Chief Lightning Bolt is a fascinating historical fiction novel of the Mi'kmaq written by renowned Mikmaw historian and activist Daniel N. Paul. Best known for his account of the Mi'kmaq, We Were Not the Savages, this novel gives readers an account of the people and their worldview during the fifteenth century just prior to the onslaught of European military and settlers to their homeland.
A Walk on the Tundra written by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler for Inhabit Media is a 40-page picture book featuring a bored young Inuk girl who is waiting for her friends to come out of their homes to play. She carelessly throws away her empty pop can into the ditch wondering what she will do while waiting for her friends. Then she sees her grandmother out walking. Grandmother asks her to join her on the walk to pick plants for medicines and tea. As the two walk on the tundra grandmother shows her granddaughter the helpful tundra's colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens.
The Muskox and the Caribou is a 32-page picture book about a young muskox that becomes separated from his herd and his mother. But he is found by a young caribou and his mother becoming part of the caribou herd. Mother caribou felt concern for this young animal and she brought him into her herd taking care of him and encouraging her caribou son to play with the muskox. Days passed and muskox grew larger and his differences among the young caribou grew more visible. One day when mother caribou was searching for the muskox herd she came across a few muskox in the distance.
Rez Rebel is the 2017 young adult novel by author Melanie Florence. In this book she writes with clarity and honesty about teen suicides in First Nations communities. Set in a fictionalized Cree reserve, main character Floyd Twofeathers, finds that his home community is undergoing devastating change and loss as young adults have attempted and succeeded suicide. His parents have their own approach that threatens to send his father into a depression.
Soapstone Porcupine written by Jeff Pinkney is an 88-page early chapter book from Orca Book Publishers. Two brothers from a James Bay Cree community one day encounter a stray dog. They give this dog the name Atim (dog) and their new pet remains with the family. But an unfortunate encounter with a porcupine leaves the dog in distress. One brother wants to hunt the porcupine and kill it but the younger brother does not want to take this action.
Pride & Rezjudice: An Adaptation is a lighthearted retelling of a classic love story from an Indigenous perspective. Elizabeth Benedict lives with her parents and sisters on Smoke River First Nation. Intelligent, creative and passionate about language learning, Elizabeth dreams of leaving her community to pursue a career in the arts. When she’s accepted into the fine arts program of a renowned university, the pieces of her future appear to fall neatly into place. But Elizabeth’s plans are thrown up in the air when Charles Bingley and the handsome and infuriating Mr.
Annie Muktuk and Other Stories includes 16 short stories that deal with the lives of Inuit characters with themes of everyday life, racism, colonialism, illness, rape and abuse at residential school, trauma, love and grief. Characters express their loves, loss, humour, addictions, anger and fears in these simply told stories. Raw dialogue and brutal sexuality, tender scenes of a loving couple are explored in the first person.
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women is compiled and edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy for Annick Press in a similar format of their preceding volume Dreaming in Indian. The work of 58 Indigenous women from the USA and Canada contribute to this collection of art, photography, poetry, memoir, blog segments, essays, opinion pieces, interviews, and news articles have been organized into four sections: The Ties that Bind Us; It Could Have Been Me; I Am Not Your Princess; and Pathfinders.