In A Short History of the Blockade, award-winning writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics, and practices to explore the generative nature of Indigenous blockades through our relative, the beaver—or in Nishnaabemowin, Amik. The introduction is by Jordan Abel, Nisga'a poet.
Daniels v. Canada: In and Beyond the Courts, is edited by Métis scholar Chris Andersen and Nathalie Kermoal. In Daniels v. Canada the Supreme Court determined that Métis and non-status Indians were “Indians” under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867, one of a number of court victories that has powerfully shaped Métis relationships with the federal government. However, the decision (and the case) continues to reverberate far beyond its immediate policy implications.
In Warrior Life: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence, Pamela Palmeter, Mi'kmaw lawyer, author, speaker and activist, addresses a range of Indigenous issues — empty political promises, ongoing racism, sexualized genocide, government lawlessness, and the lie that is reconciliation — and makes the complex political and legal implications accessible to the public.
Colonialism's Currency: Money, State, and First Nations of Canada, 1820-1950 by Brian Gettler, is about how money, often portrayed as a straightforward representation of market value, is also a political force, a technology for remaking space and population. This was especially true in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Canada, where money - in many forms - provided an effective means of disseminating colonial social values, laying claim to national space, and disciplining colonized peoples.
Dans Le Grand retour: Le réveil autochtone par John Ralston Saul et traduit par Daniel Poliqui, nous raconte l’histoire du Canada de manière que nous puissions mieux comprendre le présent – et mieux préparer l'avenir. Il y a toujours une bonne part d’inconfort dans les « moments historiques », nous prévient John Saul en nous exhortant à embrasser et à soutenir la résurgence des peuples autochtones sur la scène politique.
Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid (paperback ed.) is an account of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or have been found murdered through stories of their lives .The 725-kilometre stretch of highway in British Columbia known as Highway of Tears or Highway 16, includes the River Skeena, and has sparked a national crisis of tragedy and travesty for the missing and murdered women and girls who are associated with it.
Storying Violence: Unravelling Colonial Narratives in the Stanley Trial is written by Gina Starblanket, Cree/Saulteaux and a member of the Star Blanket Cree Nation in Treaty 4 territory; and Dallas Hunt, Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. Storying Violence uses colonial and socio-political narratives that underlie white rural settler life to discuss the fatal shooting of Cree youth Colten Boushie by Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in August of 2016.
Canada's Other Red Scare: Indigenous Protest and Colonial Encounters during the Global Sixties is written by Scott Rutherford. Indigenous activism put small-town northern Ontario on the map in the 1960s and early 1970s. Kenora, Ontario, was home to a four-hundred-person march, popularly called "Canada's First Civil Rights March," and a two-month-long armed occupation of a small lakefront park.
Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay written by Shane Koyczan, Cree, and now available in paperback, is a dual language English and Cree poetry and art book. It includes the artwork by Kent Monkman, of Cree ancestry; Joseph Sánchez, a leader in Indigenous and Chicano arts since the 1970s; Jim Logan, who grew up in a Métis household; and Nadia Kwandibens Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation. The Cree translation is provided by Solomon Ratt.