Collection Spotlight - National Indigenous Peoples Day

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day we've put together a selection of great books on Indigenous legal topics. Check these books out today at select Courthouse Library locations or borrow them from anywhere in BC through our Book in a Box service.

Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction

By Jim Reynolds

Responding to the TRC’s call for a better understanding of Indigenous Law for all Canadians, this book introduces readers from both a legal and non-legal background to critical concepts in the Indigenous Law field. In straightforward language, the author discusses topics such as rights and title, treaties, the duty to consult, honour of the Crown, fiduciary duties and makes the case that Canadian politicians need to take responsibility for crafting a more just society.

KM208 .I5 R496 2018

Available at the Kamloops, Nanaimo, Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria locations.

By Law or In Justice

By Jane Dickson

Established in 1991 the Indian Specific Claims Commission (ICC) worked to resolve claims arising from promises made to Indigenous Nations in treaties and other crown obligations, until its decommission in 2009. The author, longtime Commissioner of the ICC Jane Dickson, provides unique insight into the inquiry process and the various parties involved and highlights the challenges faced by Indigenous claimants, the promises that were made and broken to Indigenous nations in Canada, and the legacy of the ICC.

KM208 .I5 D535 2018

Available at the Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria locations.

Essentials of Canadian Aboriginal Law

By Kerry Wilkins

A comprehensive overview of the current state of Canadian Law as it relates to Indigenous people in Canada, Kerry Wilkins’ book covers topics such as sovereignty, provincial legislative authority, honour of the crown, the duty to consult, constitutional protections, treaty interpretation, Indigenous identity in Canadian law, natural resources, economic development, and Indigenous estate law. Designed for legal professionals, this text provides authoritative coverage of Canadian constitutional law and non-criminal statute law.

KM208 .I5 W55 2018

Available at the Vancouver and Victoria branches.

First Nations 101

By Lynda Gray

Lynda Gray’s informative, humorous, accessible guide to the diverse and complex lives of First Nations peoples gives readers an insight into the realities of day-to-day life as a First Nations person in Canada. Covering a wide range of topics including identity, social and community issues, justice, health, and culture this book illustrates the shared history of First Nations and non-First Nations people and calls upon all Canadians to play an active role in the process of Reconciliation.

KM208 .I5 G739 2011

Available at every Courthouse Library location.

Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law

By Lindsay Keegitah Borrows

Author, Lindsay Keegitah Borrows, uses the Anishinaabe storytelling tradition to explore the relationship between Indigenous language revitalization and Indigenous legal revitalization. Following Otter on a journey through Anishinaabe, Inuit, Māori, Coast Salish, and Abenaki territories, the story reveals the processes, philosophies, and practices of Indigenous language and law and shows how they can rise up from under colonial legal structures.   

KM208 .I5 B677 2018

Available at the Vancouver and Victoria locations.

Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State

By Andrew Crosby, Jeffrey Monaghan

KM208 .I5 C76 2018

Authors, Andrew Crosby and Jeffrey Monaghan explore the expansion of surveillance and policing of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous-led movements for social and environmental justice in Canada over the past several years. By examining four high-profile movements – Idle No More, the Northern Gateway Pipeline protests, the Elsipogtog First Nation anti-fracking struggle, and the conflict involving the Algonquin People of Barriere Lake – the authors raise questions about the expanding security system, police surveillance, the criminalization of dissent, and threats to civil liberties.

Available at the New Westminster, Vancouver and Victoria branches.