Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada is a collection of 21 essays addressing the hidden crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. In this ground-breaking new volume, as part of their larger efforts to draw attention to the shockingly high rates of violence against our sisters, Jennifer Brant and D.
In The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada, Lisa Monchalin challenges the myth of the so-called Indian problem and encourages readers to view the crimes and injustices affecting Indigenous peoples from a more culturally aware position. She analyzes the consequences of assimilation policies, dishonoured treaty agreements, manipulative legislation, and systematic racism, arguing that the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian criminal justice system is not an Indian problem but a colonial one.
Stolen Sisters: The Story of Two Missing Girls, Their Families and How Canada has Failed Indigenous Women is the English language translation of Soeurs Volees: Enquete sur un feminicide au Canada. Originally published in 2014, Emmanuelle Walter's book examined the case of two Kitigan Zibi teenagers missing since September 2008. Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander disappeared from their First Nation in western Quebec and have not been located. French journalist Walter spent two years investigating the national crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous girls and women.
Bad Judgment: The Myths of First Nations Equality and Judicial Independence in Canada by now retired provincial court judge John Reilly recounts his efforts to improve the delivery of justice to the First Nations in his community and how he used his perceived power as a jurist to make changes to improve the lives of the people in his jurisdiction. His legal career brought him into contact with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation at Morley, Alberta. Along the way, he explains how he came into direct conflict with Canadian judicial administration and various community leaders.
In Those Days: Collected Writings on Arctic History, Book 2 Crime and Punishment is the 2015 release of journalist Kenn Harper's columns in the Nunatsiaq News. The 200-page book includes a selection of criminal justice and law columns about Arctic justice. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, settler and Inuit ideas of justice clashed, leading to some of the most unusual trials and punishments in history. Included in this collection are the stories of criminals and victims, both Southern and Inuit, and of the difficulties of finding justice in a land that was rapidly changing.
Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths by retired crown prosecutor Rupert Ross is the much-anticipated third volume in his series about Aboriginal justice and healing. Following up on his previous books, Dancing with a Ghost and Returning to the Teachings, this 2014 publication shares his lessons learned from years of involvement with the northern Ontario criminal justice system and Aboriginal peoples understanding of justice and healing.
Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq, The Story of Donald Marshall, Jr. is one of the titles in the Real Justice Series from James Lorimer and Company. The book covers the wrongful conviction of Mi'kmaw youth Donald Marshall, Jr. for the murder of Sandy Seale in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1971. Author Bill Swan takes a journalistic approach to telling this story of a First Nation youth facing intolerable racism and the Canadian criminal justice system. Donald Marshall (1953-2009) was Mi'kmaw from Membertou First Nation. His father, Donald Marshall, Sr.
In this illuminating book, Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905, Shelley Gavigan argues that the notion of criminalization captures neither the complexities of First Nations and Métis participation in the courts nor the significance of the Indian Act as a form of law. Gavigan uses records of ordinary cases from the lower courts and insights from critical criminology and traditional legal history to interrogate state formation and criminal law in the Saskatchewan region of the North-West Territories between 1870 and 1905.
Racialized Policing: Aboriginal People's Encounters with the Police tackles a controversial subject, generating considerable debate. One issue of concern has been “racial profiling” by police, that is, the alleged practice of targeting individuals and groups on the basis of “race.” Racialized Policing argues that the debate has been limited by its individualized frame. As well, the concentration on police relations with people of colour means that Aboriginal people’s encounters with police receive far less scrutiny.
Finding Dawn is the recent 73-minute documentary by renowned Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh. By focusing on the personal stories of Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse the film takes viewers to the tragedy of the hundreds of Aboriginal missing and murdered women whose cased remain unsolved over that past thirty years. From the streets of Vancouver to the "Highway of Tears" in northern British Columbia, and on to Saskatoon, the viewer is introduced to the heartbreak as well as the resilience of Aboriginal families and communities as they deal with their profound losses.