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Un parcours bispirituel: Recit d'une ainee ojibwe-crie lesbienne
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Oji-Cree;
Grade Levels: 12; University/College;

« Quand tu seras grande, tu seras une éducatrice pour notre peuple. Tu aideras les autres. Tu seras une guérisseuse. » L’extraordinaire histoire de Ma-Nee Chacaby en est une de courage, de souffrance et d’amour. En prononçant ces paroles prophétiques, sa grand-mère n’aurait pu viser plus juste. C’est elle qui a vu chez la petite Ma-Nee les deux esprits, le masculin et le féminin. Chance ou malédiction? Pour une enfant bispirituelle dans les années 1950, à Ombabika, une communauté ojibwé-crie du nord de l’Ontario, la liberté est infinie. Elle apprend à trapper, à chasser et à survivre en forêt; elle sculpte le bois, fait de la couture, tanne le cuir et s’occupe des enfants et des aînés. Mais sa grand-mère, sa bien-aimée kokum, sait que la suite sera très dure. Après une jeunesse bouleversée par les tragédies, les abus, un mariage forcé et l’alcoolisme, elle s’enfuit à vingt ans avec ses enfants à Thunder Bay. Là-bas, elle n’échappe pas aux violences racistes, mais réussit à atteindre la sobriété. Une vie de militantisme commence. Elle devient intervenante auprès de toxicomanes, de sans-abri et de mères en difficulté, reçoit des dizaines d’enfants en famille d’accueil et, lorsqu’elle découvre qu’elle aime les femmes, ne tarde pas à s’impliquer dans le mouvement LGBTQ2S. Comme lesbienne, guide spirituelle autochtone et handicapée visuelle, Ma-Nee Chacaby fait aujourd’hui figure d’inspiration. Sa vie est une courtepointe faite des morceaux de l’histoire brisée des Premières Nations, où s’entrelacent les fils de la résistance et de la guérison.

Mary Louisa Plummer est une chercheuse basée en Tanzanie, spécialiste des questions de santé publique et vieille amie de Ma-Nee Chacaby.

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This is the French translation of A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder.  Translated by Sophie M Lavoie.

This book would be useful for courses in women's studies, social studies, and gender studies.  Recommended for students in grade 12 or at a college/university level.

Caution: Discussions of physical and sexual abuse; mature subject matter.

 

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Un/inhabited
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

Award-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel’s second collection of poetry, Un/inhabited, maps the terrain of the public domain to create a layered investigation of the interconnections between language and land.

Abel constructed the book’s source text by compiling in their entirety ninety-one western novels found on the website Project Gutenberg, an online archive of works whose copyright has expired. Using his word processor’s Ctrl-F function, he searched the compilation for words that relate to the political and social aspects of land, territory, and ownership. Each search query represents a study in context (How was this word deployed? What surrounded it? What is left over once that word is removed?) accumulating toward a representation of the public domain as a discoverable and inhabitable body of land.

Featuring a text by independent curator Kathleen Ritter – the first piece of scholarship on Abel’s work – Un/inhabited reminds us of the power of language as material and invites us to reflect on what is present in the empty space when we see nothing.

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Uncommon Clay: The Labradoria Mural
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Format: Paperback

In November of 2006, the Labrador Creative Arts Festival invited Lynda Faulks, a national award-winning art educator, to teach a short course in bas relief clay work.

In four days, nineteen inspired students had created nineteen Labrador-inspired tiles, something that usually takes a month to achieve. From January to June, 2007, Dorrie Brown, an art teacher in her own right, continued this project, carrying clay, tools and more inspiration to thirty-five other young Labrador artists, age twelve to eighteen, spread from Nain in the north to Cartwright in the south.

Uncommon Clay gives life to images, which gives life to stories, which whisper and breathe from walls that remember and celebrate.

Fifty-four young artists. Fifty-four tiles. Thirteen communities. Images of Innu, Metis and European heritage intermingled. This is the Labradoria Mural. This is the mosaic that is Labrador.

Each image has a story. These images, these stories, now in common clay, are forever. And these images, these stories, will be admired, considered, treasured, and heard by all who understand their uncommon nature.

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Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 11; 12; University/College;

As beautiful as it is useful, Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in learning about or deepening their understanding of a fascinating craft.

Indigenous hand-engraved jewelry from the Pacific Northwest Coast is among the most distinctive, innovative, and highly sought-after art being produced in North America today. But these artworks are more than just stunning—every bracelet, ring, and pendant is also the product of a fascinating backstory, a specialized set of techniques, and a talented artist.

With a clearly written text, a foreword by award-winning First Nations artist Corrine Hunt, and more than one hundred striking color photographs and sidebars, Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry offers an illuminating look at an exquisite craft and the context in which it is practiced.

