This Place: 150 Years Retold includes a variety of historical and contemporary stories that highlight important moments in Indigenous and Canadian history. It introduces students to the unique demographic, historical, and cultural legacy of Indigenous communities, and explores acts of sovereignty and resiliency.
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.
A Reference Grammar of the Onondaga Language is a text-based reference grammar of a highly endangered language. This book is by Hanni Woodbury, Ph.D., an independent scholar who has been researching the Onondaga language since 1971. The Onondaga language is a Northern Iroquoian language spoken by Six Nations of the Grand River territory near Brantford Ontario and at Onondaga Nation near Syracuse, New York. The approach was chosen to insure that the language not be seen through an English filter.
St. Paul’s H.M. Royal Chapel of the Mohawk: The Chapel’s Place in Six Nations History 1710-2016 by W. Barry Hill is a description of the first Protestant church in Canada and now the oldest surviving church in Ontario. A brief history of the church describes the architecture, support, layout, location and funding for the Chapel. In the chapters that follow religious furnishings and appointments, construction and renovations over time and a visual history of the stained-glass windows lead to a discussion of the Chapel in the modern era.
Canadian Aboriginal Art And Culture: Iroquois is one of the titles in Smartbook Media’s series, Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture, published in 2019. Each title in this series provides information about First Nations, Inuit or Metis and is designed for grades five and six. Authors Michelle Lomberg and John Willis explain how the Haudenosaunee lived in the north of North America in 1570 and after this time. The book contains 13 short chapters covering the following topics: Iroquois people, their homes, communities, clothing, and food. This is followed by tools, weapons and defense.
In A Mohawk Memoir from the War of 1812, John Norton – Teyoninhokarawen, historian Carl Benn introduces, annotates, and edits part of John Norton’s memoir. John Norton was born of a Cherokee man and a Scottish woman in 1770 and adopted by the Mohawks in the 1790s. He was an influential diplomat and political figure within and beyond Indigenous society taking leadership and war chief positions among the Six Nations of the Grand River north of Lake Erie.
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.
Canadian Aboriginal Art And Culture: Huron is one of the titles in Smartbook Media’s series, Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture, published in 2019. Each title in this series provides factual information about a First Nation and is designed for grades five and six. Authors Christine Webster and John Willis explain how the French identified this First Nation as Huron referencing the bristle-like hairstyle of Wendat men. The people called themselves Wendat, meaning people of the peninsula.
Dreamfast, A Trail of Stories to Lead You Home, by Elizabeth Doxtater is a call to Action #95 to create a time for the children and (now) adults who were taken away from communities as children to be welcomed home, so they know they were missed and know that when they return home, they will be loved and protected. Dreamfast is a collection of short stories - a dreamfast-repatriation strategy – to say welcome home. Each story and the accompanying images is part of a connecting land bridge for those children (now) adults who seek to come home.
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.