Book announcement: Indigenous Writes

Folks, I have some exciting news! MY BOOK IS FINALLY COMING OUT!



This picture is from Nadya Kwandibens “Concrete Indians” series (, featuring Jennifer Podemski.

At last I’ve collected and expanded some of the pieces found on this blog, and wrote some new ones! I spent a tonne of time curating resources for each chapter so that people interested in a specific subject can do further research, and get to know some of the amazing people out there doing awesome work on Indigenous issues.

This book is being published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press as part of their Debwe series.

“Created in the spirit of the Anishinaabe concept debwe (to speak the truth), The Debwe Series is a collection of exceptional Aboriginal writings from across Canada.”


Who is this book for?

I research and write pieces that are meant to be used by everyone – students, teachers, professionals, old-stock Canadians, newcomers, you name it – so that they can learn more about Indigenous peoples in this country. I try to be as accessible as possible, without losing any of the nuance. My hope is that this book will be used in schools, homes, and professional development settings across the country to give people a basic grounding in Indigenous issues in Canada!


You can pre-order the book now (YOU SHOULD DO THIS) and it will be ready at the beginning of September, well in time for Fall classes!

An ebook version for devices across all platforms will be ready August 2nd for $19.96.

If you want more details including pricing, availability, orders, shipping, getting books out to people by certain dates, and even getting books out into their local bookstores please email Teresa at:

So what’s in it?

Here is the table of contents, divided into five broad themes:

I. The Terminology of Relationships

1. Just Don’t Call Us Late for Supper: Names for Indigenous Peoples

2. Settling on a Name: Names for Non-Indigenous Canadians

II. Culture and Identity

3. Got Status?: Indian Status in Canada

4. You’re Métis? Which of Your Parents Is an Indian?: Métis Identity

5. Feel the Inukness: Inuit Identity

6. Hunter-Gatherers or Trapper-Harvesters?: Why Some Terms Matter

7. Allowably Indigenous, to Ptarmigan or Not to Ptarmigan:  When Indigeneity is Transgressive

8. Caught in the Crossfire of Blood Quantum Reasoning: Popular Notions of Indigenous Purity

9. What Is Cultural Appropriation?: Respecting Cultural Boundaries

10. Check the Tag on That Indian Story: How to Find Authentic Indigenous Stories

11. Icewine, Roquefort Cheese and the Navajo Nation: Indigenous Use of Intellectual Property Laws

12. All My Queer Relations: Language, Culture, and Two-Spirit Identity

III. Myth-Busting

13. The Myth of Progress

14. The Myth of the Level Playing Field

15. The Myth of Taxation

16. The Myth of Free Housing

17. The Myth of the Drunken Indian

18. The Myth of the Wandering Nomad

19. The Myth of Authenticity

IV. State Violence

20. Monster: The Residential School Legacy

21. Our Stolen Generations: The 60s and Millennial Scoops

22. Human Flagpoles: Inuit Relocation

23. From Hunters to Farmers: Indigenous Farming on the Prairies

24. Dirty Water, Dirty Secrets: Drinking Water in First Nations Communities

25. No Justice, No Peace: The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

V. Land, Learning, Law, and Treaties

26. Rights? What Rights?: Doctrines of Colonialism

27. Treaty Talk: The Evolution of Treaty-Making in Canada

28. The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same: Numbered Treaties and Modern Treaty-Making

29. Why Don’t First Nations Just Leave the Reserve?: Reserves are Not the Problem

30. White Paper, What Paper?: More Attempts to Assimilate Indigenous Peoples

31. Our Children, Our Schools: Fighting for Control Over Indigenous Education

Did I mention you can pre-order it now?

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33 Responses to Book announcement: Indigenous Writes

  1. LunarCritter says:

    Oh. My. God! Congratulations! <3

  2. nadia says:

    many many congratulations!! I’ve spent years enjoying your posts and I look forward to the book. I am sure it will be a valuable resource for First Nations people and non First Nations across the country!

  3. steffen58 says:

    Congratulations Ms Vowel. I just pre-ordered 4 for friends and family.

  4. I am certainly developing an appreciation for your writing and would have easily paid the purchase price from the publisher but not the $12.50 for shipping. 50% of the book price. No way. If you are doing a signing or book tour somewhere Chelsea I will pick up a copy and if not I will ask a friend to pick it up when it hits the bookstore. I plan to get a copy for my Mom too.

  5. Michelle says:

    Congratulations! I’m going to pre-order my copy now! Thank-you so much for writing this book. You just have a knack for making knowledge accessible and I’ve learned so much from your writings already.

  6. Karen Starr says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read!! Will preorder as soon as I can!

  7. Melinda Artz says:

    Congratulations. Buying it!

  8. Congrats! I don’t have much spending money at the moment, but this is going on my Christmas list.

  9. hannah says:

    amazing! Congratulations and thank you. Already I refer students regularly to your blog. Now I’ll be able to add the book to my course!

  10. A good and thoughtful addition to a long conversation.

  11. Brilliant! What a compendium o’ Cultural Knowledge…it should be required reading in every school in Canada (at least – they want to change, now is the time).
    Perhaps a direct link to the book would make it easier to find for your readers:

    Any plans for an e-Book version?

  12. BTW, that’s a GREAT title!

  13. rosefiend says:

    Oh good! Will preorder as soon as finances permit (I hope soon). I follow you on Twitter and I look forward to reading.

  14. Dave says:

    Awesome. Hope this is the first of many!!!

  15. Such awesome news! You are an amazing and passionate teacher of the knowledge. I am thrilled to be able to have your work as a prominent piece in my arsenal of know-whats and know-hows.

  16. Kelly Rodgers says:

    Well done. I just ordered five copies. Total shipping charges $15. Order in quantity to save shipping costs

  17. RedChef says:

    HA HA!! I read the title of this post in my inbox as “Indigenous Whites”, and went, “WHAT?!”, immediately gearing up to get all indignant, and then opened it. Oopsie. 🙂

    Thanks so much for this and all you do!

  18. Frank Busch says:

    Pre-ordered and looking forward to reading it! Kinonaskomitten!

  19. Wow, that sounds amazing! I live in Holland, so it will be harder to buy it, but maybe there is a way I can order it directly from you?

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  21. Terry-Lee Marttinen says:

    I am glad you covered the 60’s scoop. I am looking for information on the social welfare policy’s impact on identity, health, and links to suicide with long-term efffects on the families of 60’s scoop children. I will order your book when I can….thanks
    for your work.

  22. bob says:

    This is AMAZING!

  23. Nancy says:

    Another copy sold! Will set it in my calendar to pick up copies in September here in Winnipeg! Looking forward to the learning!

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