Providing a step-by-step overview of various techniques, the book also introduces the specifics of formline design, highlights the traits of the most common animal symbols used, offers tips for identification, and features biographies and works from over fifty of the Coast’s best-known jewelers. Finally, it delves into the history of the art form, from the earliest horn and copper cuff bracelets to cutting-edge contemporary works and everything in between.

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192 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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Understanding Wetlands: A Wetland Handbook for British Columbia's Interior
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Format: Coil Bound
Grade Levels: 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Wetlands, considered some of the most productive ecological systems on earth, provide habitat for a remarkable variety of wildlife and perfom ecological functions which are vital to sustaining healthy landscapes. Understanding Wetlands was produced to meet the growing need of land managers and the general public for information on British Columbia's Interior wetlands. This handbook provides basic information on the values and functions of wetlands, focusing on 42 key wetland and riparian plants, and identifies plants which are indicators of health or degraded habitat. Striving to give the reader a better understanding of wetland plant communities and the habitat they provide for wildlife, this volume describes the breeding and feeding habitat of wetland-dependent birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish and invertebrates. Understanding Wetlands includes over 190 colour photographs and illustrations.

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Une vraie bonne petite Metisse
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Signée par Sylvie Nicolas, cette traduction du tout premier recueil de poésie de Marilyn Dumont, A Really Good Brown Girl (Brick Books, 1996), permet enfin aux francophones de découvrir l’œuvre de l’auteure métisse.Directe, sensible, sensuelle, ironique et touchante, l'écriture de Marilyn Dumont témoigne des préjugés et de la méconnaissance des Blancs face à l'histoire des Métis. Sa poésie balaie toutes les frontières susceptibles d'étouffer le souffle d'un héritage d'une grande humanité.près du son des chevaux et du ventquand, assise sur ses genoux dans une tente de toileelle te nourrissait de banique de théet de syllabesdont l'écho te revient en tête, là, maintenantsans pouvoir reproduire le sonde cette voix qui te berçait et chantait pour t'endormirdans la langue du diable.

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This is the French translation of the English Book, A Really Good Brown Girl.

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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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Unikkaaqtuat: An Introduction to Inuit Myths and Legends
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;

This exhaustive story collection makes the rich tradition of Inuit storytelling accessible to the rest of Canada for the first time. From creation myths to animal fables, Unikkaaqtuat gives non-Inuit readers a thorough introduction to the world of Inuit traditional stories. This definitive collection of legends and myths is thoughtfully introduced and carefully annotated to provide the historical and cultural context in which to understand this rich oral tradition.

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Unipkaaqtuat Arvianit: Traditional Inuit Stories from Arviat (Volume 2)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Mark Kalluak has meticulously documented the stories that have been passed down for generations in the North. In this volume learn about the origin of the sun and the moon, the ogress that stole children, all sorts of animal fables and many more.

A refreshing change from academic examinations, this collection is lovingly gathered by an Inuit elder who grew up listening to these tales and is personally invested in preserving these treasures for generations to come.

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Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Unsettling Canada, a Canadian bestseller, is built on a unique collaboration between two First Nations leaders, Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson.

Both men have served as chiefs of their bands in the B.C. interior and both have gone on to establish important national and international reputations. But the differences between them are in many ways even more interesting. Arthur Manuel is one of the most forceful advocates for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada and comes from the activist wing of the movement. Grand Chief Ron Derrickson is one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in the country.

Together the Secwepemc activist intellectual and the Syilx (Okanagan) businessman bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to Canada’s most glaring piece of unfinished business: the place of Indigenous peoples within the country’s political and economic space. The story is told through Arthur’s voice but he traces both of their individual struggles against the colonialist and often racist structures that have been erected to keep Indigenous peoples in their place in Canada.

In the final chapters and in the Grand Chief’s afterword, they not only set out a plan for a new sustainable indigenous economy, but lay out a roadmap for getting there.

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“This is the back story of both grassroots and backroom struggles that created the context in which we find ourselves today, one in which a new generation of First Nations leaders is demanding sovereignty and self-determination, and more and more non-Indigenous Canadians finally understand that huge swaths of this country we call Canada is not ours - or our government's - to sell.”— Naomi Klein, from the Foreword

“Pragmatic and helpful, this is a timely book for our fraught and political moment”— Quill & Quire

"Unsettling Canada is a breathtakingly beautiful story of Indigenous resistance, strength, and movement building. Unsettling Canada echoes the power of George Manuel's The Fourth World, centering the heart of the narrative deep inside a kind of Indigenous intelligence rarely shared outside our communities. This is the critical conversation that Canada and Indigenous peoples must have because it is centred on land, and, therefore, it is one of the most important books on Indigenous politics I've ever read."— Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of Dancing on Our Turtle's Back

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This resource would be useful for courses in history, social justice, political science, and social studies.  Recommended for students in grades 10 to 12 or those at a college/university level.

