The Reason You Walk is one of five finalists for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. 2016 recipient of Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for non-fiction. When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew (Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation) decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant Ojibwe man who'd raised him. The Reason You Walk spans the year 2012, chronicling painful moments in the past and celebrating renewed hopes and dreams for the future.
Indigenous Peoples Within Canada: A Concise History is the Oxford University Press 2019 publication authored by the late Métis historian Olive P Dickason (1920 – 2011) and history professor William Newbigging. Updated, this fourth edition of A Concise History of Canada’s First Nations is a comprehensive overview of the long and vibrant history of Indigenous Peoples within what is now Canada. This engaging, chronological text offers a multifaceted account from time immemorial and pre-contact to present-day movements towards sovereignty.
Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State documents the country’s national security systems and their methods when policing Indigenous activists and organizations as they demonstrate and seek to protect Indigenous territories and resources in the face of government-supported resource extraction. In measures to protect the land, prevent pipeline development and fracking, land and water defenders have created a national discussion about these issues and successfully slowed the rate of resource extraction.
Kuei, My Friend: A Conversation on Race and Reconciliation was originally issued in French and this 2018 edition in English offers a unique exchange of communication between two Quebec individuals. Born in 1991, Natasha Kanape Fontaine is an Innu poet and multidisciplinary artist from the North Shore of Kebeq. In 2012, she became one of the voices of the Idle No More movement in Kebeq.
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality written by Bob Joseph founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. is a member of the Gwawaenuk Nation. This 178-page book is an essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of First Nations, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.
My Conversations with Canadians contains 13 prose essays by esteemed author and professor Lee Maracle. From her poetry collections and novels Maracle draws from audience reactions and questions from audience members who have attended her many readings and presentations to inspire these essays.
Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country’s history. The movement was inspired by thirteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree woman from Attawapiskat, Ontario. Author Charlie Angus is an elected Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay.
A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1986 is the 2017 reissue of University of Manitoba Press's groundbreaking history of the residential schools that exposed details of the system that sought to "civilize" and Christianize thousands of Indigenous children. Almost 20 years ago A National Crime by historian John S. Milloy's outstanding history was released.
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices is a visually stunning, and thought-provoking anthology featuring the work 64 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists. 46 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American established and first-time authors, musicians, poets, filmmakers, photographers and creative thinkers all considering identity, authentic voice, and honesty. This collection, published by Annick Press, marks a turning point in Aboriginal young-adult creative non-fiction.