections to Indigenous communities and others descendent from settlers. In Settler City Limits they discuss anti-Indigenous public policy, how the relationship to territory is shaped by political forces, and how Indigeneity and settler colonialism is interpreted in urban studies.
Peace and Good Order: The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada is by author Harold R. Johnson, a member of Montreal Lake Cree Nation and previously a defense councillor and Crown prosecutor. Peace and Good Order is part of the text of the British North American Act of 1867 and reinterpreted through later statutes to grant the power to maintain peace and good order. In this work the peace and good order and good government is seen in the relationships with Treaty 6 and other Nations, between Treaty 6 Nations and others residing and/or passing through treaty land.
Trickster Drift is the second book in the Trickster Trilogy by Eden Robinson (Haisla/Heiltsuk). Set over 40 chapters, Trickster Drift continues the story of Jared Martin, or as his mom calls him, Son of a Trickster, who is heading to school and who has been sober for a year. Settling into life in Vancouver means meeting up with family, friends and scariest of all, David.
Devil in the Woods, by D.A. Lockhart of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation, is a series of letter and prayer fictional and real poems addressed to Canadian figures. The 69 poems are addressed to Shawn Atleo, Pierre Berton, Steve Wojeck, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Polley, K.D. Lang, Robertson Davies, and Don Cherry, among others, making these poems personal, conversational, approachable and capturing voice.
Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice: The Gerald Stanley and Colten Boushie Case, by Kent Roach is the trial of Colten Boushie, a twenty-two-year-old Cree man from Red Pheasant First Nation, who was fatally shot on a Saskatchewan farm by white farmer Gerald Stanley in August 2016. Stanley was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter by a jury in Battleford. Kent Roach critically reconstructs the Gerald Stanley/Colten Boushie case in Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice examining historical, legal, political, and sociological background to the case.
Land of the Midnight Sun is the third edition of this book on the history of the Yukon by Ken Coates and William Morrison. This work covers the Herschel Island Whaling, pre-1900 fur trading, the post second World War resource boom, struggle for responsible government and the emergence of Indigenous political protest. Land of the Midnight Sun emphasizes the role of First Nations and the struggle of Yukoners within Confederation.