The Canadian public largely understands reconciliation as the harmonization of Indigenous–settler relations for the benefit of the nation. But is this really happening? Reconciliation politics can work counter to retributive justice. The Theatre of Regret asks whether – within the contexts of settler colonialism – the approach to reconciliation will ultimately favour the state over the needs and requirements of Indigenous peoples.
In A People and a Nation: New Directions in Contemporary Métis Studies, edited by Jennifer Adese, otipemisiwak/Métis and Chris Andersen, Métis, offer readers a set of lenses through which to consider the complexity of historical and contemporary Métis nationhood and peoplehood. Multidisciplinary chapters on identity, politics, literature, history, spirituality, religion, and kinship networks orient the conversation toward Métis experiences today.
Call Me Indian: From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL's First Treaty Indigenous Player is Fred Sasakamoose's (Cree) groundbreaking memoir. This isn't just a hockey story - this memoir sheds piercing light on Canadian history and Indigenous politics,and follows this extraordinary man's journey to reclaim pride in an identity and a heritage that had previously been used against him.
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.
NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field by Billy-Ray Belcourt, (he/him) is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. NDN Coping Mechanisms is a provocative, powerful, and genre-bending new work that uses the modes of accusation and interrogation. Belcourt aims an anthropological eye at the realities of everyday life to show how they house the violence that continues to reverberate from the long twentieth century.
The Fourth World: An Indian Reality, is a foundational work of radical anticolonialism and is back in print after being originally published in 1974, The Fourth World is a critical work of Indigenous political activism that has long been out of print. George Manuel (Secwepemc), a leader in the North American Indian movement at that time, with coauthor journalist Michael Posluns, presents a rich historical document that traces the struggle for Indigenous survival as a nation, a culture, and a reality.
The Power of Style How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures is by Christian Allaire, Ojibwe, of Nipissing First Nation In, The Power of Style, style is not just the clothes on our backs - it is self-expression, representation, and transformation. As a fashion-obsessed Ojibwe teen, Christian Allaire rarely saw anyone that looked like him in the magazines or movies he sought out for inspiration. Now the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, he is working to change that - because clothes are never just clothes.
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.