Métis Politics and Governance in Canada, by scholars Kelly Saunders and Janique Dubois, offers a novel and practical guide to understand who the Métis are, how they govern themselves, and the challenges they face on the path to self-government. The Métis have always been a political people. With the culmination of the North-West Resistance in 1885 and the hanging of their spiritual and political leader, Louis Riel, the Métis continued to take political action to give life to Riel’s vision of a self-governing Métis Nation in Canada.
First Nations Self-Government: 17 Roadblocks to Self-Determination, and One Chief’s Thoughts on Solutions is by Leroy Wolf Collar, a member of Siksika Nation in southern Alberta where he served as a Band Councillor from 1993-2007 and Chief from 2007-2010. In First Nations Self-Government, Leroy Wolf Collar discusses how Indigenous Peoples in Canada are continuing to assert their right to self-determination in this era of reconciliation.
Nested Federalism and Inuit Governance in the Canadian Arctic by Gary Wilson, Christopher Alcantara and Thierry Rodon, discusses Indigenous communities’ successful negotiations in the creation of self-governing regions. Most of these are situated within existing units of the Canadian federation, creating forms of nested federalism.
Land of the Midnight Sun is the third edition of this book on the history of the Yukon by Ken Coates and William Morrison. This work covers the Herschel Island Whaling, pre-1900 fur trading, the post second World War resource boom, struggle for responsible government and the emergence of Indigenous political protest. Land of the Midnight Sun emphasizes the role of First Nations and the struggle of Yukoners within Confederation.
Understanding Canadian Government and Citizenship: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Governance, is a clearly and succinctly written book for grades 4 to 6, which outlines Canadian governance through First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Governance. This 32-page book contains an introduction to Indigenous Peoples in Canada, traditional governance, and historic treaties and the reserve system. It reviews the Indian Act, and the context of its establishment and amendments, and the proceeding injustices and their effect on generations of Indigenous peoples including residential schools.
Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State documents the country’s national security systems and their methods when policing Indigenous activists and organizations as they demonstrate and seek to protect Indigenous territories and resources in the face of government-supported resource extraction. In measures to protect the land, prevent pipeline development and fracking, land and water defenders have created a national discussion about these issues and successfully slowed the rate of resource extraction.
Gambling on Authenticity: Gaming, The Noble Savage, and the Not-So New Indian is a collection of seven essays edited by Julie Pelletier and Becca Gercken in this 2017 volume from the University of Manitoba Press. Rather than focus on economic development and politics, the editors turn their attention to Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars who write about the gaming and casino impact on First Nations arts, literature and scholarship.