Bearskin Diary: A Novel is the 2017-2018 title selected as the winner for First Nation Communities READ. Carol Daniels is the author and the publisher is Nightwood Editions. Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced, at a time when movements like Idle No More call for a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
From one of Canada's most recognized poets, Witness, I Am delves into the critical issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women through the retelling of an atayohkewin, a Cree Sacred Story; builds on the autobiographical arc of Gregory Scofield's eight collections of poetry; and reimagines Metis identity and belonging as contemporary sound poetry, weaving the personal and universal into a tapestry of sharp poetic luminosity. Longlisted title on the 2017 First Nation Communities Read program.
The Red Files is inspired by family and archival sources, Lisa Bird-Wilson assembles scraps of a history torn apart by colonial violence. The poetry collection takes its name from the federal government's complex organizational structure of residential schools archives, which are divided into black files and red files. In vignettes clear as glass beads, her poems offer affection to generations of children whose presence within the historic record is ghostlike, anonymous and ephemeral.
Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors, A National History EPUB honours the survivors, the former students, who attended residential schools. Designed for the general reader this accessible, history offers a first-person perspective of the residential school system in Canada, as it shares the memories of more than 70 survivors from across Canada as well as 125 archival and contemporary images (65 black & white photographs, 51 colour, some never before published).
Glass Beads, a book of twenty short stories that interconnect the friendships of four First Nations people - Everett Kaiswatim, Nellie Gordon, Julie Papequash, and Nathan (Taz) Mosquito. The collection evolves over two decades against the cultural, political, and historical backdrop of the 90s and early 2000s. These young people are among the first of their families to live off the reserve for most of their adult lives, and must adapt and evolve.
He Who Dreams by Cree/Scottish author is a new hi/lo title from Orca Publishers. Juggling soccer, school, friends and family leaves John with little time for anything else. But one day at the local community center, following the sound of drums, he stumbles into an Indigenous dance class. Before he knows what's happening, John finds himself stumbling through beginner classes with a bunch of little girls, skipping soccer practice and letting his other responsibilities slide.
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices is a visually stunning, and thought-provoking anthology featuring the work 64 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists. 46 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American established and first-time authors, musicians, poets, filmmakers, photographers and creative thinkers all considering identity, authentic voice, and honesty. This collection, published by Annick Press, marks a turning point in Aboriginal young-adult creative non-fiction.
Ojibwa: People of Forests and Prairies is a 160-page reference title about the Anishinaabe peoples. The author's approach is standard anthropological and historical but offers a wealth of colour images, maps, archival images, and references. The volume begins with an introduction to the languages, geography, and life prior to European contact. Historical contact period covers the War of 1812 and the signing of treaties between the people and the British, Americans, and Canadians.
The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir is the 2017 new edition of Joseph Auguste Merasty's memoir. Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in Sturgeon Landing, Saskatchewan, from 1935 to 1944. He now lives in Prince Albert, Now a retired fisherman and trapper, the author was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of aggressive assimilation.