In this deeply engaging oral history, Doug Williams, Anishinaabe elder, teacher and mentor to Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, recounts the history of the Michi Saagiig Nisnaabeg, tracing through personal and historical events, and presenting what manifests as a crucial historical document that confronts entrenched institutional narratives of the history of the region.
Storying Violence: Unravelling Colonial Narratives in the Stanley Trial is written by Gina Starblanket, Cree/Saulteaux and a member of the Star Blanket Cree Nation in Treaty 4 territory; and Dallas Hunt, Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. Storying Violence uses colonial and socio-political narratives that underlie white rural settler life to discuss the fatal shooting of Cree youth Colten Boushie by Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in August of 2016.
Becoming Our Future, edited by Julie Nagam, Anishinaabe/Métis/German/Syrian; Carly Lane, a Murri woman from Queensland; and Megan Tamati-Quennell (Te Ātiawa, Ngāi Tahu), of Māori descent, investigates international Indigenous methodologies in curatorial practice from the geographic spaces of Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia. From a perspective of Indigenous peoples important place within society, this collection explores how Indigenous art and culture operate within and from a structural framework that is unique and is positioned outside of the non-Indigenous cultural milieu.
Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin: Reclaiming, Reconnecting, and Demystifying Resiliency as Life Force Energy for Residential School Survivors is by Theresa Turmel, Anishinaabe-kwe from Michpicoten First Nation. Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin is a twenty-five year research and community based book.
Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal edited by Kiera L Ladner and Myra J Tait is published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing (ARP Books) to coincide with celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. This collection of poems, essays, interviews, song lyrics, essays, art, and literature examines the struggle for Indigenous Peoples to celebrate their cultures and exercise their right to control their own economic development, lands, water, and lives.
Totem Poles and Railroads 2017 FNCR succinctly defines the 500-year-old relationship between Indigenous nations and the corporation of Canada. In this, her fifth poetry collection, Janet Rogers expands on that definition with a playful, culturally powerful and, at times, experimental voice. She pays honour to her poetic characters - real and imagined, historical and present day - from Sacajawea to Nina Simone.
Talking to the Diaspora is an enlightening collection of thoughtful, rhythmic poems. In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Lee Maracle has earned the reputation as one of Canada's most ardent and celebrated writers. Talking to the Diaspora, Maracle's second book of poetry, is at once personal and profound. From the revolutionary Where Is that Odd Dandelion-Looking Flower to the tender poem Salmon Dance, from the biting Language to the elegiac Boy in the Archives, these poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which Maracle is beloved and revered.
Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights: In Defence of Indigenous Struggles provides much needed conceptual and historical analysis of Aboriginal and treaty rights in Canada, and offers concrete suggestions to transform the current policy paradigm into one that supports and invigorates Indigenous cultures in a contemporary context. Aboriginal rights do not belong to the broader category of universal human rights because they are grounded in the particular practices of Aboriginal people.
Violence No More: The Rise of Indigenous Women maps the colonial roots and routes of this tragedy while also showing the massive, consistent and persistent resistance to it. Following the path of many Indigenous women before her, Nanibush offers potential solutions to the continued colonization of Indigenous bodies through violence. In Violence No More, Wanda Nanibush offers personal, political and historical accounts of violence against Indigenous women, children and two-spirited people.
The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation in Canada is a visually striking collection that combines innovative writing with images to explore how artists working across a variety of disciplines and media define, envision, and experience reconciliation. The contributors acknowledge reconciliation as contested terrain in the context of Canada as an ongoing colonial enterprise, a prominent narrative about Indigenous settler relations, and a catalyst for critical conversations about what social justice might look like.