5 Must-Read Books Written by Indigenous Women

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In this blog post, we’re sharing a roundup of 5 books written by Indigenous women. Scroll down to learn more:

Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts, Second Edition

By Margaret Kovach

Indigenous Methodologies is a groundbreaking text. Since its original publication in 2009, it has become the most trusted guide used in the study of Indigenous methodologies and has been adopted in university courses around the world. It provides a conceptual framework for implementing Indigenous methodologies and serves as a useful entry point for those wishing to learn more broadly about Indigenous research.

Margaret Kovach is a Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake

By Lianne C. Leddy

Serpent River Resurgence tells the story of how the Serpent River Anishinaabek confronted the persistent forces of settler colonialism and the effects of uranium mining at Elliot Lake, Ontario. Drawing on extensive archival sources, oral histories, and newspaper articles, Lianne C. Leddy examines the environmental and political power relationships that affected her homeland in the Cold War period.

Lianne C. Leddy is an associate professor of indigenous studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of Serpent River First Nation.

The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada

By Lisa Monchalin

Indigenous peoples are vastly overrepresented in the Canadian criminal justice system. The Canadian government has framed this disproportionate victimization and criminalization as being an “Indian problem. In The Colonial Problem, Lisa Monchalin challenges the myth of the “Indian problem” and encourages readers to view the crimes and injustices affecting Indigenous peoples from a more culturally aware position. 

Lisa Monchalin is Algonquin, Métis, Huron, and Scottish and teaches in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. She is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to hold a PhD in Criminology. Follow her on Twitter @lmonchalin.

Intimate Integration: A History of the Sixties Scoop and the Colonization of Indigenous Kinship

By Allyson Stevenson

Privileging Indigenous voices and experiences, Intimate Integration documents the rise and fall of North American transracial adoption projects, including the Adopt Indian and Métis Project and the Indian Adoption Project. Allyson D. Stevenson argues that the integration of adopted Indian and Métis children mirrored the new direction in post-war Indian policy and welfare services. She illustrates how the removal of Indigenous children from their families and communities took on increasing political and social urgency, contributing to what we now call the “Sixties Scoop.”

Allyson D. Stevenson is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina.

Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law

By Cheryl Suzack

In Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law, Cheryl Suzack explores Indigenous women’s writing in the post-civil rights period through close-reading analysis of major texts by Leslie Marmon Silko, Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, Louise Erdrich, and Winona LaDuke.

Cheryl Suzack is an associate professor of English and Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Batchewana First Nation.

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