Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut offers secondary school students, college students, and the general public with a glimpse into the cultural and traditional knowledge of the Inuit of Nunavut. The editors have compiled an extensive collection of quotes from three hundred Inuit Elders and organized these into major themes such as homes, food, clothing, naming, music and dance, leadership, justice, navigation, cosmology, shamanism, medicine, death and burial, childbirth, hunting, and gathering.
The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7 is based on the testimony of over 80 Elders from the five First Nations involved in Treaty 7: the Bloods, Peigans, Siksika, Stoney, and Tsuu T'ina. Their recollections highlight the grave misconceptions and misrepresentations between the two sides, due in part to inadequate interpretation and/or deliberate attempts to mislead.
Honour Earth Mother: Mino-Audiaudauhi Mizzu-Kummik-Quae by noted Ojibwe author Basil Johnston examines the traditional teachings and stories of the Ojibwe that can help all readers make the connections between creation, the land, the animals, and humans. He writes in a storytelling-style that will appeal to all people who want to understand the close relationship between First Nations and the environment. The legends or traditional narratives are retold in this collection.
Enough is Enough: Aboriginal Women Speak Out explains the role of the women from Tobique First Nations who worked to changed the Indian Act as it related to marriage to a non-Indian man. They provide their personal stories in the first half of the book. The second half provides a more detailed account of the changes made to the Indian Act and the political advocacy necessary to bring forward Bill C-31. Bill C-31 amended the Indian Act and ended over 100 years of legislated sexual discrimination against First Nations women who married non-status men.
Women of the First Nations: Power, Wisdom, and Strength has it origin at the National Symposium on Aboriginal Women of Canada,at University of Lethbridge, 19 October 1989. Edited by Christine Miller and Patricia Chuchryk with Marie Smallface Marule, Brenda Manyfingers, and Cheryl Deering, this volume contains the voices and perspectives of a cross-section of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women from various disciples. The book opens with the address by Jeannette Armstrong on the role of Aboriginal women in traditional Aboriginal society.
Who are the Aboriginal peoples of Canada? Who decides? How many are there, and where do they live? The 1982 amendments to the Canadian Constitution recognize and affirm the existing Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, specifically the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples. This book is about the legal and policy issues that must be confronted if this Constitutional commitment is to be honoured. In its 1996 report, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples laid out a process to recognize and define Canada's Aboriginal peoples. The federal government has ignored it.
Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice is the reissue of the 1996 book by Rupert Ross, a former assistant Crown attorney. His experiences with Aboriginal restorative justice are detailed in this publication. His perspective on healing circles and Aboriginal cultural teachings were gathered during a three year secondment with Justice Canada. He travelled across Canada and draws on personal experiences gained during community visits about healing circles, criminal justice, and First Nations teachings about peacemaker justice.
Roots of the Iroquois is organzied into 20 brief chapters that tell the cultural history of the Six Nations Iroquois or Haudenosaunee. Beginning with the Migration of the Iroquois, the sections cover the Formation of the Great Law of Peace, arrival of the Europeans, Christian conversions, French and English Wars, the Code of Handsome Lake, the American Revolution, Cornplanter and his Father, Honayawas (Farmer's Brother), the Oneida, Chief Skenandoah, and the Migration of the Turcaroras.
Wampum Belts of the Iroquois is a reprint of the original text published by Ray Fadden (Tehanetorens) and the Six Nations Museum at Onchiota, New York. This reissue is an important introductory text about the significance and historical value of wampum used by the Six Nations Iroquois (Haudenosaunee). Over 40 wampum belts are described and accompanied by photographs of reproductions. Students attending the Indian Way School at Akwesasne made these reproductions as a project to further their understanding the importance to Iroquois culture and history.
Basic Call to Consciousness is a collection of essays in which leaders of the Six Nations Iroquois discuss the importance of honouring the sacred Web of Life and describe the spiritual roots of their traditional government and cultural traditions. This 120-page book posits a compelling critique of Western culture and an eloquent text on the rights of Indigenous nations. Presented here are three position papers delivered to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in 1977.