An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, human rights activist in international Indigenous movements for more than four decades is an adapted version of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States but now for teen and young adult readers. This book is adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) who authors the American Indians in Children’s Literature website.
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.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
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.
The North-West is Our Mother by Jean Teillet, great-grandniece of Louis Riel is the story of Louis Riel’s people, the Métis Nation of the Canadian North-West. The Métis Nation are a new Indigenous people descended from First Nations and Europeans and their narrative is missing as Indigenous peoples of Canada. This was first discussed in 1909 by the Old Wolves. Questions such as who are the Métis, what makes them a Nation, where they are, and their Indian ancestry are all answered in this book, which covers the period from the 1790s to 2018.
Eatenonha: Native Roots of Modern Democracy is a gift from Georges Sioui and his people, to Canada and to the world. Georges Sioui states that this work is a Native understanding of Canada and a sense of history that preserves, venerates and heals the real nature of this land named Canada. In this understanding Canada will acquire a long-lasting respectability and global stature. This work is about why we must create a truly strong and unified country for all to feel included and valued in a diverse Canada, in recognition of Mother Earth, Eatenonha, our beloved motherland.
Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay authored by Shane Koyczan is a dual language English and Cree poem and art book. It includes the artwork by Kent Monkman, Joseph Sánchez, Jim Logan and Nadia Kwandibens. The Cree translation is provided by Solomon Ratt. With Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay, Koyczan hopes to continue the conversations after the polarizing 150 years celebration of Canada as a nation.
‘Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket’ tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a living work of art conceived by Carey Newman, Hayalthkin'geme, who is a multidisciplinary artist and master carver. In his artistic practice he strives to highlight Indigenous, social or environmental issues. The Witness Blanket includes hundreds of items collected from residential schools across Canada, everything from bricks, photos and letters to hockey skates, dolls and braids.