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Reconciliation, treaties and Indigenous history in Canada: A reading list

What can we read to better understand the impact of treaties and their role in Indigenous history in this country? Our live panel's list.

April 26, 2017 we hosted a live, interactive roundtable on treaties, reconciliation and Indigenous history in Canada, featuring Indigenous community leaders, educators and advocates. We had a lively conversation with our panel, who answered some of your smart questions.

One viewer asked for a reading list that can help us better educate ourselves about treaties. Cynthia Esquimaux listed a few (her long list of recommendations is below). Post-broadcast we reached out to the rest of the panel to get their reading recommendations.

Scroll down for the reading list: 

Ry Moran

Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)

Duncan McCue 

Host of Cross Country Checkup on CBC Radio

Eldon Yellowhorn

Archeologist, Chair of First Nations Studies, Simon Fraser University

Cynthia Wesley-Eskuimaux

Indigenous Chair on Truth and Reconciliation, Lakehead University

Angus, Charlie (2015) Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream, University of Regina Press.

Barreiro, Jose (2010) Thinking in Indian: A John Mohawk Reader, Fulcrum Press, Colorado.

Belanger, Yale (ed.) (2014) Ways of Knowing: An Introduction to Native Studies in Canada, Nelson Education Limited

Bussidor, Ila and Ustun Bilgen-Reinhart (1997) Night Spirits: the Story of the Relocation of the Sayisi Dene, University of Manitoba Press: Manitoba.

Cardinal, Harold (1969/1999) The Unjust Society, The Red Paper, Douglas & McIntyre, University of Washington Press: USA.

Coates, Ken (2015) #IDLENOMORE: And the Remaking of Canada, University of Regina Press.

Daschuk, James (2014) Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the loss of Aboriginal Life, University of Regina Press.

Deloria, Vine Jr. (2006) The World We Used to Live In: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden Colorado.

Dennis, Darrell (2014) Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies and Indians, Douglas & McIntyre

Dickason, Oliva P. (2006) A Concise History of Canada's First Nations, Oxford University Press: Canada.

Fiddler, Thomas and James R. Stevens (2003) Killing of the Shaman, Penumbra Press: Canada.

Friesen, Joe (2016) The Ballad of Danny Wolfe: Life of a Modern Outlaw, Signal Publications.

Gallagher, Bill (2012) Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada's Rod to Resources, Bill Gallagher Publishing.

Helin, Calvin (2006) Dances with Dependency: Indigenous Success through Self-Reliance. Orca Spirit Publishing: Vancouver.

Highway, Tomson (1998) Kiss of the Fur Queen, Double Day: Canada.

Hollow Water (Video) (2000) The Story of Hollow Water: When an Individual confronts the spectre of abuse, we consider it an act of courage.  When an entire community attempts the same thing, we call it a miracle, National Film Board.

Hughes, Lotte 1st and 2nd editions (2003 & 2012) the NO-NONSENSE guide to Indigenous Peoples, New International Publications: Canada.

Jiles, Paulette (1996) North Spirit: Travels Among the Cree and Ojibway Nations and Their Star Maps, Doubleday: Canada.

Kaefer, Florence and Edward Gamblin (2014) Back to the Red Road: A Story of Survival, Redemption and Love, Caitlin Press.

Kimmerer, Robin Wall (2013) Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of the Plains, Milkweed Editions

Kinew, Wab (2015) The Reason You Walk, Penguin Books

King, Thomas (2013) The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, Anchor Canada; Nineth edition (Aug. 13 2013).

King, Thomas (2005) The Truth About Stories, Massey Lecture Series, Dead Dog Café Productions, Inc.

Kino-nda-niimi-Collective (2014) The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement, Arp Books: Winnipeg

LaDuke, Winona (2002) The Winona LaDuke Reader: A Collection of Essential Writings, Theytus Books

Lear, J. (2006) Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation, Cambridge Press: Massachusetts.

Mails, Thomas E. (1979) Fools Crow, University of Nebraska Press

Mann, Charles C. (2006) 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus, Vintage Books: New York.

Manual, Arthur (2015) Unsettling Canada, Between the Lines Publishing.

McMillan, Alan D. and Eldon Yellowhorn (2009) First Peoples in Canada, D & M Publishers

Merasty, Joseph Auguste (2015) The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, University of Regina Press

Miller, J.R. (2000) Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada, 3rd Edition, University of Toronto Press: Canada.

