Going Back Home is the story of Noreen’s experiences before and after residential school and foster homes. Through a series of dreams, which at times appear as real life to her, Noreen tries to make sense of all that has happened to her and her family especially her siblings during and after their lives in residential school and foster homes. She questions her indecisiveness; her explicable feeling of inadequacy and her powerlessness.
Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent has won Liz Howard the Griffin Poetry Prize (2016). She is Euro-Anishinaabekwe from Treaty 9, Northern Ontario. This debut collection of poems is filled with imagery and language on a variety of topics. The poems are at once scientific, contemporary and intelligent, filled with carefully juxtaposed images. Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award (2015).
Braiding Legal Orders, Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is edited by John Borrows, Larry Chartrand, Oonagh E. Fitzgerald and Risa Schwartz under copyright of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and with the support of and collaboration with the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan. The preface of this work states that the UNDRIP is an opportunity to explore and reconceive the relationship between international law, Indigenous peoples’ own laws and Canada’s constitutional narratives.
James Simon Mishibinijima, from Wikwemikong in the northeast of Manitoulin Island, explores the legends of the Ojibwe through this and the waterways of this island, the shores of Birch Island, the La Cloche mountains and the northern edges of Lake Huron. Manitoulin Island, according to legend, is home to spiritual portals that allow access to the spirit world of prayers that are offered up to those who have come before and who have passed. Conversely, they also allow spirits to return to the human realm and initiate contact themselves.
‘Journey to Healing: Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues: What health, social service and justice workers need to know’ is a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health publication. This book begins with a reminder that healing is an individual and collective process. Healing is sacred and requires helpers to be in the moment and with the clients’ ancestors. This implies relationships and partnerships with and between Aboriginal communities and mainstream organizations using Western and Aboriginal healing perspectives.
‘Aboriginal Law Handbook’ is the 5th edition and a revision of the 2012 publication. This handbook is a guide to legal issues but is not about Indigenous law. It is about how Canadian common law and Aboriginal rights and issues as it affects Aboriginal peoples and organizations. This work reflects the parallelism of legal systems rooted in long-standing norms and values of Aboriginal communities. Each chapter begins with Points to Remember and a discussion on the law and policy in a broad range of issues. Extensive endnotes support this discussion.
The six sections of this book provide a structure for introducing the concept of special populations for health care, research and policy and the social determinants of those in need of increased attention due to their experiences of adversity, trauma, and other barriers to health. In this book public health is not only a set of programs and services but a way of thinking about health challenges and ways of working to address broad social determinants.
‘Shoolee – The Early Years’ is about a young girl growing up within the Anishinaabe way of life of hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and knowing the importance of listening and being aware of the land.It is also a response to inspire Anishinaabeg to write about their history, language and culture and to share this. The book is about Shirley or Shoolee as she was also known, her brothers and sisters, father the fisherman and hunter and trapper, and her mother. There are also traditional teachings, making crafts and stories about school, farming.
‘Cottagers and Indians’ is about manoomin, an Anishnawbe ‘good seed’ planted around a lake and which stands above the waterline, but it is also about Gertie, Justin and Marie. The seed causes consternation with cottagers who argue that it is hampering swimming, fishing, boating and property values.
‘Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket’ tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a living work of art conceived by Carey Newman, Hayalthkin'geme, who is a multidisciplinary artist and master carver. In his artistic practice he strives to highlight Indigenous, social or environmental issues. The Witness Blanket includes hundreds of items collected from residential schools across Canada, everything from bricks, photos and letters to hockey skates, dolls and braids.