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Racism, Colonialism, and Indigeneity in Canada: A reader
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Racism, Colonialism, and Indigeneity in Canada: A Reader is a reader collecting the writings of Indigenous North Americans on racism and colonialism and the impact these forces have had-and continue to have-on the lives of Indigenous peoples. This is a collection that spans generations of thought and defies simple categorization. Editors Martin Cannon and Lina Sunseri offer a broad overview of Indigenous scholarship on such key issues as identity, citizenship, nationalism, territorial rights, health, education, family, community, policy, and criminal justice. After presenting a range of theoretical perspectives in the first section, the reader goes on to explore eight keys themes before presenting a conclusion that focuses on progress and the future of self-determination and colonial reparations. Central to this collection are discussion of the breach in the nation-to-nation pact between colonizing countries and Indigenous peoples as represented by the Two-Row Wampum, a ceremonial belt in which the two purple beaded lines signify equal and parallel governments.

Though the collection examines the many ways in which this treaty has not been fully respected, the volume editors note that the spirit of the relationship is not so easily broken. In their own words: 'Indeed, it is our objective to first revisit the original principles, and to remind all future generations, Indigenous or otherwise, of its terms'. Racism, Colonialism, and Indigeneity in Canada: A Reader strives to show how much can be gained by working across differences, revitalizing original partnerships and agreements, and coming together collectively as Canadian to overcome racism.

Martin J. Cannon is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He received his PhD from York University in 2004 and taught sociology at the University of Saskatchewan from 2002 to 2007. He is a citizen of the Six Nations of Grand River Territory, and has been writing about his experience as a status Indian and the descendant of a woman who lost and later re-acquired Indian status since the 1980s. His research interests include the history of the Indian Act and Indian policy; racism and gender inequality; colonialism and decolonization; Indigenous Knowledge in education; and social structure and change. He is author of The Regulation of First Nations Sexuality; Bill C-31: Notes toward a Qualitative Analysis of Legislated Injustice; First Nations Citizenship, An Act to Amend the Indian Act and the Accommodation of Sex-Discriminatory Policy; and Revisiting Histories of Legal Assimilation, Racialized Injustice, and the Future of Indian Status in Canada. Lina Sunseri is assistant professor in the Division of Sociology and Family Studies at Brescia University College, affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. Her areas of research include Indigenous women's issues in relation to colonialism and decolonialism; gender and nationalism; representation of Indigenous peoples and other racialized groups in mainstream media and popular culture; gender and sports; gender and popular culture; community development; critical pedagogy; law and inequality. Lina is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, Turtle Clan, and her Longhouse name is Yeliwi: sasks, which roughly translates to 'Gathering Stories and Knowledge'.

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