First Nations in the Twenty-First Century just released in 2011 from Oxford University Press series, Themes in Canadian Society, offers students a clear and concise introduction to understanding First Nations in Canada. This 252-page book by James S. Frideres, Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary, deals specifically with First Nations, the legislative history of the Indian Act, residential schools, Truth and Reconciliation, health issues, economic development, self governance, First Nations languages, and the bureaucracy of Indian Affairs.
Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future is a collection of 35 articles, papers, and speeches that provides Indigenous Peoples perspectives on the environment. Specific Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) articles include John Mohawk's short Thanksgiving Address; the Iroquois Confederacy; Food knowledge of our ancestors; climate change; and Indigenous view of nature. Oren Lyons has several contributions such as listening to natural law; and a democracy based on peace. Mohawk midwife Katsi Cook's essay discusses environmental and reproductive justice.
Aboriginal Policy Research: Exploring the Urban Landscape, volume 8 is a collection of 12 papers about Aboriginal Peoples presented at the Aboriginal Research Policy Conference held in Ottawa in 2009. Co-chaired by Dan Beavon of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Jerry White of the University of Western Ontario, and Peter Dinsdale of the National Association of Friendship Centres, this Aboriginal Research Policy Conference, like those before it, brought researchers, policy-makers, and the Aboriginal community together to make connections, hear about leading research, and learn together.
Red Power Rising: The National Indian Youth Council and the Origins of Native Activism traces the origins of the Red Power movement of Native Americans to the student activism of the National Indian Youth Council (NIYC), founded in Gallup, New Mexico, in 1961. The main goals of this organization were principles of tribal sovereignty, self determination, treaty rights, and cultural preservation. The main characters in the development of this youth organizations were Clyde Warrior, Shirley Hill Witt, Mel Thom, Bruce Wilkie, and Hank Adams.
In Bathtubs but No Water, Gerry Steele offers the reader a participant observer's perspective on Davis Inlet. An employee of the federal government working with the Mushuau Innu since 1993, Steele explores their oral history of the resettlement process, substance abuse and deaths, and argues that these problems are a direct result of the government's lack of respect for First Nations. In 1992, the Innu tried to regain responsibility for their future, focusing on the traditions and strengths of their own community, but government bureaucracy would not support this partnership.
The Indigenous World 2010 is a comprehensive yearbook on the current situation of Indigenous peoples and their human rights published by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA). Featuring 64 country reports and a section on international processes relating to Indigenous peoples, the book presents Indigenous peoples' voices and current concerns. It gives a unique overview of important events and developments in the Indigenous world during 2009.
No Need of a Chief for this Band: The Maritime Mi'kmaq and Federal Electoral Legislation, 1899-1951 by history professor Martha Walls explores the political history and struggle for self-government of the Mi'kmaq communities in the New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Finding Dahshaa: Self-Government, Social Suffering, and Aboriginal Policy in Canada by Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, a non-Indigenous scholar who worked as negotiator for the Dehcho, DÚl¯nÛ, and Inuvialuit and Gwich'in peoples in the Northwest Territories, offers a unique perspective and analysis of self-government negotiations. Using the metaphor of dahshaa, a rotted spruce wood essential in moose-hide tanning, the author examines three case studies to demonstrate the need for reconciliation and justice through self-government.
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada Teacher Resource binder and CD-ROM supports the student edition Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and was co-published by GoodMinds.com and Pearson Education. The 2011 textbook is written for the Ontario Ministry of Education's Native Studies Grade 10 course (NAC20). Teacher Guide authors included: Jenise Boland, Margaret Wells, Marlene Finn Wolfman, Cathy Fraccaro, Suzanne K. Keeptwo, Suzanne Methot, Nancy Peters, and Patti Whiteye.
Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations Teacher Resource is a 340-page binder and CD package written for the Ontario Ministry of Education's Native Studies Grade 11 course (NBV3C). Co-published by Pearson Education Canada and GoodMinds.com, this Teacher Guide and Student Text utilized a collaborative process involving First Nations, Inuit, Métis and non-Aboriginal teachers, cultural consultants, advisors, language consultants, artists, editors, and writers.