Truth Telling: Seven Conversations about Indigenous Life in Canada

Category: Book
By (author): Good, Michelle
Subject:  NON-FICTION / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Canadian Studies
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: May 2023
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 7.50in x 5.00in x 0.77in
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From The Publisher*

A bold, provocative collection of essays exploring the historical and contemporary Indigenous experience in Canada.

With authority and insight, Truth Telling examines a wide range of Indigenous issues framed by Michelle Good's personal experience and knowledge.

From racism, broken treaties, and cultural pillaging, to the value of Indigenous lives and the importance of Indigenous literature, this collection reveals facts about Indigenous life in Canada that are both devastating and enlightening. Truth Telling also demonstrates the myths underlying Canadian history and the human cost of colonialism, showing how it continues to underpin modern social institutions in Canada.

Passionate and uncompromising, Michelle Good affirms that meaningful and substantive reconciliation hinges on recognition of Indigenous self-determination, the return of lands, and a just redistribution of the wealth that has been taken from those lands without regard for Indigenous peoples.

Truth Telling is essential reading for those looking to acknowledge the past and understand the way forward.

Review Quote*

"With blistering clarity, Michelle Good exposes the contradictions at the heart of Canada, but also imagines beyond them, setting out a specific vision for an Indigenous future governed by us. Good's essays, woven with personal testimony, are deeply researched and traverse great swaths of history and policy; they are also very rousing and moving. No Canadian can feign ignorance of the Indigenous struggle when this book is within arm's reach." - Billy-Ray Belcourt, author of A Minor Chorus                       

"Good reminds us what the truth in Truth and Reconciliation actually requires of all of us: Indigenous peoples and Canadians. Addressing storytelling and historical myth-making, this book would have changed my nineteen-year-old world had it been available and rendered normative for my teachers. Good's work is formidable, elemental and reminiscent of Cardinal's Unjust Society. This work, should be required reading for every Canadian. Smart, generous and insightful. 'There is no such thing as Crown Land. It is all Indigenous land.' Good writes. This truth resonates. Serves notice: it is time." - Dr. Tracey Lindberg, Law Professor, author of Birdie

"Truth Telling is at once heartfelt, instructive, and authentic, expertly exploring the key issues that have shaped the Indigenous reality in Canada.… This collection is an indispensable resource." - Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon of the Crusted Snow

"As Canadians search for a national approach to reconciliation... this book reminds us of how we arrived at this moment.…[and] is the kind of reference that will help us navigate our fraught journey." - Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn, Professor of Indigenous Studies, Simon Fraser University