Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada

2016, 290 pp
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Delgamuukw. Sixties Scoop. Bill C-31. Blood quantum. Appropriation. Two-Spirit. Status. TRC. RCAP. FNPOA. Pass and permit. Numbered Treates. Terra nullius. The Great Peace. The Daniels decision...

Are you familiar with the terms listed above? In Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel, writer, lawyer, and intellectual, opens an important dialogue about these (and more) concepts and the wider social beliefs associated with the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. An advocate for Indigenous worldviews, Vowel explores in 31 essays the Indigenous experience from the time of contact to the present, through five categories: Terminology of Relationships; Culture and Identity; Myth-Busting; State Violence; and Land, Learning, Law and Treaties; along with wider social beliefs about these issues. She answers the questions that many people have on these topics to spark further conversations at home, in the classroom, and in the larger community.

"Indigenous Writes engages, enrages, and engrosses. With boldness and wit, Chelsea Vowel presents a counternarrative to the foundational, historical, and living myths most Canadians grew up believing. She punctures the bloated tropes that have frozen Indigenous peoples in time, often to the vanishing point. Reading Indigenous Writes, you feel that you are having a conversation over coffee with a super-smart friend, someone who refuses to simplify, who chooses to amplify, who is unafraid to kick against the darkness. Branding Indigenous Writes as required reading would make it sound like literary All-Bran. It is not, and far from it. What this book really is, is medicine."--Shelagh Rogers, O.C., Broadcast Journalist, TRC Honourary Witness

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