The Will To Survive By Kermot A. Moore Published by Hyperborea Publishing, 1984 This book talks about Native Peoples and the Canadian constitution.
What is great about this book is the little stories and personal tales by Natives preserved in the book.
The way they are written is the way First Nations people speak and you can easily tell that when you read it.
These tales serve to bring the book together and help you understand the rights that are being talked about. There are some great old black and white photos that everyone will enjoy. James Bay Crees will immediately recognize Richard Kishtabish. All in all this a great primer on Native rights and piece of First Nations history.
Mi’ kmaq Treaties On Trial By William C. Wicken Published by University of Toronto Press 2002 William Wilken is an associate professor of history at York University and this book reflects that. Wilken is himself one of the players in his book. He was one of the historians who gathered and presented crucial evidence in the now-famous Marshall case.
This book looks at the original 1726 Treaty and shows how the intercultural relationships and power dynamics of the past have shaped the law. It explains how it became necessary to have the Marshall case because of the present social climate. It also shows that oral agreements should be put into writing because the oral traditions of First Nations Peoples are not always respected in western civilization.
It is in many ways a fascinating book and one that every Native leader should read to get an insight into what can happen to a negotiated treaty or agreement between two differing cultures.
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