Well-Being in the Urban Aboriginal Community offers a selection of the papers presented at Fostering Biimaadiziwin, a national research conference held in Toronto in 2011. The conference grew out of a desire to add a new perspective to research concerning Aboriginal peoples living in urban environments. In this volume, scholars, researchers, policy-makers, community members, and practitioners examine the ways that Aboriginal peoples in Canada are pursuing and achieving biimaadiziwin (or “the good life”) in urban settings.
Engagement et Responsabilisation des Jeunes Autochtones: Trousse D'Outils Destinee aux Fournisseurs de Services is the French language edition of Engaging and Empowering Aboriginal Youth: A Toolkit for Service Providers. The popular guide book for service providers and educators working with Aboriginal youth and teens in a variety of capacities contains a self-assessment guide to identify strengths and weaknesses in any youth organization's program. The authors include two non-Aboriginal mental health workers, Claire V.
Our City Our Voices: Follow the Eagle and Slo-Pitch video contains two short documentaries created by Aboriginal youth in Vancouver's Eastside. As a training project the youth got to tell stories about their city and the result is one about the role of Elders and the other about the importance of sports. During the summer of 2004 the youth documented the results of the Aboriginal Front Door's program to develop and nurture Elders in Vancouver. Most of these older Native people came to Vancouver in their earlier years and have struggled with abuse, life on the streets, and drugs.
Urban Elder introduces Vern Harper in this documentary about the life of a spiritual elder in Toronto. The video follows Harper's fast-paced lifestyle in the largest urban centre where he leads a sweat lodge, observes his daughter's ballet class, conducts a healing ceremony, participates in a political rally, and counsels prisoners at Warkworth Federal Prison. The cast also includes Dan Smoke, Rodney Bobiwash, Sylvia Maracle, and Laura Spencer. This 1997 video is directed by Robert S. Adams. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada.
Listening to Mother Earth and Father Sky: Teachings for Urban Aboriginals is a 2012 Ningwakwe Learning Press publication designed specifically for Ontario Native adult literacy learners and practitioners. This accessible 64-page book offers senior elementary and high school students an accurate overview of Traditional Teachings about the Four Directions and the cycle of life for Ojibwe, Hopi, Métis, and other First Nations. Author Michele Graveline look to the sky, trees, and nature as she worked on her Master of Arts in Education degree.
Urban Aboriginal Policy Making in Canadian Municipalities edited by Evelyn Peters is the second volume in McGill-Queen's University Press series, Fields of Governance: Policy Making in Canadian Municipalities. This volume contains 7 essays that provide an in-depth analysis of what makes good urban Aboriginal policy in Canada.
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.
Keeping the Campfires Going: Urban American Indian Women's Community Work and Activism is a collection of 10 essays about the history and politics of urbanization and the various roles Native American and First Nations women have played in the process. Editors Susan Susan Applegate and Heather Howard have compiled a fascinating cross-section of articles that describe and analyse women and urban issues in cities in the United States and Canada. Heather Howard writes about her first-hand experiences with the Native Canadian Centre and Aboriginal women's activism in Toronto from 1950-1975.
Torn From Our Midst: Voices of Grief, Healing and Action From the Missing Indigenous Women Conference, 2008 is a collection of essays and presentations delivered at the 2008 conference held at the University of Regina. The collection contains 35 presentations in the form of essay, poetry, prayer, reports, and personal accounts organized around themes such as family stories; the violent erasure of women; resisting with all the senses: art and activism; organizational resistance: action from within; self-care and the healing journey; and networking and strategizing.
Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Cities: Transformations and Continuities contains 12 essays from various First Nation and non-Aboriginal scholars. Of particular interest are David Newhouse's paper, Urban Life: Reflections of a Middle-Class Indian; Darrel Manitowabi's Neoliberalism and the Urban Aboriginal Experience: A Casino Rama Case Study; Marianne Ignace's Why Is My People Sleeping?: First Nations Hip Hop between the Rez and the City; and Heather Howard's study of Friendship Centres.