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Books and ebooks about Canada's Indigenous peoples.

Robertson, David
Black Water

Canadian author David Robertson, son of a Cree father and non-Indigenous mother, goes with his father on a journey to his father's trapline in northeast Manitoba.

Peter, Ruby Sti'tum'atul'wut
What was said to me

This first-person oral history--the first of its kind ever published by the Royal BC Museum--documents a period of profound social change through the lens of Sti'tum'atul'wut--also known as Mrs. Ruby Peter--a Cowichan elder who made it her life?s work to share and safeguard the ancient language of her people: Hul'q'umi'num'.

McLeod, Darrel
Peyakow

Continuing his memoir in "Mamaskatch", Darrel J. McLeod describes the traumas of growing up in proverty, with abuse, and enduring the painful separation from his family and culture. With steely determination, he triumphs as a school teacher, a school principle, head of an Indigenous delegation to the UN in Geneva, and celebrated author.

McDiarmid, Jessica.
Highway of Tears

A searing and revelatory account of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Highway 16, and an indictment of the society that failed them.

Wilson-Raybould, Jody
From where I stand

An Indigenous leader who has dedicated her life to Indigenous Rights, Jody Wilson-Raybould has represented both First Nations and the Crown at the highest levels. And she is not afraid to give Canadians what they need most - straight talk on what has to be done to move beyond our colonial legacy and achieve true reconciliation in Canada.

Went, Jesse
Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance

A prominent Indigenous voice uncovers the lies and myths that affect relations between white and Indigenous peoples and the power of narrative to emphasize truth over comfort. Part memoir and part manifesto, Unreconciled is a stirring call to arms to put truth over the flawed concept of reconciliation, and to build a new, respectful relationship between the nation of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Toronto

A collection of narratives by and about Indigenous Toronto, past, present, and future.

Keetsahnak

This collection of stories gives voice to the Indigenous women who are missing or have been murdered

Realizing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Essays from Indigenous leaders, legal scholars and practitioners, state representatives, and representatives from NGOs, contributors discuss the creation of the Declaration and how it can be used to advance human rights internationally.

Dickason, Olive Patricia
A concise history of Canada's First Nations

Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines the techniques from history, anthropology, and archaeology, Dickason and Calder trace thehistory of the more than 50 First Nations in the territory that is now Canada, beginning with the arrival of people in North America across the Bering Strait many thousands of years ago.

Sellars, Bev
They called me number one

Shuswap Chief Bev Sellars recounts her residential school childhood at the St. Joseph's Mission at Williams Lake, British Columbia and the lasting effects her treatment there had on her later life.

Milloy, John Sheridan.
A national crime

Using previously unreleased government documents, historian John S. Milloy provides a full picture of the history and reality of the residential school system.

Metatawabin, Edmund
Up Ghost River

The autobiography of residential school survivor and former First Nations chief Edmund Metatawabin who was placed in the residential school St. Anne's in northern Ontario in the 1950's.

Mountain, Antoine
From Bear Rock Mountain

Antoine Mountain recalls growing up Dene in the Northwest Territories, the trauma of attending three different residential schools, becoming an activist in the Indian Brotherhood of the NWT, and his experience as a father and recovering from addiction.

Miller, J. R.
Shingwauk's vision

One of the first books on the residential schools in Canada and the physical and psychological abuses endured by First Nations children.

Fontaine, Theodore
Broken circle

The story of Theodore (Ted) Fontaine's experience in a residential school at the age of seven. He presents a unique understanding of why most residential school survivors have post-traumatic stress disorders and why succeeding generations of First Nations children suffer from this dark chapter in history.

Loyie, Larry
Residential schools

Includes the memories of more than 70 survivors of Canada's residential schools. Includes some history of the schools as well as maps and 125 photos.

Merasty, Joseph Auguste.
The education of Augie Merasty

The memoir of a native Canadian who endured terrible hardships as a child in a residential school

Canadian Geographic
Indigenous Canada

This atlas includes reference maps of Indigenous Canada, a section on Truth and Reconciliation, a glossary, and details on many aspects of the topic with contemporary and historical photography, maps, and a timeline.

Canadian Geographic
Métis

This atlas includes details on many aspects of Metis in Canada with contemporary and historical photography, maps, art and a timeline.

Canadian Geographic
Inuit

This atlas includes details on many aspects of Inuit in Canada with contemporary and historical photography, maps, art and a timeline.