compiled by Andrea Menard

Movies, Television Series & Documentaries, Podcasts & Blogs, Videos, Poetry, Books & Memoirs, Graphic Novels, and highlighted Academic material
(*​ denotes directed/authored by​ Indigenous peoples)



*Monkey Beach (2020),​ ​Loretta Todd​ based on ​*2000 book​ by​ ​Eden Robinson

The Grizzlies (2018),​ ​Miranda de Pencier​

Indian Horse (2017),​ ​Stephen Campanelli​ based on​ ​*​2012 book​ by ​Richard Wagamese

*Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2014), ​Jeff Barnaby ​ ​

*The Lesser Blessed​ (2012), ​Anita Doron​ based on ​*1996 book​ by ​Richard Van Camp

*Four Sheets to the Wind (2007),​ ​Sterlin Harjo​ ​

*Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001), ​Zacharias Kunuk​,

*Smoke Signals (1998), ​ Chris Eyr​e ​ and based on a short story by ​Sherman Alexi​e, "This is​ What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" from his *1993​ book​ The Lone Ranger and Tonto

Fistfight in Heaven​ (1993).

Dance Me Outside (1994),​ ​Bruce McDonald​ based on the ​1977 book​ by ​W. P. Kinsella

*Once Were Warriors (1994, New Zealand),​ ​Lee Tamahori​ based on *​1990 book​ by​ ​Alan Duff

*Bedevil (1993, Australian), ​ ​Tracey Moffatt​

Powwow Highway (1989),​ ​Jonathan Wacks​ ​


Television Series:

First Contact (2018 & 2019), 2 seasons

The 8th Fire (2012), CBC 4 part documentary series hosted by​ Wab Kinew.​

8th Fire episode 1. Indigenous in the City (43:24)43:25

8th Fire episode 2. It's time43:29

8th Fire episode 3. Whose land is it anyway? 43:13

8th Fire episode 4. At the Crossroads43:19



nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (2019), Tasha Hubbard

*Reel Injun (2009), ​ ​Neil Diamond​ ​

*Finding Dawn (2006), ​ C​hristine Welsh ​

*Two Worlds Colliding (2004),Tasha Hubbard​

*Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), ​ A​lanis Obomsawin

*Bastion Point Day 507/Incident at Restigouche (1980/1984), Directors​ M​erata Mita and​​ ​Alanis Obomsawin ​



The Trauma Informed Lawyer with Myrna McCallum (Canadian Bar Association) Indigenous Intergenerational Trauma: What You Need To Know about Advocating, Adjudicating and Policing in Indigenous Communities | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer hosted by Myrna McCallum (

The Secret Life of Canada (CBC, various episodes re: Indigenous topics)



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Native Counselling Services of Alberta videos:


*The Bang You Feel

Voices of Amiskwacy (Collection of films)



*Eskimo Pie, Poetics of Inuit Identity (2020), Dunning, Norma

*Post colonial Love Poem (2020),​ Natalie Diaz

*Learning to Count ​ (2020)​ Emily Riddle, 2020​ CBC Poetry prize shortlist

Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay​ (2019)​ , Shane Koyczan with art b​y​ Kent Monkman and Joseph Sanchezêhtâwan-wasakay-Shane-Koyczan/dp/1926886518

*This Wound is a World (2017), ​ B​illy-Ray Belcourt

*Talking to the Diaspora (2015), Lee Maracl​e

Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories & Songs (2013),​ ​Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

*A Really Good Brown Girl (1996), ​Marilyn Dumont




*The Nighwatchman (2020), ​ ​Louise Erdrich

*The Journey Forward, a Novella on Reconciliation (2018),​ ​Richard Van Camp​ and​ ​Monique Gray Smith​

*There, There (2018), ​Tommy Orange

*Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (2017),​ ​Norma Dunning

*The Marrow Thieves (2017), ​ ​Cherie Dimaline

*The Break (2016), ​Katherena Vermette

*Birdie (2015),​ ​Tracey Lindberg​ ​

The Back of the Turtle (2014), ​Thomas King

*In Search of April Raintree (1983), Beatrice Culleton Mosionier

More Authors:  Lee Maracle, Jeanette Armstrong, Tomson Highway, Bob Joseph, Drew Hayden Taylor, ​Waubgeshig Rice, Jordan Wheeler, Rosanna Deerchild, Wayne Aurthurson



