In writing Loss of Indigenous Eden and the Fall of Spirituality, Blair Stonechild of Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis heritage, and member of the Muscowpetung First Nation, worked with Elders and reflects on his contact with Europeans as a Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School survivor, academic and historian. He has experienced efforts to eradicate Indigenous culture and spirituality first-hand as a residential school survivor and acknowledges this destruction on thousands of survivors unable to speak their language and detached from their culture and practices of spirituality.
In The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spiritually, Blair Stonechild shares his sixty-year journey of learning-from residential school to PhD and beyond-while trying to find a place for Indigenous spirituality in the classroom. Encouraged by an Elder who insisted sacred information be written down, Stonechild explores the underlying philosophy of his people's teachings to demonstrate that Indigenous spirituality can speak to our urgent, contemporary concerns.
Buffy Sainte-Marie: It's My Way is a 2012 biography written by author Blair Stonechild. It is a unique perspective on the life and times of Cree singer/songwriter, artist, educator, and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. This Cree woman’s life began in Saskatchewan and has been one of change and transition. Buffy Sainte-Marie is a symbol of the free expression movement of the 1960s and her powerful songs inspired countless people seeking hope and change.
The New Buffalo: The Struggle for Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education of Canada is a new book by Cree-Saulteaux scholar Blair Stonechild. As Professor of Indigenous Studies at the First Nations University of Canada, Stonechild tackles the overlooked history of First Nations post-secondary education as it relates to policy. His focus is the area of university-level education for First Nations students. Research for this book took the writer to the records of the Department of Indian Affairs as well as provincial archival records and First Nations political organizations' records.
Loyal till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion is an important history of First Nations participation in the North-West Rebellion in 1885 reissued in 2010. Historians have long maintained that Indians supported Louis Riel and the Metis during this uprising. Blair Stonechild and Bill Waiser set the record straight after thoroughly researching government archives and interviewing First Nations elders. Their findings support the position of the elders who insist their relatives remained faithful to the Crown and upheld the treaties.