In Implicating the System: Judicial Discourses in the Sentencing of Indigenous Women, Elspeth Kaiser-Derrick’s work links the overrepresentation and intergenerational aspect of Indigenous clients involved in sex work at 80%. Other findings including from the Department of Justice Canada directly relate this to particular and distinctive historical and political processes entrenched in the colonial process.
Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice: The Gerald Stanley and Colten Boushie Case, by Kent Roach is the trial of Colten Boushie, a twenty-two-year-old Cree man from Red Pheasant First Nation, who was fatally shot on a Saskatchewan farm by white farmer Gerald Stanley in August 2016. Stanley was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter by a jury in Battleford. Kent Roach critically reconstructs the Gerald Stanley/Colten Boushie case in Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice examining historical, legal, political, and sociological background to the case.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
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.
Will I See? is a 2016 graphic novel from Highwater Press by David Alexander Robertson. From a story idea by Iskwe and Erin Leslie, the topic of missing and murdered Indigenous women receives a new treatment in this graphic novel. Illustrated in black and white with minimal red splashes on appropriate pages, this difficult story begins with a reader warning that this graphic novel could act as a trigger because of the content about violence against women. It begins with a First Nation teen living in the city with her grandmother.
Dying From Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody critiques of the Canadian settler state and its legal system especially the treatment of Indigenous people, the unparalleled authority of the police and the justice system, and their systematic inhumanity towards those whose lives they perceive as insignificant. This book examines inquiries and inquests into untimely Indigenous deaths in state custody often tell the same story.
First Nations People in Canada is an accessible and up-to-date account of social demographics will be essential reading for students and scholars wishing to understand the full context of First Nations peoples in Canada. Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary James S. Frideres' introduction to the current status of First Nations considers often troubled relations with the federal government as well as their surprising resilience.