CONTENTS
Foreword Naomi Klein
Chapter 1 The Lay of the Land
Chapter 2 Institutionalizing a People: Indian Hospital, School, Jail
Chapter 3 White Paper to Red Paper: Drawing the Battle Lines
Chapter 4 Occupy Indian Affairs: Native Youth in Action
Chapter 5 Aboriginal Title: No Surrender
Chapter 6 The Constitution Express: A Grassroots Movement
Chapter 7 Don’t Let Them Bully You: A Business Interlude
Chapter 8 A Chief’s Concerns: Finances, the People, and the Land
Chapter 9 Upping the Ante: RCAP and a Landmark Court Decision
Chapter 10 The Battle in the Forest: The Trade in Indian Trees
Chapter 11 Sun Peaks to Geneva: Playgrounds and Fortresses
Chapter 12 Taking It to the Bank: Accounting for Unpaid Debt
Chapter 13 The Fourth World: A Global Movement
Chapter 14 Line of Defence: Side by Side for Mother Earth
Chapter 15 No Half Measures: The Price of Uncertainty
Chapter 16 Days of Protest: Young Activists Come Together
Chapter 17 The End of Colonialism
Afterword Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson
Acknowledgements
Appendix United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Notes
Index

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288 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

 

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Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: University/College;

In 2008 the Canadian government apologized to the victims of the notorious Indian residential school system, and established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission whose goal was to mend the deep rifts between Aboriginal peoples and the settler society that engineered the system. In Unsettling the Settler Within, Paulette Regan, a former residential-schools-claims manager, argues that in order to truly participate in the transformative possibilities of reconciliation, non-Aboriginal Canadians must undergo their own process of decolonization. They must relinquish the persistent myth of themselves as peacemakers and acknowledge the destructive legacy of a society that has stubbornly ignored and devalued Indigenous experience. With former students offering their stories as part of the truth and reconciliation processes, Regan advocates for an ethos that learns from the past, making space for an Indigenous historical counter-narrative to avoid perpetuating a colonial relationship between Aboriginal and settler peoples. A powerful and compassionate call to action, Unsettling the Settler Within inspires with its thoughtful and personal account of Regan's own journey, and offers all Canadians -- Indigenous and non-Indigenous policymakers, politicians, teachers, and students -- a new way of approaching the critical task of healing the wounds left by the residential school system.

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Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);


A powerful, raw yet eloquent memoir from a residential school survivor and former First Nations Chief, Up Ghost River is a necessary step toward our collective healing.

In the 1950s, 7-year-old Edmund Metatawabin was separated from his family and placed in one of Canada’s worst residential schools. St. Anne’s, in north­ern Ontario, is an institution now notorious for the range of punishments that staff and teachers inflicted on students. Even as Metatawabin built the trappings of a successful life—wife, kids, career—he was tormented by horrific memories. Fuelled by alcohol, the trauma from his past caught up with him, and his family and work lives imploded.

In seeking healing, Metatawabin travelled to southern Alberta. There he learned from elders, par­ticipated in native cultural training workshops that emphasize the holistic approach to personhood at the heart of Cree culture, and finally faced his alcoholism and PTSD. Metatawabin has since worked tirelessly to expose the wrongdoings of St. Anne’s, culminating in a recent court case demanding that the school records be released to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Now Metatawabin’s mission is to help the next generation of residential school survivors. His story is part of the indigenous resurgence that is happening across Canada and worldwide: after years of oppression, he and others are healing themselves by rediscovering their culture and sharing their knowledge.

Coming full circle, Metatawabin’s haunting and brave narrative offers profound lessons on the impor­tance of bearing witness, and the ability to become whole once again.

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Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Indigenous American;
Grade Levels: 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

The majority of Natives in North America live "off the rez." How do they stay rooted to their culture? How do they connect with their community?

Urban Tribes offers unique insight into this growing and often misperceived group. This anthology profiles young urban Natives and how they connect with Native culture and values in their contemporary lives.

Their stories are as diverse as they are. From a young Dene woman pursuing an MBA at Stanford University to a Pima photographer in Phoenix to a Mohawk actress in New York City, these urban Natives share their unique insight to bridge the divide between their past and their future, their cultural home, and their adopted cities.

Unflinchingly honest and deeply moving, the contributors explore a wide range of topics: from the trials and tribulations of dating in the city to the alienating experience of leaving a remote reserve to attend high school in the city, from the mainstream success of the Electric Pow Wow music genre to the humiliation of racist school mascots.

Each of the personal perspectives helps to illuminate larger political issues. An innovative and highly visual design offers a dynamic reading experience.

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Recommended Ages: 11 - 18.

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Recommended English First Peoples resource.

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136 pages | 6.75" x 9.50" | colour illustrations and photographs, foreward, introduction, bibliography

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