A Reconciliation without Recollection? An Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law in Canada by Joshua Ben David Nichols with a foreword by John Borrows and James Tully, discusses the assertion that the current framework for reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state is based on the Supreme Court of Canada’s acceptance of the Crown’s assertion of sovereignty, legislative power, and underlying title.
In, Fight or Submit: Standing Tall in Two Worlds by Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson states in the opening to his memoir, that his “story is not a litany of complaints but a list of battles” that he has fought. And he promises he will not be overly pious in his telling of them. “As a businessman,” he writes, “I like to give the straight goods. In Fight or Submit, Grand Chief Derrickson delivers on his promise. Born and raised in a tarpaper shack, he went on to become one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in Canada.
Nous sommes gentils is the French version of When We Are Kind, a children’s picture book by Monique Gray Smith of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry; and illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, who is Diné (Navajo) on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side. When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.
Four Faces of the Moon is a book by Métis filmmaker, illustrator, media artist, and stop-motion director Amanda Strong and with an afterword by Dr. Sherry Farrell-Racette, a Métis scholar. In Four Faces of the Moon, Spotted Fawn, who is on a journey to uncover her family’s story, travels through time and space to reclaim connection to ancestors, language, and the land. In the dreamworld she bears witness to a mountain of buffalo skulls. They stand as a ghostly monument to the slaughter of the Plains bison to near extinction.
Nested Federalism and Inuit Governance in the Canadian Arctic by Gary Wilson, Christopher Alcantara and Thierry Rodon, discusses Indigenous communities’ successful negotiations in the creation of self-governing regions. Most of these are situated within existing units of the Canadian federation, creating forms of nested federalism.
Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake tells the story of how the Serpent River Anishinaabek confronted the persistent forces of settler colonialism and the effects of uranium mining at Elliot Lake, Ontario. Written by Lianne Leddy, a member of Serpent River First Nation, Serpent River Resurgence draws on extensive archival, participant interview, and newspaper sources as she examines the environmental and political power relationships that affected her homeland in the Cold War period.
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.
Land of the Midnight Sun is the third edition of this book on the history of the Yukon by Ken Coates and William Morrison. This work covers the Herschel Island Whaling, pre-1900 fur trading, the post second World War resource boom, struggle for responsible government and the emergence of Indigenous political protest. Land of the Midnight Sun emphasizes the role of First Nations and the struggle of Yukoners within Confederation.
The Case of Windy Lake is a chapter book for young readers who enjoy mysteries and problem-solving along with traditions and culture. The author of ‘A Mighty Muskrats Mystery’ series, Michael Hutchinson is a citizen of Misipawistik Cree Nation in the Treaty 5 territory, and his familiarity with the land and life experiences are reflected in these mystery adventures. Cousins Samuel, Chickadee, Atim and Otter – the Mighty Muskrats - visit and live on the First Nation rez at Windy Lake. This mystery begins when an archaeologist goes missing from a mining company.
From New Peoples to New Nations: Aspects of Métis History and Identity from the Eighteenth to Twenty-first Century is a broad historical account of the emergence of the Métis as distinct peoples in North America over the last three hundred years. Examining the cultural, economic, and political strategies through which communities define their boundaries, Gerhard J. Ens and Joe Sawchuk trace the invention and reinvention of Métis identities from the late eighteenth century to the present day.