Since the Renaissance, liberal education has as its core tradition a Eurocentric multidisciplinary humanism - the study of literature, art, philosophy and history - grounded in ancient Greek and Latin texts. In what may be termed cognitive imperialism, the academy has largely ignored Aboriginal perspectives of humanity.
Aboriginal Biographies: Artists is one of the 2013 titles in Weigl Educational Publishers series about outstanding First Nation, Inuit, and Métis artists. This title provides biographical details about the lives and careers of Christi Belcourt, Allen Sapp, Bill Reid, Norval Morrisseau, Alan Syliboy, and David Rueben Piqtoukun. This 32-page resource offers elementary students with an introduction to artists who have received Canadian and worldwide acclaim in their media. Bill Reid is the well-known sculptor, goldsmith, and painter.
The Lost Teachings Panuijkatasikl Kina’masuti’l by Michael James Isaac is an engaging story, with effective illustrations by Dozay Arlene Christmas, allows the reader to reconnect to and understand the seven Grandfather teachings and their meaning in relation to themselves and society as a whole. The Lost Teachings is a story about the importance of the seven teachings — wisdom, respect, love, honesty, humility, courage and truth — and how interconnected they are in achieving balance, harmony and peace for individuals and society as a whole.
The poetry of Clay Pots and Bones is Lindsay Marshall’s way of telling stories, of speaking with others about what things that matter to him. His heritage. His people. His life as a Mi’kmaw. For the reader, Clay Pots and Bones is a colourful journey from early days, when the People of the Dawn understood, interacted with and travelled the land freely, to the turbulent present and the uncertain future where Marshall envisions a rebirth of the Mi’kmaq. The poetry challenges and enlightens.
Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Grassroots Citizens is a current selection of blog posts (2010 to 2015) by well-known lawyer, activist and academic Pamela Palmater. Palmater offers critical legal and political commentary and analysis on legislation, Aboriginal rights, Canadian politics, First Nations politics and social issues such as murdered and missing Indigenous women, poverty, economics, education, sovereignty, Idle No More, identity and culture.
Nta'tugwaqanminen Our Story provides evidence that the Mi'gmaq of the Gespe'gewa'gi (Northern New Brunswick and the Gaspe Peninsula) have occupied their territory since time immemorial. They were the sole occupants of it prior to European settlement and occupied it on a continuous basis. This book was written through an alliance between the Mi'gmaq of Northern Gesp'gewa'gi (Gaspe Peninsula), their Elders and a group of eminent researchers in the field with the aim of reclaiming their history, both oral and written, in the context of what is known as knowledge re-appropriation.
The Thundermaker is a 32-page Mi'kmaq / English dual language picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children about the importance of thunder. In Mi’kmaw artist Alan Syliboy’s account that he wrote and illustrated begins in a time long before the world was completed. Set in a small village, the story begins with a family sitting beside their cooking fire while the mother tells a traditional story. Father is Big Thunder, mother is Giju, a renowned storyteller, and their son, Little Thunder. Each has an important role.
The Honour and Dishonour of the Crown: Making Sense of Aboriginal Law in Canada by legal scholar Jamie Dickson contends the honour of the Crown should be the starting principle in settling disputes between the Crown and Aboriginal peoples. He contends that courts have begun to place greater emphasis on the honour of the Crown and explores the theoretical and practical implications of this shift.
Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada's Legal Barriers is an historical examination of Canadian legal regimes and the negative impact they have had on the health of Aboriginal peoples. Everything from the early ban on traditional practices to the constitutional division of powers is examined (including who is responsible for off-reserve Indians under the Constitution). The author argues there is a clear connection between the health of individuals and the legal regime under which they live, and that our legal regime is one of the determinants of health.