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Forbidden Fruit: Engaging an Indigenous Feminist Lens as an Nehinaw Iskwew
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: University/College;

Forbidden Fruit: Engaging an Indigenous Feminist Lens as an Neninaw Iskwew is a feminist based memoir acknowledging that people are measured, categorized, and placed in a hierarchal order that is deeply influenced by discourses predicated upon social processes.

Dr. McKay’s Indigenous feminism is about being aware that due to the colonial patriarchy that has seeped through Indigenous social and cultural systems, Indigenous women are positioned differently in economic, social and political structures. Marlene masterfully uses her own life experiences to assert that colonialism and Indigenous cultures obscure the role of women in a way that continues both their marginalization and the binary of the princess/squaw (p. 11).

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98 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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Funny Little Stories / wawiyatacimowinisa
Format: Paperback

This is the first in a series of readers in the First Nations languages of the prairie provinces meant for language learners and language users. The stories in this volume come from a variety of sources, all being narrated or written by fluent speakers of Cree, whether students or instructors of the Cree language or Elders. Funny Little Stories is a collection of nine stories representing the Plains Cree, Woods Cree, and Swampy Cree dialects, with a pronunciation guide and a Cree-to-English glossary.

Students and Elders come together in this volume to offer samples of three distinct genres of Cree storytelling: word play, humorous accounts of life experiences, and traditional stories about Wisahkecahk, the trickster-hero.

Each story is illustrated and is presented in both Standard Roman Orthography and syllabics, with English translation.

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Funny Little Stories is part of the First Nations Language Readers series. With a mix of traditional and new stories, each First Nations Language Reader introduces an Indigenous language and demonstrates how each language is used today. The University of Regina Press’s long-term goal is to publish all 60+ Indigenous languages of Canada.

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110 pages | 5.50" x 8.50" | Narrated by Cree-speaking students, instructors, and Elders | Transcribed and Translated by Cree Linguistics Students | Edited and with a glossary and syllabics by Arok Wolvengrey

Authenticity Note: Because of the contribution of Indigenous Peoples, such as Cree-speaking Elders, to this work on Cree storytelling, it has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label.

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Muskekowuck Athinuwick: Original People of the Great Swampy Land
Format: Paperback

The original people of the Hudson Bay lowlands, often known as the Lowland Cree and known to themselves as Muskekowuck Athinuwick, were among the first Aboriginal peoples in northwestern North America to come into contact with Europeans. This book challenges long-held misconceptions about the Lowland Cree, and illustrates how historians have often misunderstood the role and resourcefulness of Aboriginal peoples during the fur-trade era.

Although their own oral histories tell that the Lowland Cree have lived in the region for thousands of years, many historians have portrayed the Lowland Cree as relative newcomers who were dependent on the Hudson’s Bay Company fur-traders by the 1700s. Historical geographer Victor Lytwyn shows instead that the Lowland Cree had a well-established traditional society that, far from being dependent on Europeans, was instrumental in the survival of traders throughout the network of HBC forts during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Swampy Cree Justice: Researching the Ways of the People (3rd ed.)
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: University/College;

Within this third edition, Dr. Hansen builds upon his exploration of the concept of Indigenous/ First Nations justice by incorporating discussions with three Omushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) Justice Committee members to the stories and explanations originally provided by the six Omushkegowuk elders indigenous to northern Manitoba. In so doing, Dr. Hansen provides an example of how the philosophy of Omushkegowuk justice, (a concept of justice undergirded, and impregnated with, a belief in education and healing), is being implemented in praxis.

While Dr. Hansen provides a narrative and comparative understanding of Indigenous justice based upon the Omushkegowuk experience, its message will most certainly resonate with other Indigenous groups as they deal with Western, state-funded, justice systems based upon retribution and punishment as such adversarial systems tends to be divisive for the community, ostracizing for the offender, and ignoring of victim needs.

Dr. Hansen provides the necessary background, from his own research and from government sources, information necessary to support his claims. Analysis utilizes the Four Directions and presents what Dr. Hansen refers to as an example of Indigenous Restorative Justice.

"Dr. John Hansen gives us a comprehensive look into Omushkegowuk philosophy. Through his words, Wasekechak is returning to our stories to reanimate relationships and processes of restorative justice." -- Shawn Wilson, PhD, Member, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Senior Lecturer, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University

"Swampy Cree Justice: Researching the Ways of the People (3rd ed) is a must-read for First Nations peoples, policy makers, government, justice, police, and corrections officials. The book is based on Indigenous-based research conducted with Elders from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (The Pas, Manitoba). According to the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal People’s report, it was recommended that First Nations people had the right to develop their own Justice Systems based on their worldviews, cultural values, languages, and traditional customs. Dr. John G. Hanson has done an excellent analysis of what this looks like from Omushkegowak restorative justice model using a storytelling methodology. His critique of the current retributive and punishment Justice model is linked to the high incarceration rates of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Clearly there is a need to define the meaning, institutions, and standards of Justice in each First Nation across the country in order to address the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action in the Justice sector. It is time to occupy the field for the sake of balance and harmony." -- Herman Michell, PhD, Member, Barren Lands First Nation, External Consultant, Prince Albert Grand Council

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Table of Contents
1. Institutional Racism, Cultural Racism and Racist Practice
2. The Role of Stories in Indigenous Research
3. Justice
4. Cultural Implications when Conducting Indigenous Research
5. Historical Overview of Restorative Justice
6. A History of Indigenous Justice
7. Research Methodology
8. The Elders
9. An Indigenous Worldview
10. Presenting the Elders Knowledge
11. Data Analysis
12. The Organization of the Holistic Data Analysis – The Four Directions
13. Opaskwayak Restorative Justice Ideas and Practices
14. Conclusion
About the Author

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254 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 12; University/College;

Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths delves into the life and the healing of an lnnininew woman from the ancestral lands of the Moshkekowok, now called Northern Ontario. It is through the process of writing broken poetry--visual poetry rooted in the haunting memories of her childhood--that she provides the reader a glimpse into the mind of child survivor who was saved by her ancestors. This thought provoking poetry sheds light on a personal account of how she comes to terms with intergenerational trauma inflicted by the residential school system.

To unearth our secrets means we must face our past, and in doing so, we will find our voice. Unearthing Secrets: Gathering Truths explores the heartfelt and evocative fragmented experiences through the eyes of an Indigenous woman. Through the honesty of her words, she embraces the spirit world, the resilience of her foremothers, the integral healing powers of disassociation as a survival mechanism, and the richness of her mitewin - dreams, which reconnects her to herself. Through her poetry, she has found the courage to face her difficult past, and now as a mother, she is gathering the truths of her family to help in the healing process.

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97 pages | 6.50" x 10.00" | 8 illustrations

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