Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) Launching Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems

nêhiyaw (Cree) laws are shared and passed down through oral tradition and land­based use, utilizing stories, songs, ceremonies, and other sacred rites. Colonization has dramatically caused the heart­breaking loss of Indigenous languages, customs, and inherent systems. This has necessitated a departure from oral tradition to record and write the physical laws of the nêhiyawak. The spiritual laws can never be written down. As a result, this book is the first of its kind.

Sylvia McAdam, a co­founder of the international movement Idle No More, shares nêhiyaw laws so generations of nêhiyaw and non­Indigenous people may understand and live by them to revitalize Indigenous nationhood. Readers will gain an understanding of and insight into the thoughts and worldview of nêhiyawak before and during the Treaty making process. It is McAdam's dream, shared by many, that freedom, liberation, and self-­determination will lead Indigenous peoples away from the pain of genocide and colonialism.

Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) is a nêhiyaw woman, a citizen of the nêhiyaw Nation, who holds a Juris Doctorate (LL.B) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor’s of Human Justice (B.H.J) from the University of Regina. She is a recipient of the Carol Geller Human Rights Award, Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers Award, Social Justice Award, 2014 Global Citizen Award, and has received several eagle feathers from Indigenous communities. She remains active in the global grassroots Indigenous led resistance called “Idle No More”.


March 05, 2015 at 7pm - 10pm
McNally Robinson Booksellers