A revolution is underway among the Indigenous nations of North America. It is a quiet revolution, largely unnoticed in society at large. But it is profoundly important. From High Plains states and Prairie Provinces to southwestern deserts, from Mississippi and Oklahoma to the northwest coast of the continent, Native peoples are reclaiming their right to govern themselves and to shape their future in their own ways. Challenging more than a century of colonial controls, they are addressing severe social problems, building sustainable economies, and reinvigorating Indigenous cultures.
Lighting the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence, and Protection of Indigenous Nations is a collection of 13 essays by Indigenous scholars edited by Leanne Simpson. The collection offers readers an insight into Indigenous perspectives regarding colonialism, self-government, traditional knowledge, liberation, and the importance of the land. Writers from a range of First Nations offer Nation specific understandings about these issues in terms of economic development, treaties, politics, governance, environmental concerns, and social justice movements.
The American Indian: Past and Present is the sixth edition of this popular history collection. The volume contains 22 essays organized around the themes: Invasions and Colonialism; Change and Continuity; Facing the United States; Reservations, Resistance, and Renewal; Toward the Mainstream; and Changing Lives and Federal Policies. Contributors include Roger L. Nichols, Nancy Shoemaker, Henry Warner Bowden, Virginia DeJohn Anderson, Pekka Hamalainen, James H. Merrell, Alfred A. Cave, Colin G. Calloway, Donna L. Akers, Michael Lansing, Raymond J. DeMallie, Andrew H. Fisher, Thomas G.
In Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism, Peter H Russell offers a comprehensive study of the Mabo case, its background, and its consequences, contextualizing it within the international struggle of Indigenous peoples to overcome their colonized status. Russell weaves together an historical narrative of Mabo's life with an account of the legal and ideological premises of European imperialism and their eventual challenge by the global forces of decolonization.
Natives and Settlers, Now and Then: Historical Issues and Current Perspectives on Treaties and Land Claims in Canada is volume 34, number 1 in the journal Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. This collection of five essays is based on the presentations made during a 2000 conference at the University of Alberta. The contributors are Sharon Venne, Patricia Seed, Harold Cardinal, Frank Tough, and Erin McGregor. Cree lawyer Sharon Venne offers a paper about the oral understanding of Treaty 6 and the treaty-making undertaken in 1876 in Saskatchewan.
Protecting Aboriginal Children is a brief volume that examines the way children welfare practices in British Columbia have worked against supporting Aboriginal families and children that enter the provincial child welfare services system. During the sixties scoop First Nations children were apprehended from their communities and families and placed in care. The author outlines the history of this practice in British Columbia and how this system has failed First Nations children.
The Wretched of the Earth is one of the most significant writings on revolution, colonialism, and Indigenous Peoples. Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was born in Martinique and studied psychiatry in France. This edition of The Wretched of the Earth is a new translation from the French by Richard Philcox and contains a foreword by Homi K. Bhabha and a preface by Jean-Paul Sartre. The Wretched of the Earth was first published in 1961 as Damnes de la terre.
Ending Denial: Understanding Aboriginal Issues is a book originally published by Broadview Press and now reissued by the University of Toronto Press. Written by Wayne Warry, an applied medical anthropologist at McMaster University, the book examines our current understanding of Aboriginal issues in Canada. Written as an answer to neo-conservative political commentators and the mainstream media, the book offers brief essays that challenge the views that promote integration and assimilation as the saviors of First Nations social issues.
The Indigenous Experience: Global Perspectives is a focused collection of 21 essays that tackles the subjects of racism, colonialism, and the ongoing struggle of Indigenous Peoples around the world for sovereignty and justice. The text is organized around four main themes: Colonization and Indigenous Peoples; Colonialism, Genocide, and the Problem of Intention; Social Constructs of Colonialism; and The Indigenous Struggle and the Politics of Indigeneity.
Is Canada Postcolonial?: Unsettling Canadian Literature edited by Laura Moss is a collection that wrestles with the problems of situating Canadian literature in the ongoing debates about culture, identity, and globalization, and of applying the slippery term of postcolonialism to Canadian literature. The topics range in focus from discussions of specific literary works to general theoretical contemplations.