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Apostate Englishman

Grey Owl the Writer and the Myths

Albert Braz (Author)

In the 1930s Grey Owl was considered the foremost conservationist and nature writer in the world. Born into a privileged family in the dominant culture of his time, what compelled him to flee to a far less powerful one?

Those Who Belong

Identity, Family, Blood, and Citizenship among the White Earth Anishinaabeg

Jill Doerfler (Author)

Despite the central role blood quantum played in political formations of American Indian identity there are few studies that explore how tribal nations have contended with this transformation of tribal citizenship. Those Who Belong explores how White Earth Anishinaabeg understood identity and blood quantum in the early twentieth century.

Rekindling the Sacred Fire

Métis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality

Chantal Fiola (Author)

Why don’t more Métis people go to traditional ceremonies? How does going to ceremonies impact Métis identity?

Invisible Immigrants

The English in Canada since 1945

Marilyn Barber (Author), Murray Watson (Author)

Despite being one of the largest immigrant groups contributing to the development of modern Canada, the story of the English has been all but untold. In Invisible Immigrants, Barber and Watson document the experiences of English-born immigrants who chose to come to Canada during England’s last major wave of emigration.

Cathy Covell Waegner (Editor)

Mediating Indianness investigates a wide range of media—including print, film, theater, ritual dance, music, recorded interviews, photography, and treaty rhetoric—that have been used in exploitative, informative, educative, sustaining, protesting, or entertaining ways to negotiate Native American identities and images.

We Share Our Matters

Two Centuries of Writing and Resistance at Six Nations of the Grand River

Rick Monture (Author)

Rick Monture’s We Share Our Matters offers the first comprehensive portrait of how the Haudenosaunee of the Grand River region have expressed their long struggle for sovereignty in Canada.

Ethnic Elites and Canadian Identity

Japanese, Ukrainians, and Scots, 1919-1971

Aya Fujiwara (Author)

In Ethnic Elites and Canadian Identity, Aya Fujiwara examines the roles of Japanese, Ukrainian, and Scottish elites during the transition of Canadian identity from Anglo-conformity to ethnic pluralism, placing the emergence of Canadian multiculturalism within a transnational context.

David C. Natcher (Editor), Lawrence Felt (Editor), Andrea Procter (Editor)

Comprised of twelve essays, the book examines the way of life and cultural survival of Inuit from communities throughout northern and central Labrador, including: social economy of wildfood production, forced relocations and land claims, subsistence and settlement patterns, and issues around climate change, urban planning, and self-government.

Louis Riel and the Creation of Modern Canada

Mythic Discourse and the Postcolonial State

Jennifer Reid (Author)

Politician, founder of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis, Louis Riel led two resistance movements against the Canadian government. Against the backdrop of these legendary uprisings, Jennifer Reid examines Riel’s religious background, the mythic significance ascribed to him, and how these elements combined to influence Canada’s national identity.

Storied Landscapes

Ethno-Religious Identity and the Canadian Prairies

Frances Swyripa (Author)

Storied Landscapes is a beautifully written, sweeping examination of the evolving identity of major ethno-religious immigrant groups in the Canadian West including Ukrainians, Mennonites, Icelanders, Doukhobors, Germans, Poles, Romanians, Jews, Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes.

Sounds of Ethnicity

Listening to German North America, 1850 - 1914

Barbara Lorenzkowski (Author)

Drawing connections between immigrant groups in Buffalo, New York, and Kitchener, Ontario, Barbara Lorenzkowski examines the interactions of German-language education, choral groups, and music festivals and their roles in creating both an ethnic sense of self and opportunities for cultural exchanges at the local, ethnic, and transnational levels.

Marlene Epp (Author)

Mennonite Women in Canada traces the complex social history and multiple identities of Canadian Mennonite women over 200 years.

The North End

Photographs by John Paskievich

John Paskievich (Author), Stephen Osborne (Introduction)

Women of the First Nations

Power, Wisdom, and Strength

Christine Miller (Editor), Patricia Chuchryk (Editor)

This collection counters the marginalization and silencing of First Nations women's voices and reflects the power, strength, and wisdom inherent in their lives.