Resurgence and Reconciliation

A selection of new and recent Canadian Indigenous-history books.

Compiled by Canada’s History

Posted February 20, 2020

In recent years, as Indigenous peoples and Canadians in general have been attempting to better understand their histories and relationships, dozens of new books have been published that explore aspects of the histories, stories, and experiences of First Nations, the Inuit, and the Métis people.

The books listed here were written and illustrated by historians, artists, and storytellers from around the country. Together they show some of the diversity of Indigenous experiences, as well as of approaches to reconciliation and Indigenous resurgence, while offering some of the lessons from people and the land that are available to all Canadians.

The list also includes a link to the articles from our special Treaties and the Treaty Relationship edition, which can be read online.

The North-West Is Our Mother

The Story of Louis Riel’s People, the Métis Nation
by Jean Teillet
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No Surrender

The Land Remains Indigenous
by Sheldon Krasowski, foreword by Winona Wheeler
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A Mohawk Memoir from the War of 1812

John Norton — Teyoninhokarawen
edited by Carl Benn
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Treaties and the Treaty Relationship

edited by Loretta Ross and Mark Collin Reid
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The Audacity of His Enterprise

Louis Riel and the Métis Nation That Canada Never Was, 1840–1875
by M. Max Hamon
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Distorted Descent

White Claims to Indigenous Identity
by Darryl Leroux
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Clearing the Plains, New Edition

Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Indigenous Life
by James Daschuk
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Native Roots of Modern Democracy
by Georges Sioui
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Law’s Indigenous Ethics

by John Borrows
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Invisible Generations

Living between Indigenous and White in the Fraser Valley
by Jean Barman
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Towards a New Ethnohistory

Community-Engaged Scholarship Among the People of the River
edited by Keith Thor Carlson, John Sutton Lutz, David M. Schaepe, and Naxaxalhts’i (Albert “Sonny” McHalsie)
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A Rush to Judgment

The Unfair Trial of Louis Riel
by Roger E. Salhany
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This Place: 150 Years Retold

A graphic novel anthology
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The Man Who Lived with a Giant

Stories from Johnny Neyelle, Dene Elder
edited by Alana Fletcher and Morris Neyelle
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An Ethnohistorian in Rupert’s Land

Unfinished Conversations
by Jennifer S. H. Brown
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From Bear Rock Mountain

The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor
by Antoine Mountain
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The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community’s Will to Heal
by Carolyn Parks Mintz
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Iroquois in the West

by Jean Barman
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Residential Schools and Reconciliation

Canada Confronts Its History
by J.R. Miller
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Talking Back to the Indian Act

Critical Readings in Settler Colonial Histories
by Mary-Ellen Kelm and Keith D. Smith
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Seven Fallen Feathers

Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
by Tanya Talaga
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21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act

Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality
by Bob Joseph
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Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

by Royal Canadian Geographical Society
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Rooster Town

The History of an Urban Métis Community, 1901–1961
by Evelyn Peters, Matthew Stock, and Adrian Werner
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The Great Law of Peace
by Kayanesenh Paul Williams
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Metis Pioneers

Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed
by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon
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Beau Dick

Revolutionary Spirit
by Darrin J. Martens
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Claiming the Land

British Columbia and the Making of a New Eldorado
by Daniel Marshall
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Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg

This is Our Territory
by Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams)
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Louis Riel

Let Justice Be Done
by David Doyle
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Travellers through Empire

Indigenous Voyages from Early Canada
by Cecelia Morgan
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Resurgence and Reconciliation

Indigenous-Settler Relations and Earth Teachings
edited by Michael Asch, John Borrows, and James Tully
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Indian Fishing

Early Methods on the Northwest Coast
by Hilary Stewart
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Medicine Unbundled

A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care
by Gary Geddes
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The Magnificent Nahanni

The Struggle to Protect a Wild Place
by Gordon Nelson, foreword by Harvey Locke
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The Right Relationship

Reimagining the Implementation of Historical Treaties
edited by John Borrows and Michael Coyle
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Thou Shalt Do No Murder

Inuit, Injustice, and the Canadian Arctic
by Kenn Harper
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Threads in the Sash

The Story of the Métis People
by Fred J. Shore
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Yakuglas’ Legacy

The Art and Times of Charlie James
by Ronald W. Hawker
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Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws

Yeri7 re Stsq’ey’s-kucw
by Marianne Ignace and Ronald E. Ignace
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Towards a Prairie Atonement

by Trevor Herriot
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Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History

by Arthur J. Ray
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Secret Path

by Gordon Downie and Jeff Lemire
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Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival

by Bev Sellars
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The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account Of Native People In North America

by Thomas King
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