Why this reading list?
Because it’s complicated and information is power.
Making Native Space by Cole Harris
- Written by a Canadian geographer, this book details the chaotic and baleful inception of the reserve system in BC. It’s exceedingly interesting, but also quite academic. However, everyone should read the very last chapter, “Towards a Postcolonial Land Policy”.
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People In North America by Thomas King
- A must read for anyone living in North America. Thomas King is hilarious and fantastically on-the-nose.
No Surrender: The Land Remains Indigenous by Sheldon Krasowski
- A detailed account of the negotiations that preceded the Numbered Treaties. This book was written in direct response to other accounts of these same events which portray Indigenous people as unintelligent savages who couldn’t understand the concept of land ownership. Krasowski challenges this notion with his own fact-based interpretations, which instead suggest that the Indigenous leaders were blatantly deceived. Sheldon explains it better than we do. We recommend it primarily because it does a great job of dismantling the stereotype that Indigenous communities are hindered by overly significant ‘cultural differences’.
Makúk – A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations by John Sutton Lutz
- A must read for EVERYBODY who does business or works with Indigenous people. A comprehensive argument concerning the true causes of unemployment and “welfare dependency” in Indigenous communities.
Written As I Remember It by Elsie Paul with Paige Raibmon and Harmony Johnson
- Tla’amin Elder Elsie Paul is Kaycee Mitchell’s grandmother. This book is in part transcribed from voice recordings of conversations with Elsie in which she discusses Tla’amin stories, legends and ideological teachings.
Grey Eyes by Frank Busch
- Ace isn’t recommending this just because it was written by an ABMer: Frank, who attends ABM with NationFUND. This book is an epic piece of fiction with an exclusively Indigenous cast of characters and a plot that has nothing to do with the legacy of colonial trauma. A must-read for anyone, but especially Indigenous youth.