First Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada contains eleven essays by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars that discuss the many ways Indigenous Peoples in Canada can influence public discourse and policies within various institutions. The collection is edited by Annis May Timpson, director of the Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Developed from the initial conference, First Nations, First Thoughts conference at the University of Edinburgh in 2005, are the various papers presented in this volume.
Where the Pavement Ends: Canada's Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation is filled with inspiring stories gathered from journalist Marie Wadden's discussions with activists across Canada who are involved in the Aboriginal healing movement. But the book is also a passionate wake-up call aimed at all Canadians. Existing government policies, Wadden argues, perpetuate the problems that are tearing Aboriginal families and communities apart. We must make social healing in Aboriginal communities an immediate national priority.
Where the Blood Mixes: A Play by N'lakap'mux playwright Kevin Loring received the 2009 Governor General's Award for English Drama. This five character play focuses on the character of Floyd and his possible reconciliation and reconnection with his adult daughter. Floyd's alcoholism covers his painful memories of residential school. He struggles to find the courage to meet his daughter who was taken years ago by social services and placed with an urban foster family. Loring states that the play explores themes of life, death and renewal. Mature themes and coarse language.
Indigenous Legal Traditions is part of the Legal Dimensions Series published by the Law Commission of Canada. This volume contains five legal essays that contribute to the ongoing debate over the Indigenous legal traditions of First Nations in Canada. The recognition of these traditions can assist First Nations communities in preserving their political autonomy as healthy Nations. Contributors include Andree Lajoie, Dawnis Kennedy, Ghislain Otis, Ted Palys, Wenona Victor, Paulette Regan, and Perry Shawana.
Two Families: Treaties and Government by Harold Johnson is a conversation between a Cree man and the Canadian public. As a practicing lawyer, Johnson wrote the book as his personal response to a student's question about treaties. Johnson's ancestors signed Treaty 6 in 1876. This easy-to-read account effectively conveys the treaty relationship between First Nations and the government. Johnson establishes the framework for any treaty discussions in the opening chapter.
An Illustrated History of Canada's Native Peoples: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began is the 2011 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.
Sociology professor presents an inside story about the dynamics of British Columbia's public opinion and polling campaign that surrounded the Nisga'a Treaty. How the government of this province influenced public opinion as it marketed its policies to the people of British Columbia is the purpose of the book. The author compares this process to the methods used by Australia in it polling efforts about reconciliation with Aboriginal People.
Sociologist examines the ongoing treaty process in British Columbia established in 1992. Designed to resolve outstanding land claims of First Nations the process has pitted First Nations against non-Aboriginals in the province. The author views the process as a discourse between justice and certainty. He draws on interviews and archival and modern treaty documents to argue that justice needs in win out in the province so reconciliation can occur.
In The Marshall Decision and Native Rights Ken Coates explains the cross-cultural, legal, and political implications of the recent Supreme Court decision on the Donald Marshall case. He describes the events, personalities, and conflicts that brought the Maritimes to the brink of a major confrontation between Mi'kmaq and the non-Mi'kmaq fishers in the fall of 1999, detailing the bungling by federal departments and the lack of police preparedness.
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada provides a current, comprehensive introduction to Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Now in its 9th edition this introductory Native Studies text offers new content such as urban life, gender issues, the Métis, the Inuit, and global issues relating to Aboriginal Peoples. The book covers the recent changes to the Aboriginal Affairs ministry, the residential school apology, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The material is presented from the perspective of Native Peoples (as opposed to from the perspective of federal and provincial governments).