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It's All about the Land

Collected Talks and Interviews on Indigenous Resurgence

by (author) Taiaiake Alfred

edited by Ann Rogers

foreword by Pamela Palmater

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Indigenous Studies, Native Americans, Native American, Canadian
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Illuminating the First Nations struggles against the Canadian state, It’s All about the Land exposes how racism underpins and shapes Indigenous-settler relationships. Renowned Kahnawà:ke Mohawk activist and scholar Taiaiake Alfred explains how the Canadian government’s reconciliation agenda is a new form of colonization that is guaranteed to fail.


Bringing together Alfred’s speeches and interviews from over the past two decades, the book shows that Indigenous peoples across the world face a stark choice: reconnect with their authentic cultures and values or continue following a slow road to annihilation.


Rooted in ancestral spirit, knowledge, and law, It’s All about the Land presents a passionate argument for Indigenous Resurgence as the pathway toward justice for Indigenous peoples.

About the authors

Taiaiake Alfred is a Kahnawà:ke Mohawk philosopher and political strategist with more than three decades of experience in First Nations governance, political activism, and cultural restoration. After twenty-five years as a university professor, he now works directly with Indigenous nations to help breathe life into their visions of self-determination. He has been awarded a Canada Research Chair, a National Aboriginal Achievement/Indspire Award, and the Native American Journalists Association award for best column writing. He is the author of three highly acclaimed books: Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors: Kahnawake Mohawk Politics and the Rise of Native Nationalism; Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto; and Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom.

Taiaiake Alfred's profile page

Ann Rogers is a fourth-generation settler on Stz’uminus territory, the author of Secrecy and Power in the British State: A History of the Official Secrets Act, and co-author of Unmanned: Drone Warfare and Global Security.

Ann Rogers' profile page

River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She has two children, Mitchell and Jeremy, and a large extended family. Currently, she holds the position of Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Pamela has worked for the federal government on Indigenous legal and governance issues, and has held several director positions at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. She completed her doctorate in the Science of Law at Dalhousie University Law School, and holds a Master of Laws from Dalhousie University in Aboriginal Law, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick, and a BA with a double major in Native Studies and History from St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. She has specialized in Indigenous identity issues, which include Indian status, band membership, and self-government citizenship, and traditional Indigenous citizenship.

Pamela Palmater's profile page

Editorial Reviews

It’s All about the Land serves as a powerful voice in the discourse surrounding Indigenous rights and identity. The book champions the concept of Indigenous resurgence – a pathway toward justice that emphasizes reconnecting with authentic cultures and values. Alfred’s message is a rallying cry for Indigenous Peoples to reclaim their ancestral spirit, knowledge, and governance.”

<em>The Medium</em>

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