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Delgamuukw. Sixties Scoop. Bill C-31. Blood quantum. Appropriation. Two-Spirit. Tsilhqot’in. Status. TRC. RCAP. FNPOA. Pass and permit. Numbered Treaties. Terra nullius. The Great Peace…

Are you familiar with the terms listed above? In Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel, legal scholar, teacher, and intellectual, opens an important dialogue about these (and more) concepts and the wider social beliefs associated with the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. In 31 essays, Chelsea explores the Indigenous experience from the time of contact to the present, through five categories – Terminology of Relationships; Culture and Identity; Myth-Busting; State Violence; and Land, Learning, Law, and Treaties. 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.

Indigenous Writes is one title in The Debwe Series.”

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

I got an ARC of this audiobook.

This book is sixteen hours long. This is just the beginning. This book only can cover so much, but it covers SO MUCH. I was often overwhelmed with how little I knew. This book should be mandatory reading. This book changed my entire view of a country and made me question more about history and current politics. Did Charles Dickens do that? No.

The author is wonderful. Her personality shows through and she is the sort of person I could listen to forever, especially if she sounded just like the narrator. The narrator really gave life to the jokes and gave me so much by being able to pronounce anything that wasn’t in English. The idea that I would be able to hear oral languages is one of the reasons I wanted to get this as an audiobook instead of reading it myself. The combination of author and narrator made this incredibly enjoyable, even when the topics were incredibly difficult.

My biggest issue with this is every single endnote and citation is read out loud. I can understand why this was done, but it was a lot. Every single web link was read in entirety. HHTPS backslash backslash…it grated on my nerves. I finally realized I could skip that part of the chapter which drastically cut down on the time of the book. Some chapters were more endnotes than chapter. So if you are daunted by the sixteen hours, it really is not sixteen hours. Even the images were described, which also was a bit weird, but most of the time it was worth it.

There was just so much here that I can’t even really get started on this book. It is the best book I have read/listened to about indigenous history and modern issues with settler government. It helped me learn so much and realize that I held biases that I hadn’t even considered. Please read this book. If you have access to Hoopla, it is on there.

5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book.

You can buy the book here.

~Isaiah