Hiawatha and the Peacemaker is an outstanding picture book that explains the essential knowledge about the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace retold for readers in grade 4 and up. Six Nations musician Robbie Robertson (formerly of The Band) teams up with American artist David Shannon to create a richly illustrated account of the journey of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker who brought the message of peace, power, and righteousness to five warring nations (the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and the Onondaga).
Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada's Legal Barriers is an historical examination of Canadian legal regimes and the negative impact they have had on the health of Aboriginal peoples. Everything from the early ban on traditional practices to the constitutional division of powers is examined (including who is responsible for off-reserve Indians under the Constitution). The author argues there is a clear connection between the health of individuals and the legal regime under which they live, and that our legal regime is one of the determinants of health.
Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action In and Beyond Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission focuses on the role that music, film, visual art, and Indigenous cultural practices play in and beyond Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. Contributors here examine the impact of aesthetic and sensory experience in residential school history, at TRC national and community events, and in artwork and exhibitions not affiliated with the TRC.
Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism in Canada editors, Armand Garnet Ruffo and Heather Macfarlane, gathered this collection that serves to trace the development of Indigenous literatures while highlighting major trends and themes. The anthology collects 26 indispensable critical essays, from E. Pauline Johnson to Daniel Heath Justice. Though Canadian critics and writers are emphasized, some key works of Native American literary criticism such as N. Scott Momaday, Kimberley Blaeser, Qwo-Li Driskill, and Daniel Heath Justice are also included.
The Reason You Walk is one of five finalists for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. 2016 recipient of Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for non-fiction. When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew (Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation) decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant Ojibwe man who'd raised him. The Reason You Walk spans the year 2012, chronicling painful moments in the past and celebrating renewed hopes and dreams for the future.
The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation in Canada is a visually striking collection that combines innovative writing with images to explore how artists working across a variety of disciplines and media define, envision, and experience reconciliation. The contributors acknowledge reconciliation as contested terrain in the context of Canada as an ongoing colonial enterprise, a prominent narrative about Indigenous settler relations, and a catalyst for critical conversations about what social justice might look like.
Literary Land Claims: From Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat analyzes works produced between 1832 and the late 1970s by writers who resisted these dominant notions. Margery Fee, professor of English at the University of British Columbia, where she has taught Indigenous literature since 1996, examines the standard notions of Canadian literature that views the land as Canadians' home and native land, and has been used as evidence of the civilization needed to claim and rule that land.
In One Story, One Song, Ojibwe writer Richard Wagamese again invites readers to accompany him on his travels. This time, his focus is on sixty plus non-fiction stories: how they shape us, how they empower us, how they change our lives. Traditional and contemporary, cultural and spiritual, funny and sad, the short stories are grouped according to the four Ojibwe storytelling principles: balance, harmony, knowledge and intuition.
The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel is a 128-page, full colour, adult theme graphic novel. Based on the PhD thesis, Reconciliation, repatriation and reconnection: A framework for building resilience in Canadian Indigenous families, Métis counsellor Patti Laboucane-Benson presents a fictionalized graphic novel that reads as a crime novel. This evidence-based work of creative non-fiction is illustrated by non-Aboriginal graphic artist Kelly Mellings. Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict.
Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School by journalist Chris Benjamin tackles the controversial and tragic history of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, its predecessors, and its lasting effects, giving voice to multiple perspectives. Benjamin integrates research, interviews, and testimonies to guide readers through the varied experiences of students, principals, and teachers over the school's nearly forty years of operation (1930-1967) and beyond.