Incarceration and Colonialism

This book is a help­ful tool while work­ing cre­ative­ly with Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, as it offers insight into cul­tur­al­ly sen­si­tive ways of con­nect­ing with Elders and Knowl­edge Keep­ers, while uphold­ing anti-colo­nial and eth­i­cal frame­works from a Coast Sal­ish perspective.

Writ­ten from the inside of a prison as a cor­re­spon­dence, this book details the life and mem­o­ries of Yvonne John­son, the first Indige­nous woman to be giv­en a life sen­tence. This raw work of non­fic­tion untan­gles the lay­ers of vio­lence John­son has endured through­out her life, while ulti­mate­ly find­ing spir­i­tu­al strength. Please note that due to the descrip­tions of vio­lence, some read­ers may find the con­tents of this book to be triggering.

Geared towards health care prac­ti­tion­ers, this book explores heal­ing trau­ma through an Indige­nous lens, work­ing towards the decol­o­niza­tion of psy­chi­atric ideas and practices.

A Master’s The­sis (OCAD) out­lin­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive cre­ative work under­tak­en with incar­cer­at­ed Indige­nous peo­ple. Pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians and a sound engi­neer col­lab­o­rat­ed with par­tic­i­pants in prison to write, record, dis­sem­i­nate, and cel­e­brate their sto­ries through new free­dom songs.