Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, & Inuit Issues in Canada

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Portage & Main Press, Aug 2, 2016 - Social Science - 240 pages
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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.


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** spoiler alert ** Important book. Although Vowel argues passionately for her cause, she is overzealous in her support of the indigenous peoples of Canada. I do not say she is wrong...she is almost ... Read full review

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Beyond the politics, history, and mistreatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada, Chelsea Vowel shares another lesson that most authors don't dare to tell. Vowel doesn't attempt to water down or sugar coat Indigenous issues, she writes with amazing force that takes nuance and empathy to appreciate. This is an amazing read if you are ready to listen.
Every Canadian should read this.

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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 and makes legendary bannock.

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