Truth and Reconciliation Resource Recommendations for Indigenous History Month and Beyond
Jun 25, 2021
In this list, Allard Law faculty and staff share their recommendations for students and colleagues in the legal community on the themes of truth and reconciliation and Indigenous and Aboriginal law. The list includes reports, films, articles and books by authors including Allard Law Professors Gordon Christie, Robert YELḰÁTŦE Clifford and Johnny Mack.
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (2018)
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports
- Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015)
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015)
- Independent Assessment Process Oversight Committee Final Report (2021
Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission
- The Road Forward (2017), directed by Marie Clements
- Savage (2009), directed by Lisa Jackson
- We Were Children (2012), directed by Tim Wolochatiuk
- Indian Horse (2017), based on the novel by Richard Wagamese
- Stolen Children (2015) CBC - The National
- Canada's Dark Secret (2017) Al Jazeera English - Featured Documentaries
- Tortured People: The Politics of Colonization (2002) by Howard Adams
- Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (2002) by John Borrows
- Canada’s Indigenous Constitution (2011) by John Borrows
- Braiding Legal Orders: Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2019) by John Borrows, Larry Chartrand, Oonagh E. Fitzgerald and Risa Schwartz
- Otter’s Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law (2018) by Lindsay Keegitah Borrows
- Halfbreed (1973) by Maria Campbell
- The Unjust Society (1999) by Harold Cardinal
- Canadian Law and Indigenous Self‐Determination: A Naturalist Analysis (2019) by Gordon Christie
- States of Denial: Knowing about Atrocities and Suffering (2001) by Stanley Cohen
- Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (2014) by Glen Coulthard
- Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State (2018) by Andrew Crosby and Jeffrey Monaghan
- A Mind Spread Out on the Ground (2019) by Alicia Elliott
- Alicia Elliott’s opinion piece in the Washington Post speaks to Canada’s response to the 215 children found in the Kamloops Indian Residential School burial grounds.
- What it is to be a Métis: the stories and recollections of the elders of the Prince George Métis Elders Society (1999), by Mike Evans, Marcelle Gareau, Lisa Krebs, Leona Neilson and Heidi Standeven.
- The Secretaries of Riel (1985) by Donatien Fremont
- Five Little Indians (2020) by Michelle Good
- Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia (2003) by Cole Harris
- Indigenous Diplomacy and the Rights of Peoples: Achieving UN Recognition (2008) by James Youngblood (Sa'ke'j) Henderson
- 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality (2018) by Bob Joseph
- Peace and Good Order: The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada (2019) by Harold Johnson
- The Inconvenient Indian (2013) by Thomas King
- Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of betrayal (2017) by Kyra Ladner & Myra Tait, eds
- Birdie (2015) by Tracey Lindberg
- Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nehiyaw Legal Systems (2015) by Sylvia McAdam
- Brotherhood to Nationhood: George Manuel and the Making of the Modern Indian Movement (2020) by By Peter McFarlane and Doreen Manuel
- Truth and Conviction: Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi’kmaw Quest for Justice (2021) by L Jane McMillan
- Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call (2015) by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson
- The Reconciliation Manifesto Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy (2017) by By Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson
- The Fourth World: An Indian Reality (2018) by George Manuel and Michael Posluns
- My Conversations with Canadians (2017) by Lee Maracle
- The Colonizer and the Colonized (1991) by Albert Memmi
- A National Crime The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986 (1999) by John S. Milloy
- Thunder in my Soul: A Mohawk Woman Speaks (1995) by Patricia Monture-Angus
- Theft Is Property! Dispossession and Critical Theory (2019) by Robert Nichols
- Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction (2018) by Jim Reynolds
- Paying the Land (2020) by Joe Sacco
- Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival (2016) by Bev Sellers
- They Called me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School (2012) by Bev Sellars
- As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance (2021) by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
- Storying Violence: Unravelling Colonial Narratives in the Stanley Trial (2016) by Gina Starblanket & Dallas Hunt
- Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State (2018) by Tamara Starblanket
- My Name is Seepeetza (1992) by Shirley Sterling
- Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City (2017) by Tanya Talaga
- The North-West Is Our Mother: The Story of Louis Riel's People, the Métis Nation (2019) by Jean Teillet
- Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada (2016) by Chelsea Vowel
- The Right to Be Cold One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet (2016) by Sheila Watt-Cloutier
- Medicine Walk (2015) by Richard Wagamese
- Out of Concealment (2017) by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
- “Wampum at Niagara: The Royal Proclamation, Canadian Legal History, and Self-Government” by John Borrows in Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada (1997)
- “WSÁNEĆ (“The Emerging People”): Stories and the Re-Emergence of WSÁNEĆ Law” by Robert YELḰÁTŦE Clifford in Renewing Relationships: Indigenous Peoples and Canada (2019)
- “Decolonization is not a metaphor” by Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang in Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012.
- “Hoquotist: Reorienting Through Storied Practice” by Johnny Mack in Storied Communities (2011)
Teaching and Learning Resources
- First Nations 101 by Lynda Gray
- Truth and Reconciliation: My Action Plan by Sarah Robinson, Rainwatch Advising
This list was compiled from recommendations by Allard Law faculty and staff: Efrat Arbel, Associate Professor; Janine Benedet, Dean pro tem and Professor; Lindsay Cashin, Alumni Relations Manager; Paige MacKenzie, Assistant Dean, Development; Benjamin Perrin, Professor; Dr. Graham Reynolds, Associate Professor; Dr. Robert Russo, Lecturer; Lee Schmidt, Indigenous Legal Studies Associate Director; Jocelyn Stacey, Assistant Professor; James G. Stewart, Associate Professor; Kristen Thomasen, Acting Assistant Professor; Stepan Wood, Professor; Margot Young, Professor.
Future calls for submissions will be circulated to ensure this list is kept up to date.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line is open to all Indigenous Peoples across Canada, and offers 24-hour mental health counselling, via phone 1-855-242-3310 or chat Line.
Call 310-6789 (no area code needed) toll-free anywhere in BC to access emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health and substance use issues. Available 24 hours a day.
KUUS-US: The KUU-US Crisis Line Society operates a 24-hour provincial Aboriginal Crisis line for: adults, elders and youth https://www.kuu-uscrisisline.ca/
Adult/Elder Crisis Line: 250-723-4050
Child/Youth Crisis Line: 250-723-2040
BC Wide Toll Free: 1800-KUU-US17 (1-800-588-8717)
Métis Crisis Line BC Toll Free: 1833-MétisBC (1-833-638-4722)
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and to those dealing with intergenerational trauma. Call toll free: 1 800 721 0066.
Student Counselling Services
UBC Counselling Services - 604 822 3811
M–W & F: 8.30-4.30/Th: 10.30-4.30
Drop-in counselling, wellness advising and counselling appointments.
Indigenous students can access support via the Student Health and Wellbeing portal.
UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP) - 1 833 590 1328 (In North America), 1 604 757 9734 (Outside North America) UBC student community counselling service – immediate and short term counselling. Available 24/7.
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