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.
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.
Understanding Canadian Government and Citizenship: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Governance, is a clearly and succinctly written book for grades 4 to 6, which outlines Canadian governance through First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Governance. This 32-page book contains an introduction to Indigenous Peoples in Canada, traditional governance, and historic treaties and the reserve system. It reviews the Indian Act, and the context of its establishment and amendments, and the proceeding injustices and their effect on generations of Indigenous peoples including residential schools.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
In Men, Masculinity and the Indian Act, Martin Cannon, Onyota’a:ka (Oneida Nation) Turtle Clan, is about the inter-relationship between sexism and racialization. This book focuses on the impact of the Indian Act on the divisibility of Indigenous women into either/or ‘women’ or ‘Indians’. It also focuses on the collectivity of “Indians” in this Act, which affects men, women, two-spirit, transgendered or gay people.
Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond by Thomas J. Courchene and published by the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (Queen’s University), is a view forward favouring regional and culturally focused institutions, rather than nationally focused strategies.
Otter's Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law takes the Anishinaabe traditional protocols regarding storytelling to explore how Ojibwe language revitalization can inform the growing field of Indigenous legal revitalization. Utilizing the process of storytelling the book follows the journey of Otter, an Ojibwe dodem on a journey across Anishinaabe, Inuit, Maori, Coast Salish, and Abenaki territories, through a narrative of Indigenous resurgence.