Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit issues in Canada

byChelsea Vowel

Kobo ebook | January 10, 2017

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In Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel initiates myriad conversations about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. An advocate for Indigenous worldviews, the author discusses the fundamental issues—the terminology of relationships; culture and identity; myth-busting; state violence; and land, learning, law and treaties—along with wider social beliefs about these issues. She answers the questions that many people have on these topics to spark further conversations at home, in the classroom, and in the larger community.

Title:Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit issues in CanadaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Portage & Main PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1553796896

ISBN - 13:9781553796893

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Engaging Essential Read for Canadians This is such a great book because it outlines the issues that Indigenous people of Canada face is a fairly simple and straightforward way. It isn't a dry read at all, and feels like you're having a conversation with the author (albeit a one sided conversation but still). I really think this should be a must read for Canadians as this is much a part of our history as it is the Indigenous population.
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential reading for any Canadian In introductory textbook which easily presents the wide corpus of indigenous issues. A must read!
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully engaging primer If you are new (or old) to the field, I'd say take a read.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from important and engaging read I highly recommend this book- the author does a great job of writing on complex issues in a way that is engaging, succinct and very informative. The writing is smart and approachable at the same time which I think makes it helpful for a wide audience.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative & Witty & Well-Written & Everything You Need To Know Last year, in my first university class on Indigenous Issues in Canada, my professor made this one of the required readings. After the first couple pages, I was already hooked. I could not put it down. Vowel is one of the most engaging writers who really knows how to explain stuff... complicated stuff, too. Her incontrovertible sense of humour only makes understanding it all that much easier. So many people have already said it, but I don't think it can be stressed enough. This is an essential reading for everyone, especially North-Americans. No matter what your "stance" is on Indigenous issues, if you like hearing the truth, and if you like good writing, then start reading! 6/5 stars!!!
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Required reading for every Canadian. Indigenous Writes is wonderfully clearly written, and an excellent primer on Indigenous issues. Regardless of how much you think you know about the topic, you'll learn a great deal.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A "two-copy" book Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel is a truly exceptional book. Vowel takes on complex topics and presents with humor, frankness, and accessibility without dumbing anything down. She places herself within the debates - which was a refreshing and necessary challenge to the illusion of "objective" non-fiction writers. This is the kind of book that I consider to be a "two-copy book" - I keep one copy to keep at home so that I can periodically revisit it, and another that I pass along to friends, family, and colleagues whenever I can.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accessible, Readable, Entertaining Vowel's book is an excellent read for people who have questions about Native people, or who don't have questions but think they know a lot about Native people. It's the answer to every statement your mean uncle made at Thanksgiving Dinner, or Christmas Dinner as the case may be. It's accessible and I think good for adults, as well as younger readers looking to broaden their horizons. It breaks through a lot of stereotypes about Native people without being preachy or weighed down with academic jargon. I totally recommend it.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book for our time. Every Canadian should read this. This is a book that is both easy and hard to read. It is easy to read because it is well-written. Ms. Vowel is an excellent writer and has a talent for making complex issues understandable. It is hard to read because it invites Canadians to understand more about how Canada has harmed Indigenous peoples. The book guides the reader through this important process with humour and good pacing, but it is still an uncomfortable process. There was an interview published in Maclean's around Canada Day in which the author of the interview asked Dr. Cindy Blackstock, "What is your message to Canada for our future?" Her answer has really stuck with me: "You are the people of this period. The ones who know about the injustices facing First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and have a historic opportunity to set the country on a path where Indigenous children never have to recover from their childhoods and non-Indigenous children never have to say they are sorry." We are the people of this period. Every Canadian who wants us to be a decent and upstanding country should read and/or share this book. It's a starting point for understanding how we can do better.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly useful, insightful, and readable I can't recommend this book highly enough. It addresses a huge breadth of serious topics, but does so in a very readable way that is approachable to people without much background knowledge. It's very useful to me both in my work as a communications professional, and also more generally as a white settler who wants to do my best to speak and write about people respectfully and to work towards reconciliation.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be essential reading for all This is a tremendously engaging and informative book, that shoukd be required reading for everyone across what we call Canada, at a minimum.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accessible, smart and engaging If you want to learn about indigenous issues in Canada and don't know where to start, buy this book. Chelsea Vowel's sharp, approachable writing gets to the heart of stereotypes, assumptions and injustices in the Canadian-settler state and offers tons of references and and resources for further reading and learning. In short: it's awesome. (And if you're a fan of her podcast Métis in Space, her sense of humour and incising insight are all here too)
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accessible, smart and challenging If you ever wondered about indigenous issues in Canada and didn't know where to start, read this book. Chelsea Vowel's smart, direct writing gets to the heart of stereotypes, assumptions and ongoing issues within the Canadian settler state and provides innumerable references and recommendations for further reading and resources. In short: it's awesome. (And if you like her podcast Métis in Space, her sense of humour and incising insight are no less apparent here)
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eyeopening and informative I’ve been following Chelsea’s writings since the start of the Idle No More movement. I always appreciated her matter-of-fact, reflective, data-driven approach to indigenous issues. Even as a white settler, I felt I had a decent grasp on indigenous issues, but Indigenous Writes showed me how little I actually know. It opened my eyes to things that were invisible to me, and helped me understand the impact of hundreds of years of colonialism on today’s indigenous people in Canada.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential Reading Everyone living in Canada needs to read this book ASAP, then read it again, and again. This is an essential guide to everything you need to know about Indigenous peoples in Canada. There are so many misconceptions held by people in this country that Chelsea breaks down with tirelessly researched facts. Buy 10 and give them out to your family and friends. So many people think they know things that just simply are not true. We cannot get anywhere near reconciliation without facts, and Chelsea has put in the work for us and compiled everything in one book! Not only that, but it is easy to read and hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential reading Essential reading. Clear, compelling, profoundly informative, with lots and lots of "read more" endnotes in every chapter. Also funny and just generally easy and fun to read. For any Canadian who wants to know what they can do to advance reconciliation - education and deep understanding is a critical first step. This book is hugely helpful in getting there and getting past superficial stories, stereotypes, and myths about First Nations in Canada.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Helpful Guide I was listening to CBC one day and heard the author speak about this book. So happy that she has provided this guide to the general public. I often have questions about the experiences of Indigenous peoples but haven't known where to turn until now! I Her frustration re: racism comes through at times and is directed at the reader. Totally understandable, but FYI to readers before picking this up. Still an enormously important read.
Date published: 2017-10-06