Bev Sellars was chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia, for more than 20 years, and she now serves as a member of its Council. Sellars was ﬁrst elected chief in 1987 and has spoken out on behalf of her community on racism and residential schools and on the environmental and social threats of mineral resource exploitation in her region.
The Comeback: How Aboriginals are Reclaiming Power and Influence by John Ralston Saul, identified as Canada’s leading public intellectual presents a wide-ranging account of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada today. Historic moments are always uncomfortable, Saul writes in this impassioned argument, calling on all of us to embrace and support the comeback of Aboriginal peoples. This, he says, is the great issue of our time--the most important missing piece in the building of Canada.
Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues in Canada is designed for all teachers who have First Nations, Inuit or Métis students in their classrooms or are encouraged to infuse Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum. Written by Métis lawyer, scholar and educator Chelsea Vowel, the book tackles terminology; culture and identity; myth-busting; state violence; and land, learning, law and treaties with subtle humour and common sense drawn from 2016 landscape.
Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism by John Borrows demonstrates how Canada’s constitutional structures marginalize Indigenous peoples’ ability to exercise power in the real world, John Borrows uses Ojibwe law, stories, and principles to suggest alternative ways in which Indigenous peoples can work to enhance freedom.
First Nations in the Twenty-First Century was just released (2016) in its second edition from the Themes in Canadian Sociology series by Oxford University Press. This edition offers students a clear and concise introduction to understanding First Nations in Canada. This 252-page book by James S.
Final Report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission volume 1 Summary, Honouring the Truth Reconciling for the Future is publisher James Lorimer's edition of the TRC Final Report Summary. This volume includes the history of residential schools, the legacy of that school system, and the full text of the Commission's 94 recommendations for action to address that legacy. The history of residential schools in Canada has usually been overlooked in standard history texts for Canadian schools. This report brings some of facts to light during the 6-year Commission mandate.
First Nations People in Canada is an accessible and up-to-date account of social demographics will be essential reading for students and scholars wishing to understand the full context of First Nations peoples in Canada. Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary James S. Frideres' introduction to the current status of First Nations considers often troubled relations with the federal government as well as their surprising resilience.
Moving Forward: A Collection about Truth and Reconciliation supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to action in this 88-page anthology from McGraw-Hill Ryerson's iLit Series. This collection includes short stories, poems, essays, and art created by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis authors and artists on the topics of truth and reconciliation as they relate to residential schools. Each selection includes Before, During, and After questions and activities that support English Language Arts grades 10 to 12 curricula from across the country.
In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation is a collection of fifteen opinion pieces and short anecdotes from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely conversation. These reflective and personal pieces come from journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, filmmakers, city planners, and lawyers, all of whom share their personal light-bulb moments regarding when and how they grappled with the harsh reality of colonization in Canada, and its harmful legacy.
Who Are These People Anyway? told by Chief Irving Powless Jr. of the Onondaga Nation is a valuable addition to the understanding of Haudenosaunee worldview. Edited by Lesley Forrester the volume in Syracuse University Press the Iroquois and Their Neighbors series offers readers a fine example of Iroquois oral history recorded as a collection of Haudenosaunee teachings. Irving Powless Jr. has been a chief of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation since 1964.