Thursday, October 6, 2022

Wi’kipatmu’k Mi’kmawey

Celebrate and honour Mi'kmaq History Month with the following nonfiction titles.

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act
by Bob Joseph
“Joseph explains how Indigenous peoples can step out from under the Indian Act and return to self-government, self-determination, and self-reliance-and why doing so would result in a better country for every Canadian. He dissects the complex issues around truth and reconciliation, and clearly demonstrates why learning about the Indian Act's cruel, enduring legacy is essential for the country to move toward true reconciliation." –WorldCat

Apple: Skin to the Core: A Memoir in Words and Pictures
by Eric Gansworth
“Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.” -WorldCat

Beyond the Orange Shirt Story
by Phyllis Webstad
Beyond the Orange Shirt Story is a unique collection of truths, as told by six generations of Phyllis Webstad’s family that will give readers an up-close look at what life was like before, during, and after their Residential School experiences.” -Amazon

Braiding Sweetgrass
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
"As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as 'the younger brothers of creation.'"—Publisher

Call Me Indian: From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL's First Treaty Indigenous Player
by Fred Sasakamoose
“Fred Sasakamoose, torn from his home at the age of seven, endured the horrors of residential school for a decade before becoming one of 120 players in the most elite hockey league in the world. He has been heralded as the first Indigenous player with Treaty status in the NHL, making his official debut as a 1954 Chicago Black Hawks player on Hockey Night in Canada and teaching Foster Hewitt how to pronounce his name. Sasakamoose played against such legends as Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau, and Maurice Richard. After twelve games, he returned home.” -Amazon

From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada
by Jody Wilson-Raybould
“An Indigenous leader who has dedicated her life to Indigenous Rights, Jody Wilson-Raybould has represented both First Nations and the Crown at the highest levels. And she is not afraid to give Canadians what they need most – straight talk on what has to be done to move beyond our colonial legacy and achieve true reconciliation in Canada.” -Amazon

Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing 
and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid
"This stunning work of investigative journalism follows a series of unsolved disappearances and murders of Indigenous women in rural British Columbia along Highway 16, a 450-mile stretch of dirt and asphalt, surrounded by rugged wilderness and snowy mountain peaks."--Publisher

In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience
by Helen Knott
“Helen Knott, a highly accomplished Indigenous woman, seems to have it all. But in her memoir, she offers a different perspective. In My Own Moccasins is an unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the wounds brought on by sexual violence. It is also the story of sisterhood, the power of ceremony, the love of family, and the possibility of redemption.” -Amazon

"Indian" in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power
by Jody Wilson-Raybould
“This is the story of why Wilson-Raybould got into federal politics, her experience as an Indigenous leader sitting around the Cabinet table, her proudest achievements, the very public SNC-Lavalin affair, and how she got out and moved forward. Now sitting as an Independent Member in Parliament, Wilson-Raybould believes there is a better way to govern and a better way for politics—one that will make a better country for all.” -Amazon

Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality
by Bob Joseph
“We are all treaty people. But what are the everyday impacts of treaties, and how can we effectively work toward reconciliation if we're worried our words and actions will unintentionally cause harm? Hereditary chief and leading Indigenous relations trainer Bob Joseph is your guide to respecting cultural differences and improving your personal relationships and business interactions with Indigenous Peoples.” –WorldCat

L’NU’K: The People
by Theresa Meuse
“In L'nuk, First Nations educator Theresa Meuse traces the incredible lineage of today's Mi'kmaq people, sharing the fascinating details behind their customs, traditions, and history.” -WorldCat

Permanent Astonishment: A Memoir
by Tomson Highway
“Tomson Highway was born in a snowbank on an island in the sub-Arctic, the 11th of 12 children in a nomadic, caribou-hunting Cree family who traversed the tundra by dogsled and lived off the land. Highway animates the magical world of his northern childhood, paying tribute to a way of life that few have experienced and fewer still have chronicled. Infused with joy and outrageous humour, Highway offers insights, both hilarious and profound, into the Cree experience of culture, conquest and survival.” -Amazon

