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.
‘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.
Solemn Words and Foundational Documents: An Annotated Discussion of Indigenous-Crown Treaties in Canada, 1752-1923 is an important contribution to the study of the history of Indigenous treaties in Canada. Historian Jean-Pierre Morin, adjunct professor in the department of history at Carleton University compiled the eight treaties in this volume. The treaties include the 1752 Peace and Friendship Treaty, the Huron-British Treaty, the 1805 Toronto Purchase, the Robinson-Huron Treaty, the Saanich Treaty, the 1871 Treaty 1, 1899 Treaty 8, and the 1923 Williams Treaty.
Indigenous Peoples Within Canada: A Concise History is the Oxford University Press 2019 publication authored by the late Métis historian Olive P Dickason (1920 – 2011) and history professor William Newbigging. Updated, this fourth edition of A Concise History of Canada’s First Nations is a comprehensive overview of the long and vibrant history of Indigenous Peoples within what is now Canada. This engaging, chronological text offers a multifaceted account from time immemorial and pre-contact to present-day movements towards sovereignty.
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.
The Clay We Are Made Of: Haudenosaunee Land Tenure on the Grand River is written by Susan M. Hill, a Haudenosaunee citizen (Wolf Clan, Mohawk Nation) and resident of Ohswe:ken (Grand River Territory). She is an associate professor of History and the Director of First Nations Studies at University of Western Ontario. The book presents a revolutionary retelling of the history of the Grand River Haudenosaunee from their Creation Story, through European contact, to contemporary land claims negotiations.
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices is a visually stunning, and thought-provoking anthology featuring the work 64 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists. 46 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American established and first-time authors, musicians, poets, filmmakers, photographers and creative thinkers all considering identity, authentic voice, and honesty. This collection, published by Annick Press, marks a turning point in Aboriginal young-adult creative non-fiction.
An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began is the 2016 revised and expanded edition of the earlier title, I Have Lived Here Since the World Began. Historian Arthur J. Ray offers the general reader an accessible overview of the history of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada from pre-contact to the twenty-first century.
In Divided Unity: Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River is the welcomed addition to the literature about Six Nations of the Grand River recent history of the 2006 land reclamation at Caledonia from an authentic, grassroots-based perspective. Theresa McCarthy is the Onondaga Bear Clan professor of Native American studies at the University at Buffalo.