Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit issues in Canada

Category: Book
By (author): Vowel, Chelsea
Subject:  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
Publisher: Portage & Main Press
Published: September 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.99in
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From The Publisher*In Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel initiates myriad conversations about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. An advocate for Indigenous worldviews, the author discusses the fundamental issues-the terminology of relationships; culture and identity; myth-busting; state violence; and land, learning, law and treaties-along with wider social beliefs about these issues. 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.
From The Publisher*This anothology of Aboriginal writings from Manitoba takes readers back through the millenia and forward to the present day, painting a dynamic picture of territory interconnected through words, ideas, and experiences. A rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches, it features:
  • Historical writings, from important figures such as Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, and Chief Peguis, to newly discovered pieces from lesser known but compelling storytellers, such as Kuskpatchees.
  • Literary writing by eniment Aboriginal writers, such as Tomson Highway, Beatrice Mosionier, Duncan Mercredi, Rosanna Deerchild
  • Nonfiction and political writing from contemporary Aboriginal leaders such as Phil Fontaine, David Courchene, and Justice Murray Sinclair
  • Local storytellers and keepers of knowledge from far reaching Manitoba communities.
  • New, vibrant voices that express modern Aboriginal experiences.
  • Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene, Inuit, Metis, and Sioux writers from Manitoba
Review Quote*Chelsea Vowel presents a counternarrative to the foundational, historical, and living myths most Canadians grew up believing. She punctures the bloated tropes that have frozen Indigenous peoples in time, often to the vanishing point. Reading Indigenous Writes, you feel that you are having a conversation over coffee with a super-smart friend, someone who refuses to simplify, who chooses to amplify, who is unafraid to kick against the darkness. Branding Indigenous Writes as required reading would make it sound like literary All-Bran. It is not, and far from it. What this book really is, is medicine.
-Shelagh Rogers, O.C., Broadcast Journalist, TRC Honorary Witness
Biographical NoteChelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta where she and her family currently reside. She has a BEd and LLB and is mother to three girls, step-mother of two more. Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination and resurgence. She has worked directly with First Nations researching self-government, participating in constitutional drafting and engaging in specific land claim negotiation settlements and valuation of claims over a 200 year period. She is passionate about creating programs and materials that enable Indigenous languages to thrive, not merely survive. Most recently an educator in Québec, she developed and delivered programs to Inuit youth in a restorative justice program. She is a heavily cited and internationally respected commentator on Indigenous-State relations and dedicates much of her time to mentoring other young activists. Chelsea blogs at and makes legendary bannock.