As agreed at the LUUC Social Action Committee meeting of Aug. 10. 2014, here is a list of books (and other resources, see below) one can read to learn more about the history of Turtle Island (what we settlers call North America), its original inhabitants, the successive waves of European settlement, etc.
I have not read all of these books, but a lot of them are considered classics and have been highly recommended.
I will add stuff to this list when I have time (the dates will be indicated). There are modifications. I put them in red.
Internet Audio-Visual Presentation (with PDF transcripts of the audio) – multilingual/multilingue
- First Peoples in Canada, by Alan D. McMillan and Eldon Yellowhorn ©2004 Douglas &Mcintyre ISBN 13: 978-1-55365-053-9
- The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, by Thomas King© Aug. 13 2013 Anchor Canada ISBN-13: 978-0385664226
- Stolen From Our Embrace, by Suzanne Fournier © June 1, 1998 Douglas & Mcintyre ISBN-13: 978-1550546613
- A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986, by John S. Milloy © May 17, 1999 University of Manitoba Press ISBN-13: 978-0887556463
- Kill the Indian, Save the Man: The Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools, by Ward Churchill © Nov. 1 2004 City Lights Publishers ISBN-13: 978-0872864344
- The Winona LaDuke Reader – A Collection of Essential Writings © Oct. 15 2002 Theytus Books ISBN-13: 978-1894778077
- Struggle for the Land: Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide, and Colonization, by Ward Churchill (Author), Winona LaDuke (Introduction) © Sept. 1 2002 City Lights Publishers ISBN-13: 978-0872864146
- Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto by Taiaiake Alfred © Aug. 22, 2008 Oxford University Press; ISBN-13: 978-0195430516
- Broken Circle: The dark legacy of Indian Residential Schools, by Theodore Fontaine © Sept. 1, 2010 Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-1926613666
- First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America, by David J. Meltzer © Nov. 30, 2010 University of California Press ISBN-13: 978-0520267992
You can check here if a specific library has a book you want http://www.worldcat.org/
- Histoire générale du Canada, sous la direction de Craig Brown, édition française dirigée par Paul-André Linteau © 15 août 1990 Boréal ISBN-13: 978-2890523432 (pas vu d’édition plus récente)
- Histoire du Québec contemporain (en deux tomes), Paul-André Linteau, René Durocher, Jean-Claude Robert, François Ricard; nouv. éd. refondue et mise à jour © 1erseptembre 1989 Boréal; tome 1 : ISBN-13: 978-2890522978; tome 2 : ISBN-13: 978-2890522985
- Premières nations du Canada (Les), par Olive Patricia Dickason, © 19 février 1996 Septentrion ISBN-13: 978-2894480526
There are so many (39) excellent NFB films on First Nations https://www.nfb.ca/subjects/aboriginal-peoples-in-canada/ that it is difficult to choose. Many can be downloaded directly on one’s computer. I will recommend 3 in particular: Attawapiskat; We Were Children; The Invisible Nation
There is also this one you can watch for free on Vimeo: The Abenaki: People of the Dawn (no password required)
The dramatic story of Joe Obomsawin and the Abenaki First Nation.
http://vimeo.com/58408388 (added September 13, 2014).
Chelsea Vowel http://apihtawikosisan.com/
Dr. Lynn Gehl http://www.lynngehl.com/ and http://www.lynngehl.com/black-face-blogging Black Face Blogging
Dr. Pam Palmater http://indigenousnationhood.blogspot.ca/
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) http://aptn.ca/
- Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1996)
Idle No More
I am settler, I live in a colony (Míle Gaiscíoch)
Scholars (besides those already named)
Norval Morisseau http://www.norvalmorrisseau.com/
Aaron Paquette http://www.aaronpaquette.net/
There are many others!
Cape Breton University http://www.cbu.ca/unamaki/faculty
Concordia University http://artsandscience.concordia.ca/programs/interdisciplinarystudies/electivegroups/nativestudies/
First Nations University http://www.fnuniv.ca/
Institut d’études internationales de Montréal (UQAM) http://www.ieim.uqam.ca/spip.php?mot100
St. Thomas University http://w3.stu.ca/stu/academic/departments/native_studies/default.aspx
Trent University http://www.trentu.ca/academic/nativestudies/welcomeB.htm
Université de Montréal http://anthropo.umontreal.ca/departement/nouvelles/une-nouvelle/news/ludem-se-lance-dans-les-etudes-autochtones-11969/
Université Laval http://www2.ulaval.ca/Chercher/google.html?cx=009405401152640571181%3Aw4fk0843-vk&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&as_sitesearch=ulaval.ca&q=%C3%A9tudes+autochtones&sa=Chercher&siteurl=%2Fchercher.html
Online Free Courses
Coursera, Aboriginal Worldviews and Education, OISE, University of Toronto, course given by Dr. Jean-Paul-Restoule, Ph.D., (Anishinaabe), 2013 https://www.coursera.org/course/aboriginaled I have taken this class, I have copies of the video lectures and materials, I could make copies for people who are interested (on a DVD).
- Dancing On Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence, by Leanne Simpson © April 15 2011 Arbeiter Ring Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1894037501
- Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States, by Audra Simpson © May 9 2014 Duke University Press ISBN-13: 978-0822356554
- An Illustrated History of Canada’s Native People: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began, by Arthur J. Ray © Aug. 18 2011 McGill-Queen’s University Press; 3rd Revised edition edition ISBN-13: 978-0773539709
The Doctrine of Discovery
I would like to thank Susan Czarnocki for mentioning one very important point if one wants to understand the whole issue of First Nations (and colonialism, if I may add), that is, the Doctrine of Discovery. (Added September 5, 2014).
What is it? Basically, « [p]apal Bulls of the 15th century gave Christian explorers the right to claim lands they ‘discovered’ and lay claim to those lands for their Christian Monarchs. Any land that was not inhabited by Christians was available to be « discovered », claimed, and exploited. If the « pagan » inhabitants could be converted, they might be spared. If not, they could be enslaved or killed ».
Ms. Czarnocki also suggested this:
Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies
Robert J. Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt, and Tracey Lindberg
Print publication date: 2010
« Contemporary Canadian Resonance of an Imperial Doctrine »
Chapter: 5 Contemporary Canadian Resonance of an Imperial Doctrine (p.126)
Source: Discovering Indigenous Lands
Author(s):Robert J Miller Jacinta Ruru Larissa Behrendt Tracey Lindberg
Publisher:Oxford University Press [Miller, Ruru, Behrendt and Lindberg 2010 p.129]
Here is the material I found on the Doctrine of Discovery (I may add later): the UUA.org has some, but the Committee finds the workshops are not exactly adapted to the Canadian viewpoint. For the sake of completeness, they are here.