International Women's Day 2021

This Monday, March 8th was International Women’s Day!

While we like to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women every day, we thought we’d offer up a couple of UMP titles we love as reading recommendations to celebrate:


In Good Relation: History, Gender, and Kinship in Indigenous Feminisms

Edited by Sarah Nickel and Amanda Fehr

About the Book

Over the past thirty years, a strong canon of Indigenous feminist literature has addressed how Indigenous women are uniquely and dually affected by colonialism and patriarchy. Indigenous women have long recognized that their intersectional realities were not represented in mainstream feminism, which was principally white, middle-class, and often ignored realities of colonialism. As Indigenous feminist ideals grew, Indigenous women became increasingly multi-vocal, with multiple and oppositional understandings of what constituted Indigenous feminism and whether or not it was a useful concept. Emerging from these dialogues are conversations from a new generation of scholars, activists, artists, and storytellers who accept the usefulness of Indigenous feminism and seek to broaden the concept.

In Good Relation captures this transition and makes sense of Indigenous feminist voices that are not necessarily represented in existing scholarship. There is a need to further Indigenize our understandings of feminism and to take the scholarship beyond a focus on motherhood, life history, or legal status (in Canada) to consider the connections between Indigenous feminisms, Indigenous philosophies, the environment, kinship, violence, and Indigenous Queer Studies. Organized around the notion of “generations,” this collection brings into conversation new voices of Indigenous feminist theory, knowledge, and experience. Taking a broad and critical interpretation of Indigenous feminism, it depicts how an emerging generation of artists, activists, and scholars are envisioning and invigorating the strength and power of Indigenous women.

About the Editors

Sarah Nickel is a Tk’emlupsemc Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her first book, Assembling Unity: Pan-Indigenous Politics, Gender, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, was published in 2019. Her next project explores Indigenous women’s political work in the twentieth-century west.

Amanda Fehr is a white settler from Saskatoon. She completed her PhD in History at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Her doctoral research included community engaged oral history work in the predominantly Métis community of Île-à-la-Crosse and with the English River First Nation. She works as an educator, researcher, and public engagement consultant.

Other contributors: Antonia R.G. Alvarez, Joi T. Arcand, Ramona Beltran, Astri Dankertsen, Chantal Fiola, Louise Halfe, Aubrey Hanson, Tasha Hubbard, Madeline Rose Knickerbocker, Darian Lonechild, Anina Major, Elaine McArthur, Lindsay Nixon, Miriam M. Puga, Kai Pyle, Zoey Roy, Marie Sanderson, aja sy, waaseyaa’sin christine sy, Zoe Todd, Omeasoo Wahpasiw, Jana-Rae Yerxa

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Compelled to Act: Histories of Women’s Activism in Western Canada

Lillian Shirt, 2017. Colin Way Photography, Edmonton.

Edited by Sarah Carter and Nanci Langford

About the Book

Compelled to Act showcases fresh historical perspectives on the diversity of women’s contributions to social and political change in prairie Canada in the twentieth century, including but looking beyond the era of suffrage activism. In our current time of revitalized activism against racism, colonialism, violence, and misogyny, this volume reminds us of the myriad ways women have challenged and confronted injustices and inequalities.

The women and their activities shared in Compelled to Act are diverse in time, place, and purpose, but there are some common threads. In their attempts to correct wrongs, achieve just solutions, and create change, women experienced multiple sites of resistance, both formal and informal. The acts of speaking out, of organizing, of picketing and protesting were characterized as unnatural for women, as violations of gender and societal norms, and as dangerous to the state and to family stability.

Still as these accounts demonstrate, prairie women felt compelled to respond to women’s needs, to challenges to family security, both health and economic, and to the need for community. They reacted with the resources at hand, and beyond, to support effective action, joining the ranks of women all over the world seeking political and social agency to create a society more responsive to the needs of women and their children.

About the Editors

Sarah Carter FRSC is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics and the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

Nanci Langford is Academic Coordinator, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, at Athabasca University. She co-chairs the Alberta Women’s Memory Project, an online resource on Alberta women for students and the general public.

Other contributors: Stephanie Bangarth, Sarah Carter, Erika Dyck, Laurel Halladay, Esyllt Wynne Jones, Cynthia Loch-Drake, Nanci Langford, Karissa Patton, Joan Sangster, Susan Smith, Allyson Stevenson, Georgina M. Taylor, Cheryl Troupe, Carol Williams

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