To Share, Not Surrender: Indigenous and Settler Visions of Treaty-Making in the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, edited by Edited by Peter Cook, Neil Vallance, John Sutton Lutz, Graham Brazier and Hamar Foster, discusses how history and knowledge of Indigenous-settler conflict over land take the form of confidential reports prepared for court challenges. To Share, Not Surrender offers an entirely new approach, opening scholarship to the public and augmenting it with First Nations community expertise.
First Nations Wildfire Evacuations: A Guide for Communities and External Agencies, is an evacuation guide written by Tara McGee and Amy Cardinal Christianson, a Métis woman from Treaty 8 territory, and the First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership made up of representatives from seven First Nations, as well as researchers and agencies involved in providing support during wildfire evacuations. Its aim is to learn about how First Nation peoples and communities have been affected by evacuations and to make recommendations for how to reduce their negative impacts.
The Canadian public largely understands reconciliation as the harmonization of Indigenous–settler relations for the benefit of the nation. But is this really happening? Reconciliation politics can work counter to retributive justice. The Theatre of Regret asks whether – within the contexts of settler colonialism – the approach to reconciliation will ultimately favour the state over the needs and requirements of Indigenous peoples.
In A People and a Nation: New Directions in Contemporary Métis Studies, edited by Jennifer Adese, otipemisiwak/Métis and Chris Andersen, Métis, offer readers a set of lenses through which to consider the complexity of historical and contemporary Métis nationhood and peoplehood. Multidisciplinary chapters on identity, politics, literature, history, spirituality, religion, and kinship networks orient the conversation toward Métis experiences today.
Métis Politics and Governance in Canada, by scholars Kelly Saunders and Janique Dubois, offers a novel and practical guide to understand who the Métis are, how they govern themselves, and the challenges they face on the path to self-government. The Métis have always been a political people. With the culmination of the North-West Resistance in 1885 and the hanging of their spiritual and political leader, Louis Riel, the Métis continued to take political action to give life to Riel’s vision of a self-governing Métis Nation in Canada.
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.
From Wardship to Rights: The Guerin Case and Aboriginal Law is by Jim Reynolds, former general council for the Musqueam Indian Band in Vancouver. He has practiced, taught, and written about Aboriginal law for four decades, and has acted for clients in major litigation advancing Aboriginal rights, including the Guerin case, as well as in many economic development projects. He has numerous publications, the most recent being Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction. From Wardship to Rights, tells the story of a First Nation's quest for justice.
Our Hearts Are As One Fire by Jerry Fontaine is a vision shared. A manifesto. This remarkable work draws on Ojibway-, Ota’wa-, and Ishkodawatomi-Anishinabe world views, history, and lived experience to develop a wholly Ojibway-Anishinabe interpretation of the role of traditional leadership and governance today. Taking as his starting point the idea that Anishinabeg need to reconnect with non-colonized modes of thinking, social organization, and decision making in order to achieve genuine sovereignty, Jerry Fontaine (makwa ogimaa) looks to historically significant models.
Caring for Eeyou Istchee: Protected Area Creation on Wemindji Cree Territory is an edited and landmark volume for its in-depth, decade-long, detailed documentation and importance for protecting terrestrial and marine areas of Wemindjii Cree Territory through historical and political contexts and conditions of protected area development. Through the co-leadership of Chief Rodney Mark and anthropologist Colin Scott, who, with Monica Mulrennan and Katherine Scott, introduce this work, Caring for Eeyou-Istchee presents the findings and an analysis for a collaborative research program.