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Warrior Life

Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence


In a moment where unlawful pipelines are built on Indigenous territories, the RCMP make illegal arrests of land defenders on unceded lands, and anti-Indigenous racism permeates on social media; the government lie that is reconciliation is exposed. Renowned lawyer, author, speaker and activist, Pamela Palmater returns to wade through media headlines and government propaganda and get to heart of key issues lost in the noise.

Warrior Life: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence is the second collection of writings by Palmater. In keeping with her previous works, numerous op-eds, media commentaries, YouTube channel videos and podcasts, Palmater’s work is fiercely anti-colonial, anti-racist, and more crucial than ever before.

Palmater addresses a range of Indigenous issues — empty political promises, ongoing racism, sexualized genocide, government lawlessness, and the lie that is reconciliation — and makes the complex political and legal implications accessible to the public.

From one of the most important, inspiring and fearless voices in Indigenous rights, decolonization, Canadian politics, social justice, earth justice and beyond, Warrior Life is an unflinching critique of the colonial project that is Canada and a rallying cry for Indigenous peoples and allies alike to forge a path toward a decolonial future through resistance and resurgence.


Pamela Palmater

Pamela Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. She is the author of Indigenous Nationhood and Beyond Blood.

Chapter Title Abstract Contributors Pages Year Price


In the Foreword, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair breaks down the differences between the English meaning of a warrior and in Anishinaabemowin, and examines the implications of those differences for … 3 $0.30


The Introduction of Warrior Life succinctly articulates the damage done to First Nations peoples in Canada through the process of colonization by the Canadian government, and outlines how that … 6 $0.60


Section one, Politics and Promises, is a collection of writings in response to and in critique of headlines about political events related to Indigenous peoples in Canada, including some … 45 $4.50


Section two, Racism Kills, responds to headlines about the high costs of racism in terms of Indigenous lives through collected articles and blog posts by Palmater. She covers topics related to … 50 $5.00


Section three, Sexualized Genocide, contains Palmater’s articles and blog posts in response to headlines about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, including how resource … 54 $5.40


Section four, Canada is an Outlaw, is a collection of articles and blog posts by Palmater in response to headlines about how Bill C-92 fails to protect Indigenous child welfare, lack of … 52 $5.20


Section five, Reconciliation is a Lie, 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


In the Conclusion, Power of the People, Palmater reinforces her message of the importance of collective Indigenous resistance to resolve oppression, social injustice and genocide against … 7 $0.70