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.
Legacy is the first novel by Waubgeshig Rice, whose collection of stories; Midnight Sweatlodge was the Gold Medal Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2012 for Adult Multicultural Fiction. Set in the 1990s, Legacy deals with violence against a young Indigenous woman and its lingering after-shocks on an Anishinaabe family in Ontario. Its themes of injustice, privilege and those denied it, reconciliation and revenge, are as timely as today's headlines. Waubgeshig Rice is a broadcast journalist and writer who lives in Ottawa.
At its core, God and the Indian, by celebrated Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, explores the complex process of healing through dialogue. Loosely based on Death and the Maiden by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman, the play identifies the ambiguities that frame past traumatic events. Against the backdrop of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has facilitated the recent outpouring of stories from residential school survivors across the country, the play explores what is possible when the abused meets the abuser and is given a free forum for expression.
In In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America & the UN Declaration, Walter Echo-Hawk explains how the harm historically inflicted on the Indigenous peoples in the United States still commands attention because of the ongoing affects of the past on conditions today.
Aboriginal Law: Commentary and Analysis is the 2012 edition of this important introduction to Aboriginal legal issues in Canada. Thomas Isaac highlights the most important aspects of Canadian law as it impacts on Aboriginal peoples and their relationship with the wider Canadian society. While covering important issues such as Aboriginal and treaty rights, constitutional issues, land claims, self-government, provincial and federal roles in dealing with Aboriginal peoples, the rights of the Métis, and the Indian Act, this book pays particular attention to the Crown’s duty to consult.
In An Ethic of Mutual Respect: The Covenant Chain and Aboriginal-Crown Relations, Bruce Morito offers a philosophical interrogation of the predominant current reading of the historical record regarding the Covenant Chain. Over the course of a century until the late 1700s, the British Crown, the Haudenosaunee, Ojibwe, Delaware, Wendat and other First Nations of eastern North America developed a system of alliances and treaties that came to be known collectively as the Covenant Chain.
Unearthed is a collection of poems written by Janet Rogers and published in 2011. Janet Marie Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations of the Grand River in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, short fiction, science fiction, play writing, spoken-word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poems with music.
Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence by Mississauga researcher, writer, and educator Leanne Simpson examines Ojibwe Creation stories, language, and the traditional knowledge of Elders to create an understanding of reconciliation. By challenging the status quo interpretation of reconciliation as it relates to Indigenous people, Leanne Simpson offers a thoughtful alternative means of reaching true reconciliation using teachings such as the Seven Grandfather teachings, the Four Hills of Life, and Creation and Nanabush stories.