Indigenous History and Decolonization/Reconciliation – Publications


A Treaty Guide for Torontonians, co-created with Ange Loft, Martha Stiegman and Jill Carter. To be launched at the 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art, March 26- June 5, 2022. Co-published by the Toronto Biennial of Art and Jumblies Theatre + Arts.


`Toronto Has No History!’: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism and Historical Memory in Canada’s Largest City


Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America (McClelland & Stewart 2000, 2002; Steerforth Press (USA) 2002)


“Revisiting Distant Relations,” Genealogy 20215(4), 86.

“By These Presents: ‘Purchasing’ Toronto,”  with Ange Loft and Martha Stiegman, Scapegoat: Landscape, Architecture, Political Economy 12-13, 2020-2021.

“Victoria Freeman,”  chapter 18 of Living in Indigenous Sovereignty, by Elizabeth Carlson-Manathara,  Fernwood Book, 2021), pp.. 241-260. Co-written with Elizabeth Carlson-Manathara.

Paloma E. Villegas, Patricia Landolt, Victoria Freeman, Joe Hermer, Ranu Basu, Bojana Videkanic, “Contesting Settler Colonial Accounts: Temporality, Migration and Place-Making in Scarborough, Ontario,” Studies in Social Justice, Vol. 14, No.2 (2020): Migration and Indigenous Sovereignty in a Chronically Mobile World,  321-351.

“Becoming Real on Turtle Island: A Pedagogy of Relationship,” Canadian Journal of Native Education, Special Issue on Indigenization, Decolonization, and Reconciliation: Critical Considerations and Cross-Disciplinary Approaches in Post-Secondary Classrooms,  Vol. 40, no. 1 (2018): 111-124.

“In Defense of Reconciliation,” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Special Issue on Discourse and Negotiations across the Indigenous / non-Indigenous Divide, eds. Michael Coyle, Karine Gentelet, and Pierre Noreau, 27:1 (January 2014), 213-223.

“The Royal Proclamation and Colonial Hocus-Pocus,” Canada Watch (Fall 2013) Toronto: Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, also posted on Active website.

“Remembering Wendat History in the Toronto Area,” Eonywa’ndiyonhratekwih Chia’Ekwaa’tatehkwih: Wendat et Wyandot d’hier et d’aujourd’hui/Wendat and Wyandot Then and Now, Proceedings of the first Wendat and Wyandot Studies Conference June 2012, eds. Louis-Jacques Dorais, Jonathan Lainey. (Wendake, Quebec: Editions Hannenorak, 2013), 125-147.

Finding a Way to the Heart 2

“Attitudes toward Miscegenation in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, 1860-1914” in Robin Jarvis Brownlie and Valerie Korinek, eds., Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada (Winnipeg:  University of Manitoba Press,  2012), 195-221 and  Native Studies Review, 16, no. 1, 2005, 39-66.

Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence

“Indigenous Hauntings in Settler Colonial Spaces: The Activism of Indigenous Ancestors in Toronto,” in Phantom Pasts, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in American Culture and History, eds. Colleen Boyd and Coll Thrush, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011), 180-221.

“What is Active History?”  Left History, 15:1 (Spring 2011), 31-36.

“Toronto Has No History! Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism and Historical Memory in Canada’s Largest City,”  Urban History Review, 38, no.2 (Spring 2010), 21-35.


“Reconciliation in Cyberspace? Lessons from Turning Point: Native Peoples and Newcomers On-Line,” in Lynne Davis, ed. Alliances: Re/Envisioning Relationships:  Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Alliances and Coalitions, University of Toronto Press, 2010, 149-157.

“The History of a Friendship, or Some Thoughts on Becoming Allies,” (with Dorothy Christian) in Lynne Davis, ed. Alliances: Re/Envisioning Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relationships, University of Toronto Press, 2010, 376-390.

“Voices of the Parents: The Shoal Lake Anishinabe and Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School 1902-1929,” Native Voices in Research , ed. Jill Oakes (Winnipeg: Native Studies Press, University of Manitoba, 2003), 71-81.

“Not so distant relations,” Common-place , American Antiquarian Society, 3, no. 1 (Oct. 2002).

“The Baffin Writers’ Project,” Canadian Literature, A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, published by the University of British Columbia, 124-125 (Spring-Summer 1990), 266-272. Reprinted in W.H. New, ed.,  Native Writers and Canadian Writing (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1990).

One thought on “Indigenous History and Decolonization/Reconciliation – Publications

  1. Dear Ms Freeman,
    I facilitate a book club of retired Toronto white folks. We’ve started to discuss Indigenous Toronto . Members are excited about it, loving its local focus.
    I’ve read your dissertation, “Toronto Has No History”, and thank you so much for its many details and insights. Apart from the history, what I learned from it is how much it matters who is telling the story, to what ends and in what context.
    In our first meeting we only “covered” Hayden King’s piece, attending to Brule, Simcoe and King’s bracing comment about violence. Much of the time was spent unpacking our own baggage – what we were taught, what we didn’t know and why, what we needed to learn.
    We will continue this two-track conversation – attending to the material at hand and considering how narratives, ideologies, and stereotypes have shaped our consciousness.
    In guiding this discussion I am indebted to you.
    And I look forward to the publication of A Treaty Guide for Torontonians.
    Michael Arbour


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