Kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly, a recent anthology is a significant contribution to Indigenous literature by Indigenous writers and storytellers. 'kisiskâciwan', which means it flows swiftly in Cree is where Saskatchewan derives its name but also expresses the sentiment of the work with the ongoing flow of traditions from past into present. This work is a search for Indigenous oral and written traditions. And while some were found in libraries and archives many others were found through conversations with storytellers, writers, elders, and artists.
This book adds to the growing collection of works on Indigenous epistemologies and focuses on Indigenous Knowledge online, its socio-cultural effects, how ICTs affect relationships among Indigenous Peoples and the flow of power between Indigenous Peoples and the state. Wemigwans makes the distinction between the role of an Elder or Traditional Knowledge Keeper and acquired personal knowledge.
‘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.
Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit by Lynn Gehl, an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley, offers her perspective on the process of a court battle to gain Indian status under the Indian Act. Published by the University of Regina Press this collection of essays presents Gehl’s methods of decolonization that assist her in reclaiming her human spirit. Her book is organized into four main parts: Identity; Indigenous Knowledge; Indigenous Teachings and Ways of Being; and Contemporary Indigenous Issues.
Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country’s history. The movement was inspired by thirteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree woman from Attawapiskat, Ontario. Author Charlie Angus is an elected Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay.
The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir is the 2017 new edition of Joseph Auguste Merasty's memoir. Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in Sturgeon Landing, Saskatchewan, from 1935 to 1944. He now lives in Prince Albert, Now a retired fisherman and trapper, the author was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of aggressive assimilation.
Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People and Yours by Crown prosecutor Harold Johnson, examines alcohol and its history, the stereotypes surrounding it, and its devastating impact on Indigenous people. Based on his years of experience as a Crown Prosecutor in Treaty 6 territory Johnson Harold Johnson challenges readers to confront the harmful stereotypes surrounding First Nations and the consumption of alcohol. Using traditional Cree stories Johnson seeks solutions for the overwhelming impact of alcohol.
Beginning Cree: mâci-nêhiyawêwin acts as a self-study aid--a much-needed resource in today's world where most students cannot speak Cree fluently. Designed as an introduction for Cree Y Dialect language learners. The Y Dialect speakers are known as Plains Cree and of the 49 Cree Nations in Saskatchewan 43 are Y Dialect. Basic grammar units and everyday vocabulary items guide the student through the building blocks of the language, and expansion drills and exercises reinforce lessons and prepare the student for further study.
In The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spiritually, Blair Stonechild shares his sixty-year journey of learning-from residential school to PhD and beyond-while trying to find a place for Indigenous spirituality in the classroom. Encouraged by an Elder who insisted sacred information be written down, Stonechild explores the underlying philosophy of his people's teachings to demonstrate that Indigenous spirituality can speak to our urgent, contemporary concerns.