In The Medicine of Peace, Jeffrey Ansloos explores the complex intersections of colonial violence, the current status of Indigenous youth in Canada in regard to violence and the possibilities of critical-Indigenous psychologies of nonviolence. Indigenous youth are disproportionately at risk for violent victimization and incarceration within the justice system. They are also marginalized and oppressed within our systems of academia, mental health and social work.
The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice is a major work, a collection of current, pressing and inspirational stories of Indigenous communities from the Canadian subarctic to the heart of Dine Bii Kaya, Navajo Nation. Chronicles is a book literally risen from the ashes - beginning in 2008 after her home burned to the ground - and collectively is an accounting of Winona's personal path of recovery, finding strength and resilience in the writing itself as well as in her work.
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.
More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom is about Indigenous resistance and resurgence across lands and waters claimed by Canada. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors describe and analyze struggles against contemporary colonialism by the Canadian state and, more broadly, against the global colonial-capitalist system. Resistance includes Indigenous survival against centuries of genocidal policies and the on-going dispossession and destruction of Indigenous lands and waters.
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.
Moving Forward, Giving Back: Transformative Aboriginal Adult Education describes the initiatives and strategies that have proven successful and transformative for adult urban Aboriginal students. Drawing upon the voices and experiences of Aboriginal adult learners themselves, editor Jim Silver has compiled an essential collection of ten essays written by adult edition professionals working in the Winnipeg inner-city region.
During the 1900s eugenics gained favour as a means of controlling the birth rate among “undesirable” populations in Canada. Though many people were targeted, the coercive sterilization of one group has gone largely unnoticed. An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women unpacks long-buried archival evidence to begin documenting the forced sterilization of Aboriginal women in Canada.
Debriefing Elsipogtog: The Anatomy of a Struggle documents how Texas-based Southwestern Energy was provided a licence to search over a million hectares of land in New Brunswick for natural gas extraction, and how the First Nation Elsipogtog First Nation (formerly Big Cove) employed new tactics in the effort to expel Southwestern Energy. Written by journalist Miles Howe, who was embedded in the community from the beginning of the 2013 struggle, Debriefing Elsipogtog offers a riveting, firsthand, on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes account of this story.
Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies by Renee Linklater explores healing and wellness in Indigenous communities on Turtle Island. Drawing on a decolonizing approach, which puts the “soul wound” of colonialism at the centre, Linklater engages ten Indigenous health care practitioners in a dialogue regarding Indigenous notions of wellness and wholistic health, critiques of psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses, and Indigenous approaches to helping people through trauma, depression and experiences of parallel and multiple realities.
Aboriginal Knowledge for Economic Development analyzes the benefits, practices and challenges of Mi’kmaw and Maliseet Language Immersion programs, illustrating how these programs provide a solid foundation of worldview, ethics, values and identities that are essential for improved academic success, and examines the Honouring Traditional Knowledge Project, a two-year project to seek Elders’ views on how to include them and traditional knowledge in all aspects of community economic research and development.