Indigenous in Canada: Firsthand Accounts

In this collection of readings, Indigenous activists, journalists and playwrights share their unique perspectives on the suffering faced by indigenous communities in Canada, the ongoing failures of the Canadian Government and the fight for a just and equitable future.

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Chapter One: We Were Always Here

From: All Our Relations

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In this reading, Tanya Talaga discusses the epidemic of suicides among Indigenous youth in Canada. The reading includes personal recollections of the author, historical and political context and … 41 $4.92 Add
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iyiniw tâpwêwin êkwa kiskeyihtamowin

From: ohpikinâwasowin/Growing a Child

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Our Project’s Creation Story – Ceremony – Two Worlds – Permission to Wisdom-Seek – Storytelling and Creation Stories – Language – Multiple Truths – … ; ; ; 30 $3.00 Add
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Wizipan Little Elk, Rosebud Lakota

“On the reservation, you have the beauty of the culture and our traditional knowledge contrasted with the reality of poverty.”

From: How We Go Home

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Wizipan Little Elk, who is Rosebud Lakota, tells his story. He is the Executive Director of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, where he manages development projects to create jobs for … 22 $2.20 Add
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Geraldine Manson, Snuneymuxw First Nation

“The nurse was trying to get me to sign a paper to put our baby, Derrick, up for adoption.”

From: How We Go Home

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Geraldine Manson, of Snuneymuxw First Nation, shares her story about being an Elder in Residence at the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University. She was in a residential school as a child … 18 $1.80 Add
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Chapter 5: The Hollowness of Not Knowing

From: Seven Fallen Feathers

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In this reading, Indigenous author Tanya Talaga begins by providing an account of a meeting with Maryanne Panacheese on the Mishkeegogamang First Nation. The chapter goes on to discuss … 24 $2.88 Add
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Reconciliation is a Lie, Resistance is Hope

From: Warrior Life

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Section five, Reconciliation is a Life, Resistance is Hope is a collection of articles and blog posts by Palmater in response to headlines about reconciliation, abolishing the Indian Act as a way … 59 $5.90 Add
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Vera Styres, Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk/Tuscarora

“I was a ‘scabby, dirty little Indian.’”

From: How We Go Home

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Vera Styres is of the Six Nations of the Grand River and she is of Mohawk/Tuscarora descent. She is a retired social worker. She speaks of her childhood in residential schools, and of coming to … 20 $2.00 Add
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The Peoples’ Movement

1977-1979

From: Brotherhood to Nationhood

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Chapter seventeen of George Manuel’s biography covers his work in British Columbia in the late 1970s on Indian fishing rights. ; 17 $1.70 Add
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Passing the Torch

1982-1989

From: Brotherhood to Nationhood

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Chapter twenty of George Manuel’s biography examines the end of his life, the momentum he generated and his legacy. He was in a wheelchair the last years of his life, and he was finally … ; 5 $0.50 Add
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Non-violence, but not Passive Acceptance

From: The Reconciliation Manifesto

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Indigenous activist Arthur Manuel examines violence and Indigenous activism to outline an active non-violent approach that needs to be implemented to deal with government authorities. 6 $0.60 Add