Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future: The Legacy of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples is edited by Katherine Graham and David Newhouse, Onondaga from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory. Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future looks to both the past and the future as it examines the foundational work of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) and the legacy of its 1996 report. It assesses the Commission’s influence on subsequent milestones in Indigenous-Canada relations and considers our prospects for a constructive future.
Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory is by Brittany Luby, (Anishinaabe-kwe, atik totem) who is the many-greats granddaughter of Chief Kawitaskung, an Anishinaabe leader who signed the North-West Angle Treaty of 1873. Dammed explores Canada’s hydroelectric boom in the Lake of the Woods area. It complicates narratives of increasing affluence in postwar Canada, revealing that the inverse was true for Indigenous communities along the Winnipeg River. "Dammed" makes clear that hydroelectric generating stations were designed to serve settler populations.
Spirit of the Grassroots People: Seeking Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada's Colonial Education System, is edited by Raymond Mason, a respected survivor, activist, and Elder who resides in Peguis First Nation, Manitoba; Jackson Pind and Theodore Michael Christou. Spirit of the Grassroots People is a firsthand account of the personal and political challenges Mason confronted on this journey – a memoir.
Hunter with Harpoon is by Markoosie Patsauq (1941-2020) who was an Inuk writer, retired pilot, and community leader living near Inukjuak, Nunavik. Hunter with Harpoon is translated by Valerie Henitiuk, translation studies specialist, and Marc-Antoine Mahieu, a professor of Inuktitut. Hunter with Harpoon was first published fifty years ago under the title Harpoon of the Hunter. Markoosie Patsauq's novel helped establish the genre of Indigenous fiction in Canada.
Childhood Thoughts and Water by John McDonald, a sixth-generation direct descendant of Nehiyawak Chief Mistawasis and resident on Treaty Six Territory in Northern Saskatchewan, is a collection of beat poetry, spoken word, performance art and lyrical verse. This is a work which journeys into the memories and events of an urban Indigenous warrior's struggles to reconnect with a language and culture that is seemingly always almost out of reach.
Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin: Reclaiming, Reconnecting, and Demystifying Resiliency as Life Force Energy for Residential School Survivors is by Theresa Turmel, Anishinaabe-kwe from Michpicoten First Nation. Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin is a twenty-five year research and community based book.
Humane is by Anna Marie Sewell, of Mi’gmaq, Anishinaabe, and Polish heritage. In Humane the question is asked: Who steals a dog from a shelter after receiving a dream message from their grandmother? Hazel Lesage never expected it to be her. Then again, she didn't plan on becoming an unlicensed PI, helping the 'throwaway people.' However, much has changed in Amiskwaciy, the problem of poor Indigenous women and girls being expendable hasn't. Nobody else is going to help the Augusts find out who killed their daughter Nell; so Hazel takes the case. And then she takes the dog.
The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik) by Carol Rose GoldenEagle , Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan, navigates the unsettling, but necessary. When love of, and respect for, culture goes awry, it is our Indigenous women who bring us back to what is important. This novel is an interweaving of stories centred on a range of characters, both male and female, though the women, for the most part, are the healers. Abused in their own communities or in residential schools, these women are smart and loving and committed to helping one another.
Brotherhood to Nationhood: George Manuel and the Making of the Modern Indian Movement by Peter McFarlane and Dorren Manuel, Secwepemc/Ktunaxa) is the 2nd edition of this book. This updated edition is charged with fresh material and new perspectives of the groundbreaking biography From Brotherhood to Nationhood and brings George Manuel and his fighting tradition into the present. George Manuel (1920–1989) was the strategist and visionary behind the modern Indigenous movement in Canada.
Moccasin Souls is by Jules Koostachin, Cree and band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, the Ancestral lands of the MoshKeKo InNiNeWak. Moccasin Souls, a haunting memoir follows AaSheeNii / Good Spirit, a hopeful Trickster with a burning desire for change and growth, as they set off on their path into the world of the InNiNeWak/human beings. Selected by a council of Sacred Beings, AaSheeNii makes their way into the world of the living on AsKi / Earth.