Exploring Indigenous Social Justice

Edited By: John G. Hansen, PhD


Exploring Indigenous Social Justiceis an edited text, comprising sixteen chapters authored by nineteen contributing authors – all of whom are experts in their field – which together constitute an extensive, international, and impressive examination pertaining to the what, where, and how of Indigenous social justice issues.

Exploring Indigenous Social Justice is divided into the following four sections: Part I – Methodology; Part II – Education: A Battleground for Social Justice; Part III – The Retributive State, Social Justice and Resiliency; Part IV – International Perspectives.For anyone interested in Indigenous social justice and decolonization, this book will prove invaluable.

  • ISBN: 978-0-9919441-6-3
    Price: $45.00
    Binding: Paperback
    Date: 2014
    Rights: World
    Pages: 352
    Size: 6″ x 9″

  • Table of Contents

    By: John G. Hansen, PhD

    PART-I : Methodology
    1. Methodologies of Social Justice: Indigenous Foundations and Lessons
    By: Doreen E. Martinez, PhD

    2. The Many Colours of Institutional Racism: Race, Citizenship and the Cherokee Freemen
    By: Anne F. Boxberger Flaherty, PhD

    3. A Roadmap Is An Opportunity: Getting out of the Maze of Injustice
    By: April D.J. Petillo

    4. Cutting to the Bones of Justice
    By: Cynthia-Lou Coleman, PhD

    PART-II : Education: A Battleground for Social Justice
    4. Teaching Indian Fine Art at a non-Native University
    By: Alfred Young Man, PhD

    5. The Snow Walker: Personifying “Walk Well My Brother”
    By: Jay Hansford C. Vest, PhD

    6. A Dene Manifestation of Education for Social Justice
    By: Rose Antsanen

    7. Urban Aboriginal Addiction Recovery and the Friendship Centre of Saskatchewan
    By: John G. Hansen, PhD

    8. Teaching Social Justice in the Public Academy: Redressing Enduring Struggle with Vignettes of Raiding and Alliances
    By: Vanessa Anthony-Stevens, PhD., Philip Stevens, & Sheilah Nicholas, PhD

    PART-III : The Retributive State, Social Justice and Resiliency
    9. Panopticon in Pluto: The Failure of Retributive Justice in Louis Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves
    By: Sue Matheson, PhD

    10. Urban Indigenous Youth Justice Stresses Healing
    By: John G. Hansen, PhD., & Roberta Desnomie

    11. Consolidating Indigenous Power: The ‘Idle No More’ Movement
    By: John G. Hansen, PhD., & Rose Antsanen

    12. Restoring Balance: The Sharing Circle Methodology
    By: Herman J. Michell, PhD

    13. Clinical Counselling and Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples: Insights into Praxis
    By: Sharon L. Acoose, PhD., & John E. Charlton, DMin

    14. Welcome to My Moonscape: Indigenous Opposition to Tar Sands Mining and the Keystone XL Pipeline
    By: Bruce E. Johansen, PhD

    15. Always a People: Chief Turkey Tayac and the Resurrection of the Piscataway People
    By: Cynthia Landrum, PhD

    PART-IV : International Perspective
    16. A Brief Survey of Indigenous Justice in Colonial Africa
    By: Teresa A. Booker, PhD

    About the Authors

  • John G. Hansen, PhD

    John Hansen, PhD is a Member of the Opaskwayak Cree First Nation, and an Assistant Professor within the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan

  • This collection of work describes Indigenous social justice principles and practice. Readers who are unfamiliar with the foundations of Indigenous resistance will find this an invaluable resource. For Indigenous resisters and allies, this collection will remind you not only of how far we have come, but the tremendous work ahead. As Hansen and Antsanen remind us, the principles of Indigenous resistance and justice have always been a part of ancient Indigenous teachings. Exploring Indigenous Social Justice provides us with a road map not only for Indigenous people, but for all of society.

    Jaime Cidro, PhD

    NEAHR New Investigator in Aboriginal Health
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Anthropology
    University of Winnipeg

    This book is timely and well conceived. It challenges us to see through Indigenous eyes by exploring the Indigenous struggle for justice in the post 9/11 world. It offers perspectives on justice from the standpoint of gender and identity, social and environmental movements, such as Idle No More, and Indigenous ontology. The book makes a needed contribution toward creating awareness about the need for including Indigenous perspectives in social, environmental and justice policy. It also advances the field of Indigenous justice by stressing Indigenous knowledge and wellness as essential precursors to contemporary justice systems.

    Michael Hankard, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Indigenous Studies
    University of Sudbury