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In a moment where unlawful pipelines are built on Indigenous territories, the RCMP make illegal arrests of land defenders on unceded lands, and anti-Indigenous racism permeates on social media; the government lie that is reconciliation is exposed. Renowned lawyer, author, speaker and activist, Pamela Palmater returns to wade through media headlines and government propaganda and get to heart of key issues lost in the noise.
Warrior Life: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence is the second collection of writings by Palmater. In keeping with her previous works, numerous op-eds, media commentaries, YouTube channel videos and podcasts, Palmater’s work is fiercely anti-colonial, anti-racist, and more crucial than ever before.
Palmater addresses a range of Indigenous issues — empty political promises, ongoing racism, sexualized genocide, government lawlessness, and the lie that is reconciliation — and makes the complex political and legal implications accessible to the public.
From one of the most important, inspiring and fearless voices in Indigenous rights, decolonization, Canadian politics, social justice, earth justice and beyond, Warrior Life is an unflinching critique of the colonial project that is Canada and a rallying cry for Indigenous peoples and allies alike to forge a path toward a decolonial future through resistance and resurgence.
“In this moment of multiple existential crises from climate change to species extinction, ocean degradation, toxic pollution and so on, the Indigenous struggle to regain authority over land provides an opportunity to see our place in the world differently. To me, that is what Palmater’s fiery rhetoric is calling for, a chance to see the world through the lenses of different values.”
— David Suzuki
“As governments try to pull the wool over the public eye by suggesting contemporary colonial acts are best for Indigenous peoples, Palmater helps us see the wrongdoing so we can become informed and be respectful change allies. Read this book to see the many faces of colonialism and to learn how truth, justice, and respect can defeat it.”
— Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
Pamela Palmater’s book Warrior Life positions readers within the fraught relationship between Canada and the Indigenous people who call Turtle Island their home. Palmater has achieved the near-impossible by clearly analyzing complex histories and politics in order to accessibly explain how the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people has become so vexing, so strained, and so harmful.
— Hamilton Review of Books (full review)
Warrior Life is a fiesty podcast hosted by renowned Mi’kmaq lawyer Dr. Pam Palmater (who IndigiNews interviewed in the heat of the lobster conflict in Mi’kmaq territories). She takes her warrior heart and pours it into this podcast where she interviews grassroots activists, Indigenous leaders, and knowledge keepers, shining light onto important topics. Warrior life is a podcast meant to support a decolonizing journey in mind, heart, bodies and spirits, by educating and connecting a larger community.
— The Star, December 2020 (full review)
Warrior Life unflinchingly dismantles the concept of Canada as a progressive and inclusive nation working to common, unified goals, holding a mirror to the hollow rhetoric of reconciliation and demanding accountability for failures to address ongoing atrocities. In short, direct segments Palmater does not ask for your interest, she demands your attention and states her case with undeniable force of will. This book sits somewhere between an exposé and a call to arms, revealing government oppression and the reality of life in a country that has frequently sought to assimilate or eradicate its Indigenous people. Particularly in the wake of the horrific discoveries of the victims of residential schools in Saskatchewan and British Columbia in recent months, Warrior Life gives strength and shape to battles that often feel overwhelming.
— Chris Martin, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Volume 34, Number 1, 2022 (full review)