Assembling Unity, Indigenous Politics, Gender, and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) by Sarah Nickel begins with the establishment of the UBCIC in 1969 at Tk’emlups te Secwepemc at the Kamloops Indian residential school with the assembly of 150 delegates. This was the first meeting of 200 First Nations bands in what is now British Columbia. UBCIC was therefore a pan-Indigenous political organization in united support against the White Paper introduced the same year by Pierre Trudeau, proposing to abolish the Indian Act, terminate treaties, and eliminate special status.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
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.
Lost Harvests: Prairie Indian Reserve Farmers and Government Policy, 2nd edition by Sarah Carter now includes a new introduction and is based on the original 1990 edition of this book and with the same name. Lost Harvests is about the history of the Plains Nations west of the Red River settlement and farming the prairies in the 19th century. This work is unique because in general the author states that First Nations were excluded from the history of farming and discussions on their capability to farm.
Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond by Thomas J. Courchene and published by the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (Queen’s University), is a view forward favouring regional and culturally focused institutions, rather than nationally focused strategies.
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.
Indigenous Relations – Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality written by Bob Joseph with Cynthia F. Joseph, is a 190-page book and companion to 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality. Indigenous Relations is written by leading cultural sensitivity trainer, Bob Joseph, who is a member of the Gwawaenuk Nation.
Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay authored by Shane Koyczan is a dual language English and Cree poem and art book. It includes the artwork by Kent Monkman, Joseph Sánchez, Jim Logan and Nadia Kwandibens. The Cree translation is provided by Solomon Ratt. With Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay, Koyczan hopes to continue the conversations after the polarizing 150 years celebration of Canada as a nation.