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.
The Way Home is a memoir and autobiography by Kwakiutl photographer, woodcarver, hand engraver, painter, writer, printmaker, and jewellery maker, by David A. Neel. It is a story of returning to traditions and culture of his father’s and his people, the Kwakwaka’wakw of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. He had a sense of having a place of origin and reconnects with the people of his father’s work, Dave Neel, Snr and the rich symbolism of his art. He is also influenced by Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James.
Indigenous Peoples and Dementia: New Understandings of Memory Loss and Memory Care is edited by Wendy Hulko, Danielle Wilson, and Jean E. Balestrery. In 2017 Canada passed legislation to create a national dementia strategy. Commissioned provincial reports refer to the reduction of the ‘economic burden of dementia’ with little emphasis on persons with dementia as citizens who had rights to dignity and care.
Assembling Unity, Indigenous Politics, Gender, and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) by Sarah Nickel begins with the establishment of the UBCIC in 1969 at Tk’emlups te Secwepemc at the Kamloops Indian residential school with the assembly of 150 delegates. This was the first meeting of 200 First Nations bands in what is now British Columbia. UBCIC was therefore a pan-Indigenous political organization in united support against the White Paper introduced the same year by Pierre Trudeau, proposing to abolish the Indian Act, terminate treaties, and eliminate special status.
In Men, Masculinity and the Indian Act, Martin Cannon, Onyota’a:ka (Oneida Nation) Turtle Clan, is about the inter-relationship between sexism and racialization. This book focuses on the impact of the Indian Act on the divisibility of Indigenous women into either/or ‘women’ or ‘Indians’. It also focuses on the collectivity of “Indians” in this Act, which affects men, women, two-spirit, transgendered or gay people.
Otter's Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law takes the Anishinaabe traditional protocols regarding storytelling to explore how Ojibwe language revitalization can inform the growing field of Indigenous legal revitalization. Utilizing the process of storytelling the book follows the journey of Otter, an Ojibwe dodem on a journey across Anishinaabe, Inuit, Maori, Coast Salish, and Abenaki territories, through a narrative of Indigenous resurgence.