Reclaiming Our Territory, Word by Word: Grassroots Language Teaching is a step-by-step guide to teaching any language. No teaching experience required. Use the activities and games to get students interested in learning a language, with examples from the Ojibwe language. Author Patricia Ningewance draws from her 40 years of teaching Ojibwe to share strategies that work for teaching language.
Pathways of Reconciliation: Indigenous and Settler Approaches to Implementing the TRCs Calls to Action is edited by Aimée Craft, an Indigenous (Anishinaabe-Métis) lawyer (called to the Bar in 2005) from Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba, and Paulette Regan, an independent scholar, researcher, public educator and co-facilitator of an intercultural history and reconciliation education workshop series and formerly the research director for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This book is part of the Perceptions on Truth and Reconciliation 2.
The Way Home is a memoir and autobiography by Kwakiutl photographer, woodcarver, hand engraver, painter, writer, printmaker, and jewellery maker, by David A. Neel. It is a story of returning to traditions and culture of his father’s and his people, the Kwakwaka’wakw of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. He had a sense of having a place of origin and reconnects with the people of his father’s work, Dave Neel, Snr and the rich symbolism of his art. He is also influenced by Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James.
Knowing the Past, Facing the Future: Indigenous Education in Canada edited by Sheila Carr-Stewart, is comprised of three parts: Part one, First Promises and Colonial Practices, explores the colonial aspects of education through treaty rights and the establishment of residential and day schools.
In Nishga, Jordan Abel documents memoir through personal anecdotes, excerpts from audio recordings, legal documentation, photographs, illustrations and poetry - his, but for all of us. Discussing intergenerational trauma, dispossession and displacement, relationships with Indigeneity, language, and truths through a type of research creation, Nishga is about imagining and reconstituting. Abel recognizes this in relationship to land through family, community, Nisga'a language, Nisga'a world views, and Nisga'a knowledge as Indigenous presence.
From Bear Rock Mountain: The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor, is the four-part memoir of artist and social activist Antoine Mountain, Dene. He endured residential schools as the Roman Catholic Church and the Government of Canada worked to destroy his language, culture and Dene identity. From Bear Rock Mountain is a dedication of Antoine Mountain’s true Dene self to children of future generations. Yet this is also a survivor’s perspective of residential schools and that these schools did not accomplish what they intended, a cultural genocide of Indigenous peoples.
Fluffs and Feathers: An Exhibit on the Symbols of Indianness - A Resource Guide offers an important introduction to the way First Nations and Native Americans are portrayed in popular culture. Written by Mohawk scholar Deborah Doxtator, Fluffs and Feathers details the ways in which Indigenous People have been categorized, displayed, portrayed, and exploited by Western culture and advertising. Fluffs and Feathers offers a sample of the range of images used to portray “Indians” in historical and contemporary North American society.
Testimony by Robbie Robertson, Jewish/Mohawk, is a memoir, a story, lyrical and true as only he could tell it. It is his contribution to popular music as songwriter and guitarist. He and his partners made music that has endured for decades and has influenced other musicians. Testimony was written over five years of reflection using his unique storyteller's voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history.
NDN Trojan Horse: Tracing Postindian Survivance in Indigenous Art in the 1980s & Now, A Manifesto, by Rhéanne Chartrand, is a reflection of her work as resident (now curator) of Indigenous Art at the McMaster Museum of Art. This work of curated art reflects changes in attitudes and collection displays of Indigenous art at a time of the 2017 International Indigenous conference led by the Six Nations of the Grand River Polytechnic; McMaster’s development of the Indigenous Studies program, a Canadian Art Museum directors organization conference on Indigeneity and the Museum.