Steckley is reportedly the last known speaker of the Wyandot (or Huron) language, which he has studied for over thirty years. He is also interested in place names as derived from indigenous languages, and aims to correct common misconceptions regarding their original derivations.
Steckley has become a deeply respected figure amongst the Wyandot. On his adoption into the Wyandot tribe in 1999, he was named Tehaondechoren ("he who splits the country in two"). He was also given the name "Hechon" by descendants of the Huron in Loretteville, Quebec City, while teaching them their own historical language. This was a name that had previously been given to Jean de Brébeuf (1593–1649), one of the North American Martyrs, by his Huron and Wyandot followers.
- Full Circle: Canada's First Nations (2001)
- Aboriginal Voices and the Politics of Representation in Canadian Introductory Sociology Textbooks (2003)
- A Huron-English / English-Huron Dictionary, Listing Both Nouns and Verb Roots (2007)
- Elements of Sociology: A Critical Canadian Introduction (with Guy Letts) (2008)
- Beyond Their Years: Five Native Women's Stories (2011)
- Learning from the Past: Five Cases of Aboriginal Justice (2013)
- Foundations of Sociology (2014)
- The Eighteenth-Century Wyandot: A Clan-Based Study (2014)
- Gibbons: The Invisible Apes (2015)
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- Reist, Michael, Member of the tribe: Meet Boltonite John Steckley, author and honorary member of the Huron Tribe Archived 15 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine., The Caledon Enterprise & Erin Advocate, 28 January 2008
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- Steckley, John, A Huron-English / English-Huron Dictionary, Listing Both Nouns and Verb Roots (Mellen, 2007) ISBN 0-7734-5258-3
- Steckley, John (2015-06-09). Gibbons: The Invisible Apes. Rock's Mills Press. ISBN 9781772440072.
- John Steckley, at Humber School for Writers Literary Agency
- Biography and book description for Gibbons: The Invisible Apes
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