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DEVS 220: Introduction to Indigenous Studies (Online)

Suggested Readings

This list compiled by Ian Fanning, Cory Laverty and Jackie Druery.    Scholarly journal articles and books follow good academic practice and source the materials they have used - remember to look at the reference lists for individual articles and books as they will lead you to other relevant articles on your topic of inquiry.


Battiste, Marie and James Sákéj Youngblood Henderson. 2000. Protecting indigenous knowledge and heritage: a global challenge. Saskatoon, SK: Purich Publishing.

Canada.  Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. 1996. Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.  Ottawa. 

Gehl, Lynn. 2017. Claiming Anishinaabe: decolonizing the human spirit.  Regina, SK: University of Regina Press.

King, T. 2012. The inconvenient Indian: A curious account of Native People in North America. Toronto, ON: Doubleday Canada.

Loyie, L., W. K. Spear and C. Brissenden, 2014. Residential schools: With the words and images of survivors. Brantford, ON: Indigenous Education Press.

Milloy, John S. 2017. A national crime: the Canadian Government and the residential school system, 1879 - 1986.  Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press.

Timpson, Annis May. 2009. First Nations, first thoughts: the impact of indigenous thought in Canada.  Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 2015.  Honouring the truth, reconciling for the future: summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  

Vowel, Chelsea. 2016. Indigenous writes: a guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit issues in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Highwater Press.

Essential Questions (Decolonizing the Academy and Education)

Akena, F. A. (2012). Critical analysis of the production of Western knowledge and its implications for Indigenous knowledge and decolonizationJournal of Black Studies43(6), 599-619.

Battiste, Marie. 2013. Decolonizing education: nourishing the learning spirit.  Saskatoon, SK: Purich Publishing.

Battiste, M., Bell, L., & Findlay, L. M. (2002). Decolonizing education in Canadian universities: An interdisciplinary, international, Indigenous research project. Canadian Journal of Native Education26(2), 82.

de Oliveira Andreotti, V., Stein, S., Ahenakew, C., & Hunt, D. (2015). Mapping interpretations of decolonization in the context of higher education. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 4(1).

Datta, Ranjan. 2018. "Decolonizing both researcher and research and its effectiveness in Indigenous research.Research Ethics 14(20),1-24. 

Four Arrows (Jacobs, D. T.), et al. (2013). Teaching truly: A curriculum to indigenize mainstream education. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Foy, Jacie. 2009. "Incorporating talk story into the classroom." First Nations Perspectives2(1): 25-33.

Iseke-Barnes, Judy M. 2008. "Pedagogies for decolonizing." Canadian Journal of Native Education, 31(1):123-148, 320. 

Korteweg, L., & Russell, C. (2012). "Decolonizing + Indigenizing = Moving environmental education towards reconciliation." Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 17, 5-14.

Longboat, D. (2017). A way of life: Indigenous Knowledge to Sustain the World (1.22.04). Dan shares teachings at Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability with introduction by Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall.

Munroe, E., Borden, L., Murray Orr, A., Toney, D., & Meader, J. (2013). Decolonizing Aboriginal education in the 21st century. McGill Journal of Education/Revue des sciences de l'éducation de McGill, 48(2), 317-337.

Smith, T. (2016). "Make space for Indigeneity: Decolonizing education." Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit Research Review Journal, 1(2), 49-59. 

Styres, Sandra D. 2017. Pathways for remembering and recognizing indigenous thought in education: philosophies of Iethi'nihsténha Ohwentsia'kékha (land).  Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Pete, S. 2015. 100 ways to Indigenize and decolonize academic programs and courses. Regina, SK: University of Regina.

Pete, S., Schneider, B., & O’Reilly, K. (2013). Decolonizing our practice: Indigenizing our teaching. First Nations Perspectives5(1), 99-115.

Ragoonaden, K., & Mueller, L. (2017). Culturally responsive pedagogy: Indigenizing curriculumCanadian Journal of Higher Education47(2), 22-46.

Smith, L. T. (2012). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and Indigenous peoples (2nd ed.). London: Zed Books.

Szabo-Jones, L., Christensen, J., & Cox, C. (Eds.). (2018). Activating the heart: Storytelling, knowledge sharing, and relationship. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.   

Western University. 2018. Guide for working with Indigenous students. London, ON: Western University. 

Wemigwans, J. (2016). A digital bundle: Exploring the Impact of Indigenous knowledge online through FourDirectionsTeachings. com (based on Doctoral dissertation, University of Toronto).

Wildcat, M., McDonald, M., Irlbacher-Fox, S., & Coulthard, G. (2014). "Learning from the land: Indigenous land based pedagogy and decolonization." Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society3(3).