In 'Metis Pioneers' MacKinnon compares the survival strategies of two Métis women - Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed born during the fur trade – one from the French-speaking free trade tradition and one from the English-speaking Hudson’s Bay Company tradition – who settled in southern Alberta as the fur trade declined in favour of paper trade and a changing social landscape. Born of family involved in the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company respectively this is the story of their French-Metis and Anglo-Metis lives.
Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, Labrador Innu cultural and environmental activist, is well known within and beyond the Innu Nation. She is the recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and has an honorary doctorate from Memorial University. This book began as her diary, written in Innu-aimun, with entries from 1987 to 2016, offering a detailed account of her day-to-day life, as well as reflections on Innu land, politics, culture and history. The diary was also a way for her to prepare speeches, court appearances and interviews.
KC Adams, social-practice artist and photographer, highlights the social-political issues using the interaction of the audience. ‘Perception: A Photo Series’ has sparked conversations about racism by emphasizing the injustice towards the original people of this land. The lack of confrontation allows viewers to react and ponder their own prejudices and gives voice to the participants showing the audience that they are staring into the eyes of human beings that deserve respect. Adams’ art was seen on posters, bus shelters, and billboards around Winnipeg from March to June 2015.
‘Honouring the Strength of Indian Women’ is a combination of many efforts inspired by Vera Manuel. Manuel’s dramatherapy groups generated several scripts and selected poems, plays, photos, short stories were collated by University of Manitoba Press First Voices, First Texts and The People and the Text project, from protected and archives works by Emalene Manuel, Vera’s sister.
‘No Surrender: The Land Remains Indigenous’ is an analysis of the federal government of Canada’s steadfast wedding to the written texts of Treaties, especially Treaty One to Treaty Seven and their context. Krasowski’s work discusses how the government has reneged on its fiduciary Treaty obligations and done little to reach a common understanding with Treaty First Nations that reflect oral accounts in order to acknowledge the original intent of the Treaty Relationship.
This is the fourth in a Dreadful Water Mystery series by award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. This novel about Thumps, Claire and the cat and local characters from Chinook is centred around a true crime reality TV show. Written in an engaging way this novel draws the reader into the lives of the TV crew and locals while also weaving a murder mystery casually through the story. This is a clever, amusing book that will make you want to read the whole series again.
This Place: 150 Years Retold is a 296-page graphic novel anthology just released in April 2019 by Highwater Press. A graphic anthology with a forward by Alicia Elliott, that showcases 11 Indigenous writers, eight illustrators, and two colour artists. It presents Canadian history over the last 150 years from multiple viewpoints, including Métis, Inuit, Dene, Cree, Anishinaabe, and Mi’kmaq. The anthology is visually captivating.
Moon of the Crusted Snow is an exciting novel from Ojibwe journalist Waubgeshig Rice about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of people living on a northern Ontario First Nation. The book offers a unique perspective of the looming apocalypse as the electricity stops along with cell service and food supplies are running low in the local grocery store. Without warning one fall day the community awakes to find small changes to their daily routines. Set on a contemporary reserve the main characters feature Evan Whitesky, his partner Nicole and their two young children.
The Creator's Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood charts the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities and how it's contributed to Indigenous identity formation despite the game’s appropriation by non-Indigenous sport. Allan Downey, an assistant professor of history at McGill University. He is is Dakelh, Nak’azdli Whut’en and in addition to teaching he works with Indigenous youth, and he splits his time volunteering for a number of Indigenous communities and youth organizations throughout the year.