About This Reading List

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada defines reconciliation as “coming to terms with the events of the past in a manner that overcomes conflict and establishes a respectful and healthy relationship among people, going forward.”

The titles in this bibliography are intended to help readers develop cultural competency and work toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. This bibliography is highly selective and is only a sampling of the available sources on this topic.


The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
King, Thomas

Book cover of The Inconvenient IndianOriginally published in 2012, the book sparked a national conversation about the relationship between Natives and non-Natives in the centuries since the these groups of people first encountered each other. This new edition is illustrated with many images (including art as well as archival images and monuments). They trace the depiction of Native peoples and how they have been seen, understood, and represented in North America.

A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Book cover of A Knock on the DoorThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established in 2008. Its mandate was to document the history and legacy of the residential school system on Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This volume is based on the content of the reports prepared by the members of the Commission, which were the result of gathering personal testimonies of the survivors and their families and studying the content from primary and secondary sources related to the schools.

From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians
Poelzer, Greg, and Ken S. Coates

Book cover of From Treaty Peoples to Treaty NationThe authors challenge Canadians to take up their responsibilities as treaty people: they explain that the treaty system is a pact between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians (and not only a collection of legal documents). As such, it entails Canadians to treat Indigenous People with respect and understanding. This well-researched book outlines practical approaches to achieving reconciliation.

Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality
Joseph Bob, and Cynthia F. Joseph

Book cover of Indigenous RelationA practical guide to learning how to respect cultural differences, improve personal relationships and business interactions with Indigenous Peoples, and work toward reconciliation. The book analyzes the historical legacy of the Indian Act and explains the intricacies of Aboriginal Rights and Title and the treaty process. The detailed appendices include a detailed glossary of terms related to reconciliation and additional resources.

Reconciliation in Practice: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Datta, Ranjan, editor

Book cover of Reconciliation in PracticeThe authors (many of whom are themselves immigrants and refugees) explore what reconciliation is and what it means to live in relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Writing in this volumes examines respecting Indigenous Treaties, learning the role of colonized education processes, protecting our land and environment, creating food security and creating an intercultural space for social interactions, among other topics.


Locating Additional Resources

Please consult one of our reference librarians or schedule a research consultation if you have questions about the resources listed in the guide or if you would like to find additional books, articles or online sources related to reconciliation.

compiled by: Agatha Barc, 7 February 2020