The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, is based on the author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C. This powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future; Missing and Exploited Indigenous Women and Girls is part of a set of 32-page books by Coast2Coast2Coast and published by Beech Street Books. Designed for elementary students from grades 4 to 7 the books offer an introduction to Indigenous life in Canada in the past, present and future. The content consultant for Missing and Exploited Indigenous Women and Girls is Dennis McPherson, band member of Couchiching First Nation and Associate Professor of Indigenous Learning, Lakehead University.
In Men, Masculinity and the Indian Act, Martin Cannon, Onyota’a:ka (Oneida Nation) Turtle Clan, is about the inter-relationship between sexism and racialization. This book focuses on the impact of the Indian Act on the divisibility of Indigenous women into either/or ‘women’ or ‘Indians’. It also focuses on the collectivity of “Indians” in this Act, which affects men, women, two-spirit, transgendered or gay people.
The Reconciliation Manifesto, Recovering the Land Rebuilding the Economy is introduced by Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson and is Arthur Manuel’s call to action. Here Grand Chief Derrickson introduces the final draft of Arthur Manuel’s ideas. In this step-by-step approach on where Indigenous peoples are today as nations, how they arrived at this point and where they are headed, this book offers reconciliation guidance. Arthur Manuel also explored ideas and hidden struggles of Indigenous resurgence.
Perception: A Photo Series is a collection of 32 thought-provoking black and white images of First Nation, Inuit and Métis men and women living in Winnipeg during 2014. This photography and book project was inspired by racist comments made by a non-Indigenous political candidate about Indigenous people. These comments indicated a level of racial discrimination remained active and commonplace in this large urban centre. KC Adams set to work to photograph Indigenous people who volunteered to pose for two photographs.
Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City presents an accessible account about the life and death of 45-year old Brian Sinclair and the consequent inquiry into his death in the emergency room of a Winnipeg hospital in 2008. Left untreated and unexamined after 34 hours of waiting, this Ojibwe man required a simple catheter change but due to racism and inherent discrimination hospital staff ignored the patient leaving him to die seated in his wheelchair.
Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) had a profound impact on the black identity and critical race theory. Fanon’s masterwork is now available in a new translation (2008) that updates its language for a new generation of readers. Translated from the French by Richard Philcox, Black Skin, White Masks continues its influence on civil rights, anticolonial, and black consciousness movements internationally.
Race and Ethnicity in Canada: A Critical Introduction is part of the Themes in Canadian Sociology series from Oxford University Press. This title introduces undergraduates to the basics of Canadian social issues as they relate to race and ethnicity. The chapters cover issues related to immigration, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations, racism, economic inequality, ethnic identity, Aboriginal identity, multiculturalism, and the concepts of diaspora and transnationality. Both authors teach sociology at the college and university levels.