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The Good Lands
By (author): Victoria Dickenson By (author): Lee Maracle By (author): Naomi Fontaine
9781773270241 Hardcover English General Trade ART / Canadian Oct 24, 2017 Print Run: 1500
$60.00 CAD
Active 11.31 x 9.97 x 1.09 in | 1830 gr 288 pages 150 images Figure 1 Publishing
Fifty years ago, Canada celebrated its hundredth anniversary of Confederation. At Expo 67, in communities across the country, we celebrated our coming of age as a modern, bilingual, bicultural nation—a place where anyone from any culture could thrive. But beneath the applause and the cheerful music was a darker note. In his public address at the festivities, Chief Dan George lamented what Canada’s centennial did not celebrate: the colonization and marginalization of Indigenous peoples who lived on these “good lands.” Now in the year of Canada’s 150th birthday, we honour a new understanding of our past. We have begun—at long last—to share in a process of national reconciliation and to come together to reimagine our contribution to a global future. Artists give form and meaning to both the land and the invisible landscape of the spirit, both the past and the future. The works of Canada’s artists—both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, historical and contemporary—invite us to see our country and our place within it with new eyes. This book celebrates their visions, as well as the good lands we have shared and shaped for millennia that, in turn, have shaped us.

Victoria Dickenson is former Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Toronto, as well as President, McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. She inaugurated the post of Chief Knowledge O?cer of the new Canadian federal institution, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2009. For eleven years, she was Executive Director of the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal. She has also served as Director, Programs, at the National Aviation Museum and Chief Curator of the Newfoundland Museum. She is an A'liate of McGill University History Department, and an Adjunct Research Associate in inclusive Design at OCADU. She has curated numerous exhibitions and has written extensively on documentary art and the visualization of landscape in North America. Lee Maracle is a prolific First Nations writer and expert on First Nations culture and history. She is a member of the Stó:l? Nation, the daughter of a Métis mother and Salish father and a granddaughter of Chief Dan George. Maracle's first book, the autobiographical novel Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel (1975, 1990), was one of the first Indigenous works published in Canada. Maracle has held numerous academic posts in Canadian and American universities, and in 2009, she received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. She is a co-founder of the En'owkin International School of Writing, a learning institute in Penticton, BC, with an Indigenous Fine Arts Program and an Okanagon Language Program. Naomi Fontaine is a young Innu woman from the community of Uashat, near Sept-Îles, Quebec. She studied to be a high school French teacher at Université Laval in Quebec City. Her first collection of poetic stories Kuessipan was published in March 2011 by Mémoire d'encrier. The book received a warm reception from readers and the media. In 2013, Kuessipan was published in English by Arsenal Pulp Press in a translation by David Homel. The Quebec booksellers' magazine Le libraire named Naomi Fontaine Discovery of the Year and she was part of Elle Québec's Women of the Year in 2011. She writes a blog, "Innushkuess."

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