Release Date: April 15, 2015
Sylvia McAdam is hoping her new book, Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems will bring back the warrior woman. But the definition of a successful warrior isn’t what you’d might think it is.
“The highest accomplishment a warrior can achieve is peace,” said McAdam. And she is no stranger to the concept of a peaceful warrior as she is a cofounder of the world-wide movement of Idle No More which calls for on its web-site: “a peaceful revolution, to honour Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water.” McAdam has more recently voiced her resistance to violence against women along with her Idle No More cofounders and asked for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. But integral in a solution, she says, is involvement of Indigenous women in the solution as was done historically before contact.
In her book she shares nêhiyaw laws so that future generations, both nêhiyaw and non-Indigenous people, may understand and live by them to revitalize Indigenous nationhood. Nationhood is about land, language, and culture. Understanding and gaining an awareness of Indigenous laws will provide insight into the thoughts and worldview of Indigenous people before and during the numbered Treaty making process, and help create a harmonious society for all.
“When women are valued like they were in our culture before contact our nationhood becomes stronger. Something is shifting and the community is feeling more empowered. All around the world and many times over when the women rise up, this is what happens. And this shift can be seen in the power of women that created Idle No More. We need to believe in ourselves and not be silent. Even if you have to sing your resistance to do it,” she said.
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