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Staff Book Picks

Welcome to our new page on Staff book picks. Here, we will share books we are currently reading or have on Aboriginal topics. Check out our current picks!

Jean-Paul's Pick

Professor Jean-Paul Restoule, Anishinaabe, muscrat clan and a member of the Dokis First Nation, is Associate Professor of Aboriginal Education at OISE where he coordinates the Adult Education and Community Development Program. Jean-Paul is also the founder of the Deepening Knowledge Project.

First Nations 101 text cover

First Nations 101

By Linda Gray. 2011.  Adaawx Publishing, Vancouver, BC.

About - From the website - "First Nations 101 is an easy to read primer that provides readers with a broad overview of the diverse and complex lives of First Nations people. It is packed with more than 70 subjects including veterans, youth, urbanization, child welfare, appropriate questions to ask a First Nations person, feminism, the medicine wheel, Two-spirit (LGBTQ), residential schools, the land bridge theory, and language preservation.  Author Linda Gray endeavours to leave readers with a better understanding of the shared history of First Nations and non-First Nations people, and ultimately calls upon all of us -individuals, communities, and governments - to play active roles in bringing about true reconciliation between First Nations and non-First Nations people." 

Cathy's Pick

Cathy Lee. Hi, Cathy here. I am mom to twin, teen girls, a Nunavut educator and educational leader and currently a 2nd year PhD student in Educational Leadership at OISE and the Coordinator of the Deepening Knowledge website. My interests are in the areas of Inuit learning, education and leadership and decolonizing ways.

  Cover photo of Not Wold, Nor Dog

Not Wolf, Nor Dog: An Ojibway Elder's tales of residential school, wartime service, First Nations politics and some experience with the Great Spirit.

By Wilmer F. Nadjiwon  2012.  Tobermory Press Publications, Tobermory, ON.

About - Elder Wilmer Nadjiwon's Not Wolf, Nor Dog, is an autobiographical account of residential school, service in war, First Nations political leadership and Anishinaabe spirituality

Cathy's Review - Wilmer's book is a resilient, frank and powerful read of his search for justice, in which he share's life experiences of childhood at Cape Croker Reserve, of years of cruelty and sexual abuse at St. Peter Clavier Residential School in Spanish, ON, of service in WWII, of political activism as an Ontario First Nations Chief advocating for autonomy and economic development for his community, of life as a well-known artist (wood carver) and of reflections on the Great Spirit. A must read!

Stay tuned for more staff picks coming up soon!



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