Winona LaDuke is a leader in cultural-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, sustainable food systems and Indigenous rights. To Be a Water Protector, explores issues that have been central to her activism for many years — sacred Mother Earth, our despoiling of Earth and the activism at Standing Rock and opposing Line 3. For this book, Winona discusses several elements of a New Green Economy and the lessons we can take from activists outside the US and Canada.
Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State documents the country’s national security systems and their methods when policing Indigenous activists and organizations as they demonstrate and seek to protect Indigenous territories and resources in the face of government-supported resource extraction. In measures to protect the land, prevent pipeline development and fracking, land and water defenders have created a national discussion about these issues and successfully slowed the rate of resource extraction.
In The Medicine of Peace, Jeffrey Ansloos, Nêhiyaw, Cree and English, and is a member of Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochekwi-Sipi; Treaty 5), explores the complex intersections of colonial violence, the current status of Indigenous youth in Canada in regard to violence and the possibilities of critical-Indigenous psychologies of nonviolence. Indigenous youth are disproportionately at risk for violent victimization and incarceration within the justice system. They are also marginalized and oppressed within our systems of academia, mental health and social work.
The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice is a major work, a collection of current, pressing and inspirational stories of Indigenous communities from the Canadian subarctic to the heart of Dine Bii Kaya, Navajo Nation. Chronicles is a book literally risen from the ashes - beginning in 2008 after her home burned to the ground - and collectively is an accounting of Winona's personal path of recovery, finding strength and resilience in the writing itself as well as in her work.
Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Grassroots Citizens is a current selection of blog posts (2010 to 2015) by well-known lawyer, activist and academic Pamela Palmater. Palmater offers critical legal and political commentary and analysis on legislation, Aboriginal rights, Canadian politics, First Nations politics and social issues such as murdered and missing Indigenous women, poverty, economics, education, sovereignty, Idle No More, identity and culture.
Nta'tugwaqanminen Our Story provides evidence that the Mi'gmaq of the Gespe'gewa'gi (Northern New Brunswick and the Gaspe Peninsula) have occupied their territory since time immemorial. They were the sole occupants of it prior to European settlement and occupied it on a continuous basis. This book was written through an alliance between the Mi'gmaq of Northern Gesp'gewa'gi (Gaspe Peninsula), their Elders and a group of eminent researchers in the field with the aim of reclaiming their history, both oral and written, in the context of what is known as knowledge re-appropriation.
More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom is about Indigenous resistance and resurgence across lands and waters claimed by Canada. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors describe and analyze struggles against contemporary colonialism by the Canadian state and, more broadly, against the global colonial-capitalist system. Resistance includes Indigenous survival against centuries of genocidal policies and the on-going dispossession and destruction of Indigenous lands and waters.
Moving Forward, Giving Back: Transformative Aboriginal Adult Education describes the initiatives and strategies that have proven successful and transformative for adult urban Aboriginal students. Drawing upon the voices and experiences of Aboriginal adult learners themselves, editor Jim Silver has compiled an essential collection of ten essays written by adult edition professionals working in the Winnipeg inner-city region.
During the 1900s eugenics gained favour as a means of controlling the birth rate among “undesirable” populations in Canada. Though many people were targeted, the coercive sterilization of one group has gone largely unnoticed. An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women unpacks long-buried archival evidence to begin documenting the forced sterilization of Aboriginal women in Canada.