Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada: Current Trends and Issues is the third edition of this self-government title in Purich Publishing's popular Aboriginal Issues series. In this new edition editor Yale Belanger gathered 19 comprehensive essays by 31 scholars and politicians to deal with the practical side of self-government as it is unfolding in Canada. The book is organized into five sections with section one covering the basic introduction to self-government as it understood by contemporary Aboriginal scholars.
The Constitution of the Five Nations or The Iroquois Book of the Great Law is a reprint of Arthur C. Parker's monograph published as New York State Museum Bulletin no. 184 in 1916. This text includes two English translations of the Iroquois Great Law. Parker collected the first manuscript from Seth Newhouse, a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River, who prepared the story of the founding of the Great Law of Peace. Newhouse attempted to have the Six Nations Chiefs approve of his version of the Great Law but they refused.
The Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway is the classic book about Ojibway traditional teachings written for children and all learners. Edward Benton Banai is the Ojibway teacher and spiritual leader who founded the Red School House, an alternative school for Native students in St. Paul, Minnesota. His goal in writing The Mishomis Book was to provide students with an accurate account of Ojibway culture, history, and worldview based on the oral teachings. This book begins with the Ojibway creation story and how first man came to earth.
White Roots of Peace: the Iroquois Book of Life, reprinted in 1994, is the important contribution to the understanding and significance of the Six Nations Iroquois / Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace originally published in 1946. Paul Wallace wrote a popular account of the founding of the Great Law of Peace for the general reader. While researching the Iroquois, Wallace made several visits to Six Nations of the Grand River where he met with Jake Hess, Joseph Montour, and Chief William D. Loft.
The Quest for Justice: Aboriginal Peoples and Aboriginal Rights is a collection of 24 essays that discuss Aboriginal rights from the First Nations and Euro-western legal perspectives. The opening chapter contains 7 essays from Inuit, Metis and First Nations spokesmen including traditional leaders and elected politicians. The second chapter discusses Aboriginal rights from the constitutional and policy-making perspectives. Three legal experts examine the legal and judicial philosophies surrounding Aboriginal rights.
Unfinished Dreams: Community Healing and the Reality of Aboriginal Self-Government examines First Nations self-government issues relating to health care, justice and politics. Warry argues that self-government can be realized when individuals are secure in their cultural identity and can contribute to their communities. Research from the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), case studies, and Warry's personal research among Nishnawbe communities are used to examine these critical issues facing Aboriginal communities.
Applied Anthropology in Canada: Understanding Aboriginal Issues is an impassioned call for a revitalized anthropology by University of Guelph professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Edward Hedican. In this second edition, Hedican includes commentary about the Royal Commission, Bill-C31, and most importantly the Ipperwash Inquiry of 2007. Hedican argues that anthropology must be more directly attuned to the practical problems faced by First Nations in Canada and anthropologists must be involved in land claims and public policy issues.
In Peace, Power, Righteousness: an indigenous manifesto, Mohawk scholar Taiaiake Alfred presents a strong, well-reasoned argument for First Nations communities to return to their traditional political values in order to achieve true self-determination through the power of reason. Alfred draws on the traditional teachings of The Great Law of Peace for his inspiration. He maintains that only when Aboriginal communities are grounded in their traditional values of consensus-based government will they succeed in healing the divisions.