Real Justice: Convicted for being Mi’kmaq: The Story of Donald Marshall
by Bill Swan
"When a black teen was murdered in a Sydney, Cape Breton park late one night, his young companion, Donald Marshall Jr., became a prime suspect. Sydney police coached two teens to testify against Donald which helped convict him of a murder he did not commit. He spent 11 years in prison until he finally got a lucky break. Not only was he eventually acquitted of the crime, but a royal commission inquiry into his wrongful conviction found that a non-aboriginal youth would not have been convicted in the first place. Donald became a First Nations activist and later won a landmark court case in favour of native fishing rights. He was often referred to as the "reluctant hero" of the Mi'kmaq community." -Amazon

Residential Schools: Righting Canada's Wrongs: The Devastating Impact on Canada's Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Findings and Calls for Action
by Melanie Florence
This up-to-date account of the residential school system discusses aboriginal life before the schools, the history and negative repercussions of the schools, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. -Summary

Seven Fallen Feathers
by Tanya Talaga
"Over the span of ten years, seven high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave their reserve because there was no high school there for them to attend. Award-winning journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this northern city that has come to manifest, and struggle with, human rights violations past and present against aboriginal communities." –WorldCat

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation
by Monique Gray Smith
“Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action. -Amazon

Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State
by Tamara Starblanket, Ward Churchill, et al.
"Suffer the Little Children tackles one of the most compelling issues of our time - the crime of genocide - and whether in fact it can be said to have occurred in relation to the many Original Nations on Great Turtle Island now claimed by a state called Canada.” -WorldCat

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir
by Joseph Auguste Merasty and David Carpenter
"A retired fisherman and trapper who sometimes lived rough on the streets, Augie Merasty was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of aggressive assimilation. As Augie recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mold children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse. But even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's sense of humour and warm voice shine through.” -Amazon

The Inconvenient Indian
by Thomas King
The Inconvenient Indian is a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be ‘Indian’ in North America. Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other.” -WorldCat

The Life and Death of Anna Mae Aquash
by Johanna Brand
“Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, 1976. It took two autopsies and demands from family and friends to uncover that Canadian Indian activist Anna Mae Aquash had been killed by a bullet, fired execution-style into the back of her head. Was she murdered by the FBI, or by colleagues in the American Indian Movement? No serious investigation has ever been undertaken to determine the identities of her murderers.” –WorldCat

The Reason You Walk
by Wab Kinew
"The Reason You Walk is a poignant story of a towering but damaged father and his son as they embark on a journey to repair their family bond. By turns lighthearted and solemn, Kinew gives us an inspiring vision for family and cross-cultural reconciliation, and a wider conversation about the future of aboriginal peoples." -WorldCat

The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy 
by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson
The Reconciliation Manifesto documents how governments are attempting to reconcile with Indigenous peoples without touching the basic colonial structures that dominate and distort the relationship. Manuel reviews the current state of land claims, tackles the persistence of racism among non-Indigenous people and institutions, decries the role of government-funded organizations like the Assembly of First Nations, and highlights the federal government's disregard for the substance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples while claiming to implement it. Together, these circumstances amount to a false reconciliation between Indigenous people and Canada.” -Publisher

The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation
by David B MacDonald
"Confronting the truths of Canada’s Indian Residential School system has been likened to waking a sleeping giant. In this book, David B. MacDonald uses genocide as an analytical tool to better understand Canada’s past and present relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples.” –WorldCat

There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities
by Ingrid Waldron
“Ingrid R. G. Waldron examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada, using Nova Scotia as a case study, and the grassroots resistance activities by Indigenous and Black communities against the pollution and poisoning of their communities.” -Amazon
Turtle Island: The story of North America’s First People
by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger
“Discover the amazing story of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas from the end of the Ice Age to the arrival of the Europeans. You'll learn what people ate, how they expressed themselves through art, and how they adapted to the land. Archaeologists have been able to piece together what life may have been like pre-contact-- and how life changed with the arrival of the Europeans.” -WorldCat

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call
by Arthur Manuel 
“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.” -WorldCat