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Red River College Authors

March 5, 2014


Several Red River College Instructors, Staff, Students and Alumni have written and published books in the past.  In our current Notre Dame Campus Library window display, we proudly present some of these works.  Check it out!

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Here is a small sample of the items currently on display:

Gift ecology : remaining a sustainable world

Gift ecology remaining a sustainable worldAuthor: Peter Denton (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis:In this thought-provoking work, Peter Denton argues that the attitudes and values associated with the economics of exchange are in part to blame for our current situation. We need to rediscover what it means to live in a universe of relations, not merely in one that can be counted and measured. The more we are able to replace an economy based on transactions with an ecology based on gifts, the more likely a sustainable future becomes for all of Earth’s children.


Global citizen : river of love & other essays

GlobalCitizenCover250Author: Stan Chung (Red River College Staff)
Synopsis: Global Citizen came to fruition as a newspaper column in October of 2006. I chose the title because global citizenship is a seductive yet contradictory term. Some prefer the concept because it recognizes the transnational character of our problems. If our problems cross national boundaries, then surely solutions require a mobilization beyond national scope. However this transnational view of the world is problematic for the average citizen. While we know that many economic, social, and environmental issues require collaborative solutions, it remains difficult for thoughtful people to know what to do. Should we look to keep our own doorways swept clean as Goethe suggests, or go across the ocean and get busy on someone else’s doorway? To be a global citizen may sound like good thing but how exactly does one choose to behave? How do you make a difference to people who are uneducated, malnourished, victimized by patriarchy and colonialization, make destitute by desertifcation, without becoming seduced by our own colonizing tendancies? Will our actions make a difference? Or is the concept of individual action just another way in which true power and authority divert us from the truth? (From the author)


In search of the blue lotus : a feminist counter-narrative to the dominant hegemonic disourse

blue lotusAuthor: Sandra Sukhan (Red River College Staff)
Synopsis: Many of us move from childhood to adulthood without much thought of how the events of our childhood impact our lives today. Some memories are happy; others sad or traumatic. Some we remember – childhood play days, the earthy smell of rain after a dry spell, and the feeling a new mother gets when she holds her baby; others we wish to or choose to forget – thick black smoke from riots, feelings of fear because of death threats, and the uncertainty of life in another country. In this very personal diary, Sandra, through a first-person reflexive narrative, shares some of her memories of growing up in a politically charged time of Guyana’s fight for independence in the 1960s, her immigration to Canada for an arranged marriage at the age of 16, her life as a journeyperson hairstylist, and her scholarly trajectory toward a doctoral degree. She shares her growing awareness of some of the issues that affected and impacted her life – issues such as racism, gender, democracy, freedom, class struggles, privileges, unequal power relations, resistance to colonial politics, and ultimately her own complicity in, and efforts to challenge the normative discourse of the dominant ideology.


Saults & Pollard to Pollard Banknote: a century in print

Author: Dave Williamson (Former Red River College Staff)
Synopsis: The year 2007 marks the 100th anniversary of Pollard Banknote Limited. It’s unusual for a family-owned company to last that long; it’s even more remarkable that it has grown so dramatically in the last twenty years. Beginning as a general printer called Saults & Pollard, the company has become one of the world’s largest printers of lottery tickets, supplying customers all over the globe. From its humble start in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Pollard has earned an enviable international reputation for security and integrity. Four generations of Pollards have presided over astounding growth, but, as this history shows, the company’s success was made possible by the dedication of the people who work there.


Construction estimating : professional reference

Construction estimatingAuthor: Adam Ding (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis:The DEWALT Construction Estimating Professional Reference guide is essential in helping the professional successfully bid on construction projects. Based on real-life experience in bidding hundreds of different types of jobs, this guide walks through every step of the bidding process — from receiving a set of drawings to the post-bid review.


Finding Gloria

finding gloriaAuthor: Marianne Curtis (Red River College Graduate)
Synopsis: It tells the story of a woman given up at birth and adopted by a family who eventually settles in Southern Manitoba. Finding Gloria exposes the author’s upbringing in an abusive home where she was beaten and starved, until she runs away. As a ward of Child and Family Services, the author struggles to find herself after years of emotional and physical abuse. … Finding Gloria chronicles the authors rise out of the ashes of abject misery to the point of discovering that everything she grew up believing about herself was lies. Only she could change her future into a glori-ous life of her own choosing, whatever that may be.


From fire to flood : a history of theatre in Manitoba

Kevin LongfieldAuthor: Kevin Longfield (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis:From Fire to Flood explores how Manitoba theatre got to where it is today, and why it didn’t go somewhere else. It examines Manitoba theatre from its beginnings, placing theatre in its social and historical context. A key question is how our theatrical past can help us complete the final piece of the puzzle: a unified, indigenous theatre that explains us to ourselves and to the rest of the world.


Sacred learning : establishing a model for Native education

Sacred learning  establishing a model for Native educationAuthor: Anita L. Keith (Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis: At present, the future of Native North American education is in crisis. many return to the mainstream educational system where they are provided with the same curriculum content that once failed them. First Nations children, like all other children, are gifted learners, and educators are beginning to recognize that the process of learning is critically important. In Sacred Learning, Anita Keith puts forth a vision to ensure that our First Nations children have access to an education characterized by excellence of instruction and appropriate academic content. It must also be provided in a safe and culturally relevant learning environment that is grounded in the traditions, teaching and holistic approach of the Native knowledge and that respects the vision of tribal communities.



Tatsea4Author: Armin Wiebe (Former Red River College Instructor)
Synopsis: Winner of the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards). Set in Canada’s Subarctic in the late 1700s, a time when the Dogrib people were under constant threat of attack by raiders supplied with European weapons. After Ikotsali saves Tatsea and her father following a huntingaccident, Tatsea is obliged to marry their strange-looking rescuer. One day when Ikotsali is away from camp, raiders arrive and kill everyone. The only lives spared are those of Tatsea, who is captured, and their infant daughter, whom she has hidden. When Ikotsali returns to find the carnage, the story of their struggle to survive and be reunited begins.