Recognizing National Indigenous History Month

This National Indigenous History Month, University of Toronto Press shares some Free to Read articles from UTP journals and some books published in Indigenous Studies.


In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, explore a collection of Free to Read articles in Indigenous studies from UTP journals across disciplines, including a reflection from Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on Dionne Brand’s A Map to the Door of No Return from the perspective of her Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg homeland; an interview with Inuvialuit, Cree, Dene theatre-maker Reneltta Arluk; new research on anti-Indigenous racism and colonialism in the legal academy; and more. These articles are available Free to Read until the end of June, 2024:

“Our Hearts and Brains Are Like Paper, We Never Forget”: Indigenous Petitioning and the World Wars
Timothy Clarke
Canadian Historical Review 104.1, 2023

Pinery Road and Concession 11
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
TOPIA 46, 2023

What Do You Call an Indigenous Woman with a PhD in Law? Resisting the Subjugation of Indigenous Expertise in Legal Spheres
Danielle Lussier
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 34.1, 2022

The Inuit’s Offer to Canada’s Black Governor General: Food, Power, and the Deconstruction of Lévi-Strauss’ “Culinary Triangle”
Michael A. Robidoux, Aida Stratas
International Journal of Canadian Studies 60, 2022

Space for Multiple Voices: An Interview with Director Reneltta Arluk
Charlie Peters
Theatre Research in Canada 43.2, 2022


Muiwlanej kikamaqki “Honouring Our Ancestors”: Mi’kmaq Who Left a Mark on the History of the Northeast, 1680 to 1980

Edited by Janet E. Chute
Foreword by Donald M. Julien

Drawing upon oral and documentary evidence, this volume explores the lives of noteworthy Mi’kmaw individuals whose thoughts, actions, and aspirations impacted the history of the Northeast but whose activities were too often relegated to the shadows of history. Offering important new insights, the book re-centres Indigenous nationhood to alter the way we understand the field itself.

It’s All about the Land: Collected Talks and Interviews on Indigenous Resurgence

By Taiaiake Alfred
Edited by Ann Rogers
Foreword by Pamela Palmater

Illuminating the First Nations struggles against the Canadian state, It’s All about the Land exposes how racism underpins and shapes Indigenous-settler relationships. Renowned Kahnawà:ke Mohawk activist and scholar Taiaiake Alfred explains how the Canadian government’s reconciliation agenda is a new form of colonization that is guaranteed to fail.

“We Are in Charge Here”: Inuit Self-Government and the Nunatsiavut Assembly

By Graham White

Powerful, innovative Indigenous self-governance regimes are increasingly important players in Canadian politics, but little academic work has been done on their structure, operation, and effectiveness. “We Are In Charge Here” examines the central institution of the most populous Indigenous self-governance regime in Canada, the elected Assembly of the Nunatsiavut Government.

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.

Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts Its History

By J.R. Miller

In Residential Schools and Reconciliation, award-winning author J.R. Miller tackles and explains institutional responses to Canada’s residential school legacy. Analysing archival material and interviews with former students, politicians, bureaucrats, church officials, and the Chief Commissioner of the TRC, Miller reveals a major obstacle to achieving reconciliation – the inability of Canadians at large to overcome their flawed, overly positive understanding of their country’s history.

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