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Indigenous Writes
A Guide to First Nations, Métis, & Inuit Issues in Canada
Delgamuukw. Sixties Scoop. Bill C-31. Blood quantum. Appropriation. Two-Spirit. Tsilhqot'in. Status. TRC. RCAP. FNPOA. Pass and permit. Numbered Treaties. Terra nullius. The Great Peace...Are you...
Delgamuukw. Sixties Scoop. Bill C-31. Blood quantum. Appropriation. Two-Spirit. Tsilhqot'in. Status. TRC. RCAP. FNPOA. Pass and permit. Numbered Treaties. Terra nullius. The Great Peace...Are you...
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  • Delgamuukw. Sixties Scoop. Bill C-31. Blood quantum. Appropriation. Two-Spirit. Tsilhqot'in. Status. TRC. RCAP. FNPOA. Pass and permit. Numbered Treaties. Terra nullius. The Great Peace...

    Are you familiar with the terms listed above? In Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel, legal scholar, teacher, and intellectual, opens an important dialogue about these (and more) concepts and the wider social beliefs associated with the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. In 31 essays, Chelsea explores the Indigenous experience from the time of contact to the present, through five categories—Terminology of Relationships; Culture and Identity; Myth-Busting; State Violence; and Land, Learning, Law, and Treaties. She answers the questions that many people have on these topics to spark further conversations at home, in the classroom, and in the larger community.

    Indigenous Writes is one title in The Debwe Series.

About the Author-

  • Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, residing in amiskwacîwâskihikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd, an LLB, and a MA, and is a Cree language instructor at the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, she and her co-host Molly Swain produce the Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, and co-founded the Métis in Space Land Trust. Chelsea blogs at apihtawikosisan.com and makes legendary bannock.

Table of Contents-

  • Contents

    kinanâskomitinâwâw/Acknowledgments

    Introduction: How to Read This Book

    Part 1. The Terminology of Relationships

  • Just Don't Call Us Late for Supper Names for Indigenous Peoples
  • Settling on a Name Names for Non-Indigenous Canadians
  • Part 2. Culture and Identity

  • Got Status? Indian Status in Canada
  • You're Métis? Which of Your Parents Is an Indian? Métis Identity
  • Feel the Inukness Inuit Identity
  • Hunter-Gatherers or Trapper-Harvesters? Why Some Terms Matter
  • Allowably Indigenous: To Ptarmigan or Not to Ptarmigan When Indigeneity Is Transgressive
  • Caught in the Crossfire of Blood-Quantum Reasoning Popular Notions of Indigenous Purity
  • What Is Cultural Appropriation? Respecting Cultural Boundaries
  • Check the Tag on That "Indian" Story How to Find Authentic Indigenous Stories
  • Icewine, Roquefort Cheese, and the Navajo Nation Indigenous Use of Intellectual Property Laws
  • All My Queer Relations Language, Culture, and Two-Spirit Identity
  • Part 3. Myth-Busting
  • The Myth of Progress
  • The Myth of the Level Playing Field
  • The Myth of Taxation
  • The Myth of Free Housing
  • The Myth of the Drunken Indian
  • The Myth of the Wandering Nomad
  • The Myth of Authenticity
  • Part 4. State Violence
  • Monster The Residential-School Legacy
  • Our Stolen Generations The Sixties and Millennial Scoops
  • Human Flagpoles Inuit Relocation
  • From Hunters to Farmers Indigenous Farming on the Prairies
  • Dirty Water, Dirty Secrets Drinking Water in First Nations Communities
  • No Justice, No Peace The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
  • Part 5. Land, Learning, Law, and Treaties
  • Rights? What Rights? Doctrines of Colonialism
  • Treaty Talk The Evolution of Treaty-Making in Canada
  • The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same Numbered Treaties and Modern Treaty-Making
  • Why Don't First Nations Just Leave the Reserve? Reserves Are Not the Problem
  • White Paper, What Paper? More Attempts to Assimilate Indigenous Peoples
  • Our Children, Our Schools Fighting for Control Over Indigenous Education

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  • Kirkus

    October 1, 2016
    A Canadian explores the many misconceptions about her countrys indigenous citizens. There are about 1.4 million aboriginal people in Canada, representing about 4 percent of its population. Although the country has an official policy of multiculturalism, these citizens still face discrimination, poverty, high unemployment, and stereotypes portraying them as lazy and unsuited to the modern world. In this book, Vowel, a lawyer and member of the Mtis Nation of Alberta, explores aboriginal issues from almost every conceivable angle, challenging myths that have become so rooted in the Canadian consciousness, they are taken as fact and rarely examined and suggesting alternatives to the policy failures of the past. So many of what are suggested today as solutions have been triednot only failing, but causing horrific damage along the way, she argues. The book is essentially a collection of essays about various indigenous-related topics, a polemical approach that can be somewhat dense and wonkish but is leavened by the authors caustic style and astute insights. For example, an adoption program for indigenous children that began in the 1960s, Vowel writes, picked up where residential schools left off, removing children from their homes, and producing cultural amputees. Among the widespread and pernicious myths that she addresses are that First Nations people dont pay taxes (most Indigenous peoples dont get tax exemptions) and are more prone to alcoholism. The author also brings alive the tragedy of the relocation of Inuit families in the 1950s and the killing of their sled dogs by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Inuit saw the slaughter as a way for authorities to force them to remain in permanent settlements, without the possibility of returning to their traditional way of life, she explains. Some readers may get lost in the policy details and legal nuances here, but Vowel makes a solid argument in this book. A convincing case for rejecting the prevailing policies of assimilation, control, intrusion and coercion regarding aboriginal people.

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