21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act (Bob Joseph)
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph is useful for anyone interested in learning about the history and rights of Indigenous peoples and the legislation pertaining to them. The Indian Act was created in 1876 and has later gone through many revisions. Since its creation, it is used to shape, control, and constrain the lives of Indigenous.
Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing by and About Indigenous Peoples (Gregory Younging)
Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing by and About Indigenous Peoples by Gregory Younging contains 22 style principles useful for writing by and about Indigenous peoples. It is also useful in providing advice about publishing, terminology, and best practices when dealing with Indigenous writing.
Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips and Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality (Bob Joseph)
Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips and Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality by Bob Joseph offers an eight-part process to teach businesses, government, and individuals how to work more effectively with Indigenous peoples by understanding and respecting cultural differences.
Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Issues in Canada (Chelsea Vowel)
Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel writes about the fundamental issues pertaining to Indigenous Peoples across Canada and includes topics on relationships, culture, identity, myth-busting, state-violence, and more. Her section on Myth-Busting is particularly useful in debunking widespread myths about Indigenous peoples by providing factual evidence in opposition of it.
The Inconvenient Indian (Thomas King)
The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King is a thoughtful and critical book that traces back to the first interactions between Indigenous peoples and European settlers. Using a blend of historical and pop culture stories, King describes what it’s like to be an Indian in North America.
Documentaries & Film
We Were Children
We Were Children is the 2012 documentary currently on Amazon Prime which tells the story of two Indigenous children who experienced years of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse while attending Residential Schools.
Colonization Road is the documentary on CBC Gems by Anishinabe comedian, Ryan McMahon, who discusses the effects of the Public Land Act of 1853.
Survivors Of The Red Brick School (Documentary)
“Survivors of the Red Brick School” is a documentary produced by the Osoyoos Indian Band and Survivor Virginia Baptiste about St. Eugene’s Residential School before its reconstruction.
Slash by Jeanette Armstrong is her debut novel and traces the struggles and pain of an Okanagan man dealing with racism and alienation in his community.
Write It On Your Heart (Book)
Write It On Your Heart by Harry Robinson tells the stories of Coyote, Fox, and Owl in English in order to keep the stories alive. It reflects the profound cultural changes that occurred over Robinson’s lifetime.
Kou-Skelowh: We Are the People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends (Book)
Kou-Skelowh: We Are the People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends is a children’s book that tells three Syilx creation stories in both English and the nsyilxcən language.