Canada's Residential Schools: Reconciliation, Volume 6 establishes guiding principles and a framework for advancing reconciliation in Canadian society. This final volume of The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) identifies the challenges that must be overcome if reconciliation is to flourish in the twenty-first century and highlights the critical role that Aboriginal peoples' cultures, histories, and laws must play in the reconciliation process.
From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians begins with the principle that Canada is a country founded on relationships and treaties between Indigenous peoples and newcomers. Although recent court cases have strengthened Aboriginal rights, the cooperative spirit of the treaties is being lost as Canadians engage in endless arguments about First Nations issues.
Nta'tugwaqanminen Our Story provides evidence that the Mi'gmaq of the Gespe'gewa'gi (Northern New Brunswick and the Gaspe Peninsula) have occupied their territory since time immemorial. They were the sole occupants of it prior to European settlement and occupied it on a continuous basis. This book was written through an alliance between the Mi'gmaq of Northern Gesp'gewa'gi (Gaspe Peninsula), their Elders and a group of eminent researchers in the field with the aim of reclaiming their history, both oral and written, in the context of what is known as knowledge re-appropriation.
Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community is 2013 title in the Penguin Library of American Indian History Series. Written by Ojibwe scholar Brenda Child the volume offers a wealth of information about the history of Ojibwe women in their communities from contact to present day. Focusing on the Ojibwe of Lake Superior and the Mississippi River the author employs the English translation for mindimooyehn (mature, older woman) one who holds things together as the title and main premise of the book.
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.