Indigenous Culture Through the Lens of Resistance and Narrative

Both President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have promised to fight climate change —but their pipeline policies tell a different story. The narrative surrounding both Line 3 and the Trans Mountain Pipeline is that those in power can continue to extract resources from the earth with no care for those who say otherwise. But it is always good to remember that this is just oneof many narratives. As Native American Heritage Month and our friends at Fernwood Press  remind us, there are other stories to be told. These five Fernwood Press books offer an understanding of resistance as well as context for why everyone should care about what has happened to indigenous people both in the United States and in Canada. 

To Be A Water Protector

The Rise of the Wiindigoo Slayers

Winona LaDuke 

Winona LaDuke’s new book, To Be a Water Protector, is an expansive, provocative engagement with her many years of activism. LaDuke honors Mother Earth and her teachings while detailing global, Indigenous-led opposition to the enslavement and exploitation of the land and water. 

Research Is Ceremony

Indigenous Research Methods

Shawn Wilson

Indigenous researchers work to progress Indigenous ways of being, knowing, and doing in a modern context. This book describes a research paradigm shared by Indigenous scholars in Canada and Australia and demonstrates how this paradigm can be put into practice.

Living in Indigenous Sovereignty

Elizabeth Carlson-Manathara and Gladys Rowe 

In the last decade, the relationship between settler Canadians and Indigenous Peoples has been highlighted by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Living in Indigenous Sovereignty details what is being asked of non-Indigenous people and shares the experiences of thirteen white settler Canadians who are engaged in solidarity work with Indigenous Peoples.

Decolonizing Trauma Work

Indigenous Stories and Strategies

Renee Linklater, with a foreword by Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Grounded in Indigenous worldviews, Renee Linklater offers purposeful and practical methods to help individuals and communities that have experienced trauma. Decolonizing Trauma Work is a resource for education and training programs, healthcare practitioners, healing centres, clinical services, and policy initiatives.

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit

What Inuit Have Always Known to Be True

Edited by Joe Karetak, Frank Tester, and Shirley Tagalik

Most people have a very limited understanding of Inuit culture, and often apply only a few trappings of Inuit culture—past practices, artifacts, and catchphrases—to projects in an attempt to justify cultural relevance. Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit—meaning all the extensive knowledge and experience passed from generation to generation—is a collection of contributions by well-known and respected Inuit Elders. The book provides an Inuit perspective on how we relate to each other, to other living beings, and the environment.

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