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50 Years, 50 Bestsellers
For our 50th anniversary, we're looking back at our 50 bestselling books (arranged in alphabetical order). Booksellers: Find this list on Catalist and Bookmanager!
A Critical Introduction

This introduction to contemporary Aboriginal law lays the groundwork for any assessment of Canada’s claim to be a just society for Indigenous peoples.

James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging

At the Bridge lifts from obscurity the story of James Teit (1864–1922), an outstanding Canadian ethnographer and Indian rights activist whose thoughtful scholarship and tireless organizing have been largely ignored.

Rethinking Indigenous Identity

Despite what the criteria of the Indian Act states regarding Aboriginal status, Palmater argues that blood should not determine belonging.

Doing Less with Less in the BC Liberal New Era

Big Promises, Small Government tells the inside story of what happened when Gordon Campbell’s government dramatically cut taxes, demonstrating the need to understand the consequences before taking political action.

One Tory’s Lonely Fight to End Poverty in Canada

In this deeply personal memoir, Hugh Segal looks back on a life that took him from childhood poverty to the heights of Canadian politics and how these early experiences shaped his life-long advocacy for the poor.

Learning from Aboriginal Peoples’ Experiences and Perspectives

The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro
By Sarah Cox Foreword by Alex Neve

Award-winning journalist Sarah Cox recounts the prolonged battle, led by farmers and First Nations, to stop the cripplingly expensive and environmentally irresponsible Site C dam.

An Anishnabe Understanding of Treaty One
By Aimée Craft Foreword by John Borrows

A comprehensive evaluation of how negotiations for Treaty One were shaped by Aboriginal Anishinabe laws

Car Culture and the Making of a Modern Landscape

By offering behind-the-scenery glimpses of how boosters and builders modified the BC landscape and shaped what drivers and tourists could view from the comfort of their vehicles, this book confounds the idea of “freedom of the road.”

A Life

Going beyond jurisprudential legacy to provide rich sociocultural context, Claire L’Heureux-Dubé is an exploration of the controversial and historically transformative career of the first Quebec woman on Canada’s Supreme Court.

Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood

The Creator’s Game serves as a potent illustration of how, for over a century, the Indigenous game of lacrosse has served as a central means for Indigenous communities to activate their self-determination and reformulate their identities.

Nourishing the Learning Spirit

An impassioned argument for Aboriginal education and critical engagement with Indigenous knowledges and traditions.

The Old Art and New Science of Winning Campaigns

At a time of heightened concern about what our future holds and how we can shape it, Engagement Organizing shows how combining old-school people power with new digital tools and data can win campaigns today.

Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities

Challenging the myth of equity in higher education, this is the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities.

An Anthropological Overview

The First Nations of British Columbia is a concise and accessible introduction to histories, cultures, and issues of the First Peoples of BC.

A Road Map for All Canadians

From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation is essential reading for all Canadians who want to understand how Canadian political and economic systems can accommodate Aboriginal aspirations and ensure a better future for all Canadians.

Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada

Jody Wilson-Raybould outlines in impassioned, inspiring prose the actions that must be taken by governments, Indigenous Nations, and all Canadians to achieve true reconciliation in this country.

Villages of the Queen Charlotte Islands

Combining archeology and ethnohistory, this book presents an integrated framework for understanding the physical structure of a Haida village, through remarkable photographs, site plans and detailed descriptions of fifteen major villages

The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

How a Focus on Health Can Revive Canadian Democracy, Updated and Expanded Edition
By Ryan Meili Foreword by André Picard

A Healthy Society draws on one doctor’s experience in family practice, community building, and politics to envision a new approach to politics – and a healthier world.

Perspectives on Policing and Leadership by Ernie Louttit

Retired police sergeant Ernie Louttit shares stories from the streets of Saskatoon, struggling to bring justice to communities where the lines between criminal and victim often blurred.

Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit

Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Education

An inspirational account of how a group of pre-service teachers, working alongside Indigenous wisdom keepers in British Columbia, developed an indigenist approach to education that can be applied in a wide variety of classrooms.

Life Stories of Three Yukon Native Elders

The life stories of three remarkable and gifted women of Athapaskan and Tlingit ancestry who were born in the southern Yukon Territory around the turn of the century - when storytelling provides a customary framework for discussing the past.

Vancouver’s Iconic Jazz Club and the Canadian Co-operative Jazz Scene in the 1950s and ‘60s
By Marian Jago Foreword by Don Thompson

Live at the Cellar tells the story of Vancouver’s iconic jazz club and other co-operative scenes during the 1950s and ’60s and the profound influence they had on the evolution of jazz in Canada.

