Two Roads is a historical fiction novel set in America in 1932 and narrated by 12-year old youth Cal Blackbird who is travelling across the countryside with his father. The pair calls themselves knights of the road, hobos following an ethical code, who ride the rails searching for their next meal, odd jobs, and a safe place to sleep. Renowned Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac has crafted a remarkable tale about a father and son who are searching for a new home after the loss of Cal’s mother and their beloved family farm.
Split Tooth by Inuk musician Tanya Tagaq is a compelling combination of journal entries, poetry and short stories that offers a new voice to the growing field of Indigenous literature. Reading like a coming of age narrative about a young girl who covers traditional stories about animals and the Arctic environment, impacts of residential school, the role of family, drug and alcohol abuse, violence against women and children, and teen pregnancy, this book has made a significant contribution to the literary world.
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, The Illustrated is the 2017 of Cherokee author Thomas King's 2012 publication. This illustrated edition contains more than 150 images including archival and contemporary photographs, historic and recent paintings, advertisements, photos taken by Tom King, maps and artifacts enhance and illuminate the engaging text.
Wenjack by acclaimed author Joseph Boyden joins Gord Downie's Secret Path acknowledging the truth behind the tragic loss of a residential child in 1966. Chanie Wenjack's story is presented as a 112-page fictionalized novella told through the eyes of Chanie and the animals who watch his struggle to reach home by following the railroad tracks. The brief chapters are presented by simple sketches by artist Kent Monkman. These spiritual creatures are sucker fish, crow, hummingbird, owl, mouse skull, pike, spider, wood tick, beaver, snow goose, rabbit, and lynx.
The Comeback: How Aboriginals are Reclaiming Power and Influence by John Ralston Saul, identified as Canada’s leading public intellectual presents a wide-ranging account of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada today. Historic moments are always uncomfortable, Saul writes in this impassioned argument, calling on all of us to embrace and support the comeback of Aboriginal peoples. This, he says, is the great issue of our time--the most important missing piece in the building of Canada.
A 2015 Shortlist Title for First Nation Communities Read - Jordan Tootoo plays Right Wing for the NHL Detroit Red Wings, and has also played for Detroit's central division rival, the Nashville Predators. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, he is both the first Inuk player and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to participate in the NHL. Tootoo worked with Stephen Brunt, former columnist at the Globe and Mail in telling his life story. Unfortunately the publisher has allowed the explicit language of a locker room to seep into this important story of determination, courage, and hard work.
Prudence: A Novel by by Ojibwe author David Treuer is a haunting and unforgettable novel about love, loss, race, and desire in World War 2 America. On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn returns to his family's rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he joins the war as a bombardier, headed for the darkened skies over Europe.
Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths by retired crown prosecutor Rupert Ross is the much-anticipated third volume in his series about Aboriginal justice and healing. Following up on his previous books, Dancing with a Ghost and Returning to the Teachings, this 2014 publication shares his lessons learned from years of involvement with the northern Ontario criminal justice system and Aboriginal peoples understanding of justice and healing.
2015 Shortlist Title for First Nation Communities Read. Jordan Tootoo plays Right Wing for the NHL Detroit Red Wings, and has also played for Detroit’s central division rival, the Nashville Predators. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, he is both the first Inuk player and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to participate in the NHL. Tootoo worked with Stephen Brunt, former columnist at the Globe and Mail in telling his life story.
The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet is a human story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec—where she was raised by a single parent and grandmother and travelled by dog team in a traditional, ice-based Inuit hunting culture—to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world.