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Indigenous Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back
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Indigenous Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back

A critical exploration of Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada

By Tracy Bear and Paul L. Gareau

This book will be available 1st March 2022. We welcome you to place a pre-order.
$27.95 Paperback

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Breaking with the dated, colonial pedagogy and perspectives embedded in most Canadian history books, this book engages with Indigenous perspectives and worldviews to present an Indigenous account of the complex relationship Indigenous peoples have with Canada — now and in the past.

Readers will re-learn Canadian history as contemporary and past relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada are examined. Chapters on the history of the fur trade, political systems and legal issues, activism and environment help Canadians gain better understanding of their past and present.

This book is made up of the print course materials accompanying the popular Indigenous Canada course offered by the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, as well as the course’s glossary terms. The course was developed incorporating the input of authors, artists, elders and knowledge-keepers across Canada.

The text is accompanied by works of art by First Nations artists Leah Dorion and Brenda Morency, along with many historical photos draw from archives across Canada.

This course material is also available for free download from the Indigenous Studies course website, and the course itself is available in the form of video lectures at no cost from the University of Alberta’s website. Course enrolment is continuing, and exceeds 400,000.

TRACY BEAR is a Nehiyawiskwew (Cree woman) and member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan. She is currently the director of the Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI) at McMaster University. She was the director of the Indigenous Women & Youth Resilience Project at the University of Alberta and the academic lead on the Indigenous Canada massive open online course.

An accomplished academic, Bear has made significant contributions to Indigenous scholarship and the national Indigenous education landscape. Her current research includes social justice, prison abolition, body sovereignty, sexuality and gender, contemporary Indigenous art, and Indigenous literature.

DR. PAUL GAREAU is a Métis citizen from Bellevue near Batoche, Saskatchewan. He is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and the academic lead for the Indigenous Canada massive open online course. His research and teaching centres on theory and methodology around religion and relationality, gender, Indigenous epistemologies, land and place, and sovereignty/peoplehood.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 224 pages
Publication Date: 1st March 2022
ISBN: 9781459416925
Format: 9.75in x 6.75in
110+ illustrations, maps and colour and b&w photos

BIC Code: JFSL9
BISAC Code:  HIS006000, HIS028000, SOC020000, SOC021000, SOC062000
Imprint: Lorimer


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