The People of Denendeh: Ethnohistory of the Indians of Canada's Northwest Territories is an in-depth exploration of the lives and culture of the Dene. This impressive collection brings together the results of June Helm's fifty years of studying the culture and ethnohistory of the Dene, Athapaskan-speaking Indians of the Mackenzie River drainage of the western subarctic.
As Long As This Land Shall Last: A History of Treaty 8 and Treaty 11, 1870-1939 is an historically accurate study that takes no sides. This book is the first complete document of Treaties 8 and 11 between the Canadian government and First Nations at the turn of the nineteenth century.
When geologist Chuck Fipke discovered diamonds on the Barren Grounds near Yellowknife in Canada's Arctic, international mining companies almost immediately began to stake claims to the minerals: pure "ice" diamonds untainted by bloodshed and war. These diamond lands are home to the Dene, peoples who have hunted, fished, and lived on these grounds since time immemorial. To mine these lands required the agreement of the First Nations, the Inuit, the mining company, and two levels of government.
A Man Called Raven is a powerful story for young readers about the meaning of respect for life. Two young boys torment a raven and then a mysterious man visits their home. He tells them about a man long ago who was mean to everyone. The story explains how the man was turned into a raven as punishment. Sometimes when people need to hear the teachings, the man returns to explain why we should respect the animals and birds. The author, Richard Van Camp, is Dogrib from the Northwest Territories. His story is based on the teachings of an Elder from his community.
OUT OF PRINT Fort Chipewyan Homecoming: A Journey to Native Canada is sensitive account of a mother and her son as they return to her childhood community. Fort Chipewyan is a Cree and Chipewyan community in northeastern Alberta. During the visit, mother and son meet relatives, go fishing, clean and dry their catch, make bannock, pick berries, and attend Treaty Day. Author Morningstar Mercredi has written an informative book that introduces young readers to a contemporary First Nations community.