Northern Wildflower is a memoir by Catherine Lafferty, Dene centred around her life in the Northwest Territories and Alberta. With a foreword by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, this is the life story of Catherine Lafferty growing up and her struggles with intergenerational trauma, discrimination, poverty, addiction, love and loss. This story is also about cultural awareness for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers.
From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle is his memoir. From being lost and alone, falling apart, living on the streets and later to reconciliation, From the Ashes is Thistle’s life story. Through four parts from 1997 to 2015 he recounts life through his stories of growing up berry picking with his Kokum in Debden, Saskatchewan; through his parents’ separation, and living rough, begging and going hungry with his father and then being in foster care.
Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not A Number is the first children's picture book by Ojibwe educator Jenny Kay Dupuis from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. This book has been translated into Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe), Nbisiing dialect by Muriel Sawyer and Geraldine McLeod and contributions by Tory Fisher. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928.
Nibi Emosaawdang / The Water Walker is a celebration of a determined Ojibwe grandmother Nokomis Josephine and her love for water nibi. After being told about the state of the world’s water and that she needed to do something about this, Nokomis was unsettled. Then she has a dream and the next morning calls her sister and women friends over to talk an idea she has. She and her friends walk to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet.
Going Back Home is the story of Noreen’s experiences before and after residential school and foster homes. Through a series of dreams, which at times appear as real life to her, Noreen tries to make sense of all that has happened to her and her family especially her siblings during and after their lives in residential school and foster homes. She questions her indecisiveness; her explicable feeling of inadequacy and her powerlessness.
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.
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 archived works by Emalene Manuel, Vera’s sister.
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age Story, the engaging, honest and thought provoking memoir by Cree author Darrel J McLeod is the 2018 Governor General English Literary Award winner for non-fiction. Mamaskatch —named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared—is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles.