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Reading List for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Figure 1 team is taking today off to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Figure 1 Publishing is located in the traditional, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We recognize that British Columbia and Canada were created through organized dispossession and colonial violence, and we commit to work responsibly and constructively with Indigenous authors and contributors to help create a vital present and future for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities living on these lands.

To read:

  1. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
  2. Miskwagoodé by Marie Annharte Baker 
  3. Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples by Dr. Gregory Younging
  4. Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, & Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel
  5. The Break by Katherine Vermette
  6. Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
  7. A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott
  8. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  9. Warrior Life: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence by Pamela Palmater
  10. Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket by Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson
  11. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  12. The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King
  13. Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga
  14. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph
  15. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  16. They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars 
  17. Fatty Legs: A True Story by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  18. Making Love with the Land by Joshua Whitehead
  19. Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance by Jesse Wente 
  20. Permanent Astonishment: Growing Up Cree in the Land of Snow and Sky by Tomson Highway
  21. tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine by Shane M. Chartrand

To watch:

  1. Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket
  2. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
  3. Reel Injun
  4. We Were Children
  5. 8th Fire
  6. For Love
  7. Highway of Tears
  8. Finding Dawn
  9. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
  10. Alanis Obomsawin
  11. Wildhood
  12. Haida Modern


For other titles, please see our Indigenous Art + Culture section that shares and celebrates the art, knowledge, stories, and languages of Indigenous communities.


Some other suggestions for today: 

  1. Make a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society 
  2. Sign up for a free course such as Indigenous Canada at the University of Alberta

September 30, 2022
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