44 Indigenous Studies

Restoring Indigenous Self-Determination: Theoretical and Practical Approaches

This Indigenous Studies text has been positively-reviewed and has been successfully adopted by other faculty. It covers concepts in Indigenous Self-Determination, from definitions to the UN declaration on Tibet.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, and summaries.

May suit: INDIGST 1AA3 and ARTSCI 1CC3.

Healing and Reconciliation Through Education

This open educational resource is focused on teaching the history of the colonial legacy of Residential Schools, with an emphasis on exploring the unique history of the Shingwauk Residential School which operated in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. This project builds upon decades of archival research and data collection, including the recording of oral histories, under the SRSC’s mandate of ‘sharing, healing, and learning.’ ‘Realizing Healing and Reconciliation through Education’ is designed to increase the capacity of the SRSC to educate local, regional, and national audience about the history of Residential Schools. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report cited healing, reconciliation, and restoring the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians as a critical priority for all Canadians.

Includes: Videos.

May suit: INDIGST 2F03.

Histories of Indigenous Peoples and Canada

The textbook introduces some of the practices and challenges of Indigenous history, focusing on the nature and quality of sources, innovative historical methodologies, and the leading historiographical trends. It turns, then, to histories of Indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere before ca. 1500. The twelve chapters that follow are arranged under three headings: Commerce and Allies, Engaging Colonialism, and Culture Crisis Change Challenge. And there is a thirteenth chapter that brings us deep enough into the twenty-first century to allow a visit with two of the most important recent developments in Canadian civic life: Idle No More and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

May suit: INDIGST 2B03/2F03/3N03.

Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing

Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing is a celebration of the diversity of ways in which humans can relate to the world around them, and an invitation to its readers to partake in planetary coexistence. Innovative, informative, and highly accessible, this interdisciplinary anthology of essays brings together scholars, writers and educators across the sciences and humanities, in a collaborative effort to illuminate the different ways of being in the world and the different kinds of knowledge they entail – from the ecological knowledge of Indigenous communities, to the scientific knowledge of a biologist and the embodied knowledge communicated through storytelling.

May suit: INDIGST 2MM3.

Economic Aspects of the Indigenous Experience in Canada, 2nd Edition

This text explores the economic history and economic potential of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It discusses which institutional arrangements hold them back economically and which institutions assist them going forward and considers which norms Indigenous communities hold that inform their priorities and economic behaviour.

Includes: Suggested in-chapter activities.

May suit: INDIGST 2B03/2C03.

Our Stories: First Peoples in Canada

Led by a diverse team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous creators, Our Stories: First Peoples in Canada is a unique multi-media resource developed with Indigenous peoples from across Canada. Eliciting an unsettling of Western authority, this free eTextbook encourages recognition that moves beyond a colonial lens. The materials present a balance of historical and contemporary materials that value Indigenous perspectives.

Includes: Videos, podcasts, and interactive tools.

May suit: INDIGST 1AA3/1B03/2B03/2C03/2F03.

Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science

Knowing Home attempts to capture the creative vision of Indigenous scientific knowledge and technology that is derived from an ecology of a home place. The traditional wisdom component of Indigenous Science—the values and ways of decision-making—assists humans in their relationship with each other, the land and water, and all of creation. Indigenous perspectives have the potential to give insight and guidance to the kind of environmental ethics and deep understanding that we must gain as we attempt to solve the increasingly complex problems of the 21st century.

Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science, Book 1

Book 1 provides an overview of why traditional knowledge and wisdom should be included in the science curriculum, a window into the science and technologies of the Indigenous peoples who live in Northwestern North America, Indigenous worldview, culturally responsive teaching strategies and curriculum models, and evaluative techniques.

Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science, Book 2

Book 2 provides a window into the vast storehouse of innovations and technologies of the Indigenous peoples who live in Northwestern North America.

Includes: Discussion points.

May suit: INDIGST 1AA3/2BB3.

Historical and Contemporary Realities: Movement Towards Reconciliation

The idea behind the creation of this open textbook is twofold. First, it is written as a resource for educators to teach students about the Indigenous historical significance of the lands encompassing the Robinson-Huron Treaty area and more specifically the Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin area. Secondly, through the use of interactive mapping strategies, the textbook will serve as a guide for educators to develop a similar resource to document Indigenous stories from their own areas. This open textbook is designed to be used at an introductory level to teach about social welfare issues within the Honours Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work program situated in the School of Indigenous Relations at Laurentian University. The material contained within this open textbook is broad enough that it can be used in other disciplines – sociology, education, law and justice, architecture, etc.

Includes: Learning activities, and expanding your knowledge resources (videos, websites, etc.).

May suit: INDIGST 1B03.

Indigenous Information Literacy

This book outlines best principles for working with Indigenous print and oral sources in academic research. Topics include evaluating Indigenous print sources for credibility and authenticity, finding Indigenous authors, and respectfully working with Elders.

Includes: Exercises, and examples.
May suit: INDIGST 1A03/2M03.

Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare

This open access, online resource consists of 38 short chapters from a variety of experts, academics, and practitioners in northern and Indigenous health and health care from around the Circumpolar North on the following themes: health issues in northern and Indigenous communities; health systems and governance; the social determinants of health in northern and Indigenous communities; culture and health; and professional practice in rural/remote/isolated communities.

Includes: Review questions.

May suit: HTHSCI 3AH3, ANTHROP 3Y03, HTHAGE 3YY3/4R03 and INDIGST 4HH3.

Financial Empowerment: Personal Finance for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People

Financial Empowerment is designed for a single-semester introduction to financial planning and decision-making, in order to provide first and second-year students with the necessary financial literacy and skills needed to make sound financial decisions, assess financial risk, and achieve financial success. This textbook attempts to speak to the varied backgrounds, knowledge systems, and experiences of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians by providing Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives on personal finance and financial planning using examples and information from Elders, the Canadian financial system, and the economy.

Includes: Key takeaways, exercises, and video interviews.

May suit: INDIGST 1AA3 and COMMERCE 2FA3.

Cree: Language of the Plains / nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin

What usually goes into a language’s grammar? What is available to the teachers who are educating children about the Cree language? What is known about the Cree language in terms of its grammatical structure and how it is applied? How can all the material be made available to the educators? What is needed? These are questions that went through author, Jean L. Okimasis’ mind when decideding to reorganize and elaborate on the material presented in the first edition of Cree: Language of the Plains/nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin.

Includes: Examples.

May suit: INDIGST 3D03.


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