Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts, 2nd ed. by Cree/Saulteaux professor Margaret Kovach is a groundbreaking text in the field of Indigenous research. Since its original publication in 2009, it has become the most-trusted guide used in the study of Indigenous methodologies and has been adopted in university courses around the world. It provides a conceptual and methodological framework for conducting Indigenous methodologies and serves as a useful entry point for those wishing to learn more broadly about Indigenous research.
Thirty years ago, in Wabanaki territory – a region encompassing the state of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes – a group of Native and non-Native individuals came together to explore some of the most pressing questions at the heart of Truth and Healing efforts in the United States and Canada. Themes emerge, such as the mutual benefits that can be achieved by coming together; what meeting in a Talking Circle, surrounded by ceremony, taught the participants; and what Indigenous ways of knowing can teach us all.
Canadian Law and Indigenous Self-Determination: A Naturalist Analysis by Gordon Christie discusses how for centuries, Canadian sovereignty has existed uneasily alongside forms of Indigenous legal and political authority. Canadian Law and Indigenous Self-Determination demonstrates how, over the last few decades, Canadian law has attempted to remove Indigenous sovereignty from the Canadian legal and social landscape.
Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada is the newly revised third edition by J. R. Miller. A professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, Miller has made substantial additions to his comprehensive 1989 text. Miller views Indian-White relations within a four-stage framework. His original thesis remains unchanged but his revisions acknowledges the changes from Oka in 1990, the sovereignty issue, and the results of several recent court decisions such as Delgamuukw.
Creating Indigenous Property: Power, Rights, and Relationships, is edited by Angela Cameron, Sari Graben and Val Napoleon. Val Napoleon is from northeast British Columbia (Treaty 8) and a member of Saulteau First Nation. She is also an adopted member of the Gitanyow (Gitksan) House of Luuxhon, Ganada (Frog) Clan. Creating Indigenous Property discusses how the colonial imposition of the Canadian legal order has undermined Indigenous law, creating gaps and sometimes distortions, yet Indigenous peoples have taken up the challenge of rebuilding their laws, governance, and economies.
In Law’s Indigenous Ethics, John Borrow, Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, examines how Indigenous peoples’ own legal and policy frameworks can be used to develop relationships which reflect on love, truth, bravery, humility, wisdom, honesty, and respect. Law’s Indigenous Ethics examines the revitalization of Indigenous peoples’ relationship to their own laws and, in so doing, attempts to enrich Canadian constitutional law more generally.
A Reconciliation without Recollection? An Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law in Canada by Joshua Ben David Nichols with a foreword by John Borrows and James Tully, discusses the assertion that the current framework for reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state is based on the Supreme Court of Canada’s acceptance of the Crown’s assertion of sovereignty, legislative power, and underlying title.
Wise Practices: Exploring Indigenous Economic Justice and Self-Determination is an edited volume by Robert Hamilton; John Borrows; Brent Mainprize; Ryan Beaton and Joshua Ben David Nichols. Wise Practices discusses how Indigenous peoples in Canada are striving for greater economic prosperity and political self-determination. Investigating specific legal, economic, and political practices, and including research from interviews with Indigenous political and business leaders, this collection seeks to provide insights grounded in lived experience.
Intimate Integration: A History of the Sixties Scoop and the Colonization of Indigenous Kinship, by Allyson Stevenson, Métis, privileges Indigenous voices and experiences, by documenting the rise and fall of North American transracial adoption projects, including the Adopt Indian and Métis Project and the Indian Adoption Project. The author argues that the integration of adopted Indian and Métis children mirrored the new direction in post-war Indian policy and welfare services.