Men, Masculinity, and the Indian Act reverses conventional thinking to argue that the sexism directed at women within the act in fact undermines the well-being of all Indigenous people, proposing that Indigenous nationhood cannot be realized or reinvigorated until this broader injustice is understood.

Race, Recognition, and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood

A provocative meditation on how “Métis” has come to signify an ever-expanding racial category rather than an indigenous people with a shared sense of history and culture.

Insights from the Streets

Retired Police Sergeant Ernie Louttit heads back to the streets in his second book, giving readers a rare glimpse of the realities a street cop faces dealing with prostitutes, street gangs, drunk drivers, and other offenders.

Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems

Co-founder of the international movement Idle No More, Sylvia McAdam shares nêhiyaw (Cree) laws so that future generations may understand and live by them, revitalizing Indigenous nationhood.

These captivating reflections on the history of our environment and ourselves will make you think differently not only about Canada’s past but also about our future.

Haida World Heritage Site

George MacDonald combines archival material and scientific and photographic evidence to record what is known of the history of Ninstints and its people.

Loyalist Slavery in the Maritimes

The first history of black slavery in the Maritimes, North to Bondage is a startling corrective to the enduring myth of Canada as a land of freedom at the end of the Underground Railroad.

The History of Women and the Vote in Canada

Acclaimed historian Joan Sangster celebrates the 100th anniversary of Canadian women getting the federal vote with a look at the real struggles women faced, depending on their race, class, and location in the nation, in their fight for equality.

Told in contemporary Anishinaabe storytelling style, Otter’s Journey takes us across the globe to explore how the work in Indigenous language revitalization can inform the emerging field of Indigenous legal revitalization.

An Ojibway-Anishinabe Vision for the Future

Reframing Manitou Aki (Creator's Land) history from the perspective of the Ojibway-Anishinabe, Our Hearts Are as One Fire shares a vision for the leaders of today and tomorrow.

Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance

Red Light Labour, the first book to examine sex work policy and advocacy since Canada v. Bedford, showcases the perspectives of sex workers and activists and deepens our understanding of sex work as labour.

Canadian Conscripts and the Great War

The first in-depth examination of Canadian conscripts in the final battles of the Great War, Reluctant Warriors provides fresh evidence that conscripts were good soldiers who fought valiantly and made a crucial contribution to the success of the Canadian Corps in 1918.

A Trapline Memoir

The Shoe Boy is an evocative exploration of Indigenous identity and connection to the land, expressed in guise of a unique coming-of-age memoir set on a trapline in northern Quebec.

Nehinuw Concepts and Indigenous Pedagogies

Drawing on Nehinuw (Cree) educational concepts, this book provides a new theoretical and practical model for teaching Indigenous students.

An Illustrated Guide

This bestseling guide helps readers interpret and enjoy the form and meaning of totem poles -- as ancestral emblems and ceremonial objects, as expressions of wealth and power, as mythological symbols and magnificent artistic works of the people of the Pacific Northwest.

Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi’kmaw Quest for Justice

A passionate account of how one man’s fight against racism and injustice transformed the criminal justice system and galvanized the Mi’kmaw Nation’s struggle for self-determination, forever changing the landscape of Indigenous rights in Canada and around the world.

A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview

This book explores the Nuu-chah-nulth understanding of the universe as an integrated and orderly whole, providing a viable theoretical alternative that both complements and expands the view of reality presented by Western science.

Treaties and Government

Through an examination of treaty rights, Johnson makes a passionate plea for equality and harmony between First Nations, governments, and society in general.

Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada

Unsettling the Settler Within is a powerful call to action that lays bare the myth of the peacemaking settler and points the way toward a meaningful reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians grappling with the legacy of the Indian residential school system.

This is the remarkable story, told by a key insider, about Vancouver’s dramatic transformation from a typical mid-sized North American city into an inspiring world-class metropolis celebrated for its liveability, sustainability, and vibrancy.

Crafted from memories, legends, and art, this powerful memoir tells the uplifting story of an Indigenous man’s struggle to reconnect with his culture and walk in the footsteps of his father and the generations of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artists that came before him.

A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations

This innovative blend of oral history and anthropological commentary documents how the Dane-zaa survived and flourished for millennia in northern BC.

New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West

This innovative history of a reserve for Icelandic settlers connects the dots between immigration and Indigenous dispossession in western Canada.

A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference

A World without Martha is an unflinching yet compassionate memoir of how one sister’s institutionalization for intellectual disability in the 1960s affected the other, sending them both on separate but parallel journeys shaped initially by society’s inability to accept difference and later by changing attitudes towards disability, identity, and inclusion.

Teachings (Ɂəms tɑɁɑw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder

This extraordinary book not only offers a rare glimpse into the life of a Coast Salish woman and the teachings of the Sliammon people, it also offers a fruitful model for collaborative research and life-history writing.

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