Based on a deposition signed by 14 Chiefs of the Thompson River basin on the occasion of a visit to their lands by Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1910, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout is a ritualized retelling of how the First Nations of British Columbia lost their fishing, hunting and grazing rights, their lands, and finally their language without their agreement or consent, and without any treaties ever having been signed.
In many North American Indigenous cultures, history and stories are passed down, not by the written word, but by oral tradition. In Maps of Experience, Andie Diane Palmer draws on stories recorded during travels through Secwepemc (Shuswap) hunting and gathering territory with members of the Alkali Lake Reserve in Interior British Columbia. Palmer examines how the various kinds of talk allow knowledge to be carried forward, reconstituted, reflected upon, enriched, and ultimately relocated by and for new interlocutors in new experiences and places.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Kamloops Indian Residential School is the revised edition of the book documenting the personal memories of 32 First Nations men and women who attended Kamloops Indian Residential School. The school operated from 1893 to 1977. The legacy of abuse and suffering is left behind as the survivors tell their personal stories that assist in their individual healing. The profound impact of the residential school experience is evident throughout the documented accounts.
Where the Rivers Meet is a young adult novel by educator Don Sawyer. Set in the small town environment of British Columbia, the story revolves around a Native teenager, Nancy Antoine. She lives on a reserve just outside the town where she attends high school. A railway bridge over a treacherous river gorge links the town and reserve communities. The river and the environment figure prominently in the narrative. The author explores the daily prejudices endured by the Native students through the eyes of Nancy as she witnesses first hand the social disintegration of her community.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Coyote U: Stories and Teachings From the Secwepemc Education Institute is a unique collection of writing from the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Territory of British Columbia. This anthology is the product of a highly successful Aboriginal Educational Program created by the partnership of the Secwepemc Cultural Education Institute and Simon Fraser University.