In 2018, Kathy Mallett was funded by the Manitoba Research Alliance to develop a course that aligned with the Indigenous Archives project. In the fall of 2023, the first Indigenous Resistance and Institutional Development in Winnipeg course was offered through the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies, cross-listed with the departments of History and Indigenous Studies.
As Kathy Mallett and Shauna MacKinnon were developing the syllabus, they struggled to find articles written by Indigenous people. Serendipitously, Lorena Fontaine, UWinnipeg Indigenous Studies and Academic Lead on Indigenization, mentioned in a casual conversation the need for a written account of the history of Indigenous women-led work in Winnipeg. Lorena’s mother, Doris Young, was involved in the development of the Native Women’s Transition Centre (now Indigenous Women’s Healing Centre). The idea grew to put together an edited collection that could be used as a textbook for the Indigenous Resistance and Institutional Development course. The late John Loxley worked closely with Kathy Mallett on the Indigenous Archives project and had also agreed to participate in the project.
Indigenous Resistance & Development in Winnipeg 1960-2000 explores the grassroots organizing, resistance and community development in this prairie city. Co-written by Indigenous activists and academics, and edited by Kathy Mallett and Shauna MacKinnon, this book is a pioneer in recounting the stories of Indigenous resistance in the urban space.
Exploring the rich historical grounding of Indigenous peoples grassroots organizing developed through resistance and community work, Indigenous Resistance & Development in Winnipeg 1960-2000 traces Indigenous city development through the decades, encompassing generations of Indigenous community organizers. It is the first book that recounts Winnipeg history exclusively through the impactful development and resistance work of Indigenous people and organizations.