The Creator's Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood charts the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities and how it's contributed to Indigenous identity formation despite the game’s appropriation by non-Indigenous sport. Allan Downey, an assistant professor of history at McGill University. He is Dakelh, Nak’azdli Whut’en and in addition to teaching he works with Indigenous youth, and he splits his time volunteering for a number of Indigenous communities and youth organizations throughout the year.
Sitting By The Rapids is a slim volume of engaging poetry by Albert Dumont. He is Spiritual Advisor, Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and since 2016 he has served his community as one of 13 Elders on the Elders Advisory Committee of the Ministry of the Attorney General. In recognition for his work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010.
Kayanerenko:wa The Great Law of Peace written by Kayanesenh Paul Williams is an important addition to the literature about the Haudenosaunee and their founding principles of governance carried within the Great Law of Peace. Legal scholar, negotiator and historian, Paul Williams brings his personal experiences and legal knowledge and skills to the presentation of the Great Law in a highly accessible written text.
Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future is a set of 32-page books written by Simon Rose for Beech Street Books. Designed for elementary students from grades 4 to 7 the books offer introductions to the history of Indigenous Peoples in the story of Canada. One volume is called Spiritually that explores spiritually in its many forms including topics such as worldview, ceremonies, the shaman, the sweat lodges, and sacred ceremonies today.
Listening to the Beat of Our Drum: Stories of Parenting in a Contemporary Society is a collection of stories, inspired by a wealth of experiences across space and time from a kokum, an auntie, two-spirit parents, a Metis mother, a Tlinglit/Anishnabe Metis mother and an allied feminist mother. This book is born our of the need to share experiences and stories. Storytelling is one of the most powerful forms of passing on teachings and values that we have in our Indigenous communities.
WhaikÅrero: The World of MÄori Oratory examines the basic understanding of traditional MÄori oratory offered at significant gatherings of the people. Usually translated as art of oratory to non-Indigenous MÄori, this scholar Poia Rewi writes from the Indigenous perspective after interviewing 30 elders about this speechmaking. Poia Rewi assesses the origin and history of whaikÅrero; its structure, language and style of delivery; who may speak; and where speech happens.
Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts follows the story of a famous Ojibwe medicine man, his gifted grandson, and remarkable water drum. This drum, and forty other artefacts, were given away by a Canadian museum to an American Anishinaabe group that had no family or community connections to the collection. Many years passed before the drum was returned to the family and only of the artefacts were ever returned to the museum.