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.
Bawaajimo, A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature by Margaret Noodin, discusses Anishinaabe language and literature through the works of four writers representing a range of contemporary Anishinaabe literature: Louise Erdrich, Jim Northrup, Basil Johnston and Gerald Vizenor, who share a world view, a common cultural, linguistic and literary heritage. Their works reflect patterns of identity, conscious survival, universal life and stirred thoughts respectively.
Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp, Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ writer of the Dene nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, is a book of short stories. This current work includes Aliens - the story of gentle Jimmy; Super Indians, one of who plots revenge, and Wheetago wars about finding what is lost. There are many other stories about every day lives written with insight.
Author Richard Wagamese is named the 2013 Burt Award recipient for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature for his YA novel, Indian Horse. This edition is in French. Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he's a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he's sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he'll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life he's led as a northern Ojibwe, with all its joys and sorrows.
‘Cottagers and Indians’ is about manoomin, an Anishnawbe ‘good seed’ planted around a lake and which stands above the waterline, but it is also about Gertie, Justin and Marie. The seed causes consternation with cottagers who argue that it is hampering swimming, fishing, boating and property values.
Kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly, a recent anthology is a significant contribution to Indigenous literature by Indigenous writers and storytellers. 'kisiskâciwan', which means it flows swiftly in Cree is where Saskatchewan derives its name but also expresses the sentiment of the work with the ongoing flow of traditions from past into present. This work is a search for Indigenous oral and written traditions. And while some were found in libraries and archives many others were found through conversations with storytellers, writers, elders, and artists.
'A Mind Spread Out On The Ground' is a series of related essays that form a story of pain, depression, trauma, racism and colonialism retold from Elliot's experiences. It reflects on the physical impact of oppression on the body, of loss of language, stress levels and health.This book covers contemporary issues in a humorous, yet poignant way leaving the reader in awe of these profound reflections.
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.