Miller, J.R. (2006) Shingwauk's Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools, University of Toronto Press: Toronto.

Mohawk, John (2010) Thinking in Indian: A John Mohawk Reader, Fulcrum Publishing (October 19, 2010)

Mohawk, John C. (2000) Utopian Legacies: A History of Conquest and Oppression in the Western World, Clear Light Publishers: New Mexico.

Niezen, Ronald (2013) Truth & Indignation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, University of Toronto Press.

Peacock, Thomas and Marlene Wisuri (2006) The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom, Minnesota Historical Press.

Peacock, Thomas and Marlene Wisuri (2002) Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look in all

Directions, Afton Historical Society Press: Minnesota.

Phare, Merrell-Ann (2009) Denying the Source: The Crisis of First Nations Water Rights, RMB: Victoria, B.C.

Porter, Tom (2008) And Grandma Said...Iroquois Teachings, as passed down through the oral tradition, Xlibris Corporation: United States.

Razack, Sherene (2015) Dying From Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody, University of Toronto Press.

Reber, Susanne and Robert Renaud (2006) Starlight Tour: The Last Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild, Vintage Canada.

Ross, Rupert (2014) Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths, Penguin Canada.

Ross, Rupert (2006) Dancing with a Ghost: Exploring Indian Reality, Penguin Canada

Ross, Rupert (2006) Return to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice, Penguin Canada.

Sandford, Robert William and Merrell-Ann Phare (2011) Ethical Water: Learning to Value what Matters Most, RMB, Victoria, Canada.

Saul, John Ralston (2014) The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power And Influence, Viking; First Edition (Oct. 28 2014)

Sinclair, Raven, Michael A. Hart and Gord Bruyere (2009) Wicihitowin: Aboriginal Social Work in Canada, Fernwood Publishing: Winnipeg.

Spielmann, Roger (2009) Anishnaabe World: A Survival Guide for Building Bridges between Canada and First Nations, Your Scrivener Press: Sudbury.  

ISBN: 978-1-896350-37-0

Tatz, Colin (2003) With Intent to Destroy: Reflecting on Genocide, Verson: New York.

Vowel, Chelsea (2016) Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Metis and Inuit Issues in Canada, Highwater Press.

Wadden, Marie (2008) Where the Pavement Ends: Canada's Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the urgent need for reconciliation, Douglas & McIntyre Limited: British Columbia.

Wagamese, Richard (1994) Keeper'n Me, Anchor Canada

Wagamese, Richard (2002) for Joshua: An Ojibway Father Teaches his Son, Pengin Random House and Anchor Canada

Wagamese, Richard (2006) Dream Wheels, Anchor Canada

Wagamese, Richard (2008) One Native Life, Douglas & McIntyre

Waldram, James B. (2004) Revenge of the Windigo: The Construction of the Mind and Mental Health of North American Peoples, University of Toronto Press: Canada.

Waldrum, James B. (1997) The Way of the Pipe: Aboriginal Spirituality and Symbolic Healing in Canadian Prisons, Broadview Press: Ontario.

Weatherford, Jack (1988) Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, Crown/Archetype.

Wesley-Esquimaux, Cynthia and Magdalena Smolewski (2004) Historic Trauma and Aboriginal Healing, Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Ottawa.

Wesley-Esquimaux, Cynthia, Ronan MacParland and David Berkal (2009) "Shielded Minds" a video documentary of an eight-day journey across the Canadian Shield with twenty Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth to explore identity, truth and reconciliation, and to discover the Aboriginal truth and reality that Canadian have been shielded from in their education.  

Wesley-Esquimaux, Cynthia, Ronan MacParland and David Berkal (2010) "Journey to Oz" a video documentary of a nine-day visit to the Mishkeegogamang First Nation in Northern Ontario, Nishnaabe-Aski Nation Territory, with 12 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth to explore "what is right about this community" in the face of negative media representation.

Wheatley, Margaret J. (2006) Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: San Francisco.

Widdowson, Frances and Albert Howard (2008) Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation, McGill-Queen's University Press: Kingston.  (Please get this one from the library we are NOT supportive of purchasing this text and endorsing racism).

Wiebe, Rudy and Yvonne Johnson (1998) Stolen Life: Journey of a Cree Woman, Alfred A. Knopf: Canada.

Williamson, Pamela and John Roberts (2004) First Nations Peoples, 2nd Edition, Emond Montgomery Publications Limited: Toronto.