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Nationhood Interrupted

Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems

Traditionally, nêhiyaw (Cree) laws are shared and passed down through oral customs — stories, songs, ceremonies — using lands, waters, animals, land markings and other sacred rites. However, the loss of the languages, customs, and traditions of Indigenous peoples as a direct result of colonization has necessitated this departure from the oral tradition to record the physical laws of the nêhiyaw. McAdam, a co-founder of the international movement Idle No More, shares nêhiyaw laws so that future generations, both nêhiyaw and non-Indigenous people, may understand and live by them to revitalize Indigenous nationhood.

120 pages

Table of Contents





tawâw niwâhkômâkanak

Introduction: ahâw . . . pîhtokwêk

Soulflame manitow wiyinikêwina

The Promised Land

Rebuilding Indigenous Nationhood

Idle No More

Glossary of nêhiyawêwin Terms


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