Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada's Legal Barriers is an historical examination of Canadian legal regimes and the negative impact they have had on the health of Aboriginal peoples. Everything from the early ban on traditional practices to the constitutional division of powers is examined (including who is responsible for off-reserve Indians under the Constitution). The author argues there is a clear connection between the health of individuals and the legal regime under which they live, and that our legal regime is one of the determinants of health.
Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country’s history. The movement was inspired by thirteen-year-old Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree woman from Attawapiskat, Ontario. Author Charlie Angus is an elected Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay.
Talking Tools: Faces of Aboriginal Oral Tradition in Contemporary Society explores the power of oral tradition in Dene society as a foundational cultural and linguistic tool. Four distinct elements are examined: the story-keepers; the importance of practice; the emergence of new stories; and the challenges of sustainability. Finally, the emergence of new technologies and their relevance to the sustainability of the tradition and art of storytelling are discussed.
Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States & American Indian Nations explores the promises, diplomacy, and betrayals involved in treaties and treaty making between the United States government and the Indian Nations of the United States and Canada. This 272-page volume released in 2014 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The museum developed an exhibition about treaties and their essential nature to America.
Mediating Indianness investigates a wide range of media - including print, film, theatre, ritual dance, music, recorded interviews, photography, and treaty rhetoric - that have been used in exploitative, informative, educative, sustaining, protesting, or entertaining ways to negotiate Native American identities and images. The selection of the term Indianness is deliberate. It points to the intricate construction of ethnicity as filtered through media, despite frequent assertions of authenticity.
During the 1900s eugenics gained favour as a means of controlling the birth rate among “undesirable” populations in Canada. Though many people were targeted, the coercive sterilization of one group has gone largely unnoticed. An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women unpacks long-buried archival evidence to begin documenting the forced sterilization of Aboriginal women in Canada.
Debriefing Elsipogtog: The Anatomy of a Struggle documents how Texas-based Southwestern Energy was provided a licence to search over a million hectares of land in New Brunswick for natural gas extraction, and how the First Nation Elsipogtog First Nation (formerly Big Cove) employed new tactics in the effort to expel Southwestern Energy. Written by journalist Miles Howe, who was embedded in the community from the beginning of the 2013 struggle, Debriefing Elsipogtog offers a riveting, firsthand, on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes account of this story.
Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call by Arthur Manuel and Chief Ronald Derrickson describes the victories and failures, the hopes and the fears of a generation of activists fighting for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Unsettling Canada chronicles the modern struggle for Indigenous rights covering fifty years of struggle over a wide range of historical, national, and recent international breakthroughs. Arthur Manuel has participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues since its inception in 2002.
Disinherited Generations: Our Struggle to Reclaim Treaty Rights for First Nations Women and their Descendants authored by Nellie Carlson, Kathleen Steinhauer with, Linda Goyette is the oral autobiography of two remarkable Cree women as they tell their life stories against a backdrop of government discrimination, First Nations activism, and the resurgence of First Nations communities.
On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada by anthropologist Michael Asch, professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, offers readers and examination of the numbered treaties in a unique manner. He asks the questions: What, other than numbers and power, justifies Canada’s assertion of sovereignty and jurisdiction over the country’s vast territory? Why should Canada’s original inhabitants have to ask for rights to what was their land when non-Aboriginal people first arrived?