The Shoe Boy (2020), Duncan McCue

From The Ashes:​ My Story of Being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way​ (2019), JesseThistle  ​

Clifford: ​A Memoir, A Fiction, A Fantasy, A Thought Experiment​ (2018), ​Harold R. Johnson

Mamaskatch (2018), Darrel J. McLeod

Heart Berries (2018), Terese Marie Mailho​t

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2017)​, ​ ​Sherman Alexie

The Right to be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole​ Planet ​(2015), Sheila Watt-Cloutier

The Reason You Walk (2015), Wab Kinew

One Native Life (2008), Richard Waganese

Indian School Days (1988), Basil H. Johnston

My Tribe the Crees (1979), Joseph F. Dion

Half Breed (1973),​ ​Maria Campbell bell-s-halfbreed-to-be-re-released-with-author-s-account-of-rape-by-mountie-1.4952406



*From Where I Stand: ​Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada​ (2019),​ ​Jody Wilson-Raybould

*The North-West Is Our Mother:​The Story of Louis Riel's People, the Metis Nation​ ​(2019), Jean Teillet ​IPC (BFA, LL.B, LL.M)​

*​Peace and Good Order: The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada (2019), ​Harold R. Johnson

*Legacy: ​Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (2019)​,​ ​Suzanne Methot

*A Mind Spread Out on the Ground (2019), ​ Alicia Elliott

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act​ (2018), Bob Joseph

*​Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City (2017), ​ Tany​a Talaga​ ​

The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy (2017),​ ​Arthur Manuel​ and​ Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson hur+Manuel&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1

*My conversations with Canadians (2017), ​ Lee Maracle

*Indigenous Writes​: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada ​(2016), Chelsea Vowel

*​A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder​ (2016), ​Ma-Nee Chacaby 7

*Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (2015), ​Robin Wall Kimmerer7

Stolen Sisters: The Story of Two Missing Girls, Their Families, and How Canada Has Failed Indigenous Women​ (2015),​ ​Emmanuelle Walter

*Dying to Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada (2014), ​Roland Chrisjohn anada/

*The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North Americ (2012),​ ​Thomas King​  ​

*Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers (2011),​ ​Carmen L. Robertson​ and Mark Cronlund Anderson

One Dead Indian: The Premier, the Police, and the Ipperwash Crisis (2003),​ ​Peter Edwards

*Journeying Forward: Dreaming First Nations Independence (2000), ​ ​Patricia Monture-Angus

Citizen Plus:​ Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian State​ (2000),​ ​Alan Cairns

A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986(1999), John S.Milloy

Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice (1996),​ ​Rupert Ross

*Thunder in my Soul: A Mohawk Woman Speaks (1995), ​ ​Patricia Monture-Angus

Dancing with a Ghost: Exploring Aboriginal Reality(1992)​,​ ​Rupert Ross

People of the Pines: the Warriors and the Legacy of Oka (1991), ​Geoffrey York

Those Who Know: Profiles of Alberta's Native Elders (1991)​,​ Dianne Meili


Graphic Novels, etc:

The Secret Path (2016),​ ​Gord Downie​ ​with illustrator Jeff Lemire

*The Outside Circle (2015), Patti Laboucane-Benson

*Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story (2012), ​David Alexander Robertson

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography (2003), Chester Brown


Cultural competency and practical lawyering:

Reconciliation and Ethical Lawyering:

*Communicating with Indigenous Clients:


Some notes:

Norma Dunning is Inuit and resides in Edmonton

Billy-Ray is Cree from Driftpile Cree Nation, and resides in Edmonton

Marilyn Dumont is Metis and an ​Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Department​ at University of Alberta ​

Senator Patti Laboucane-Benson is Metis and resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta

Tasha Hubbard is Cree and an Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta

Chelsea Vowel is Metis and an Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta