One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by Richard Wagamese, Ojibway, and from the Wabaseemoong First Nation, was penned by Richard Wagamese and minimally edited by his publisher. In One Drum, Richard Wagamese finished his interpretation of the first three foundational teachings of the Seven Grandfathers Teachings: humility, courage, and respect. His interpretation of love, honesty, truth and wisdom will forever remain a mystery. These seven fundamental Anishinawbe truths in the Ojibway tradition recognize the principles required to live a good life, in a good way.
The Train is written by Jodie Callaghan, a Mi’gmaq woman from Listuguj First Nation in Gespegewa’gi near Quebec. The Train is illustrated by Georgia Lesley. This is story of a young girl, Ashley who is slowly walking back from school when she meets her Uncle. He is sad. He tells Ashley his story of first going to residential school and the important lesson of knowing where you come from. This story is colourfully illustrated yet invokes the sadness that Ashley and her Uncle feel. It is also descriptive with a short glossary of Mig’maq words.
Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is written and illustrated by Joanne Robertson and translated by Shirley Williams and Isadore Toulouse. Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and author and illustrator of The Water Walker. Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is for babies and toddlers and in both English and Anishinaabemowin. This book is written from an Anishinaabe water protector's perspective. There are many words associated with the importance of water - rain, snow, splashing, drinking and our role to thank, respect and protect Nibi. Nibi is water and water is life.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
The Song Within My Heart is now available in paperback and is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
Neekah's Knitting Needles is a delightful story about learning to knit in the Cowichan style based on the knitting of Cowichan people from near Port Alberni. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles, the knittling style is based on the work of Odelia Smith from Tsartlip First Nation near Victoria, B.C. Coast Salish knitting is also part of a National Film Board documentary, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters. Sheena Lot is a picture book illustrator and has won numerous awards for her work. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles Neekah is finally old enough to learn to knit.
Les Six Cèdres / The Six Cedar Trees is a 24-page French edition of the same book and offers key traditional teachings connecting people’s relationships with the land. Near the school playground there were six tall cedar trees and as eagle flew among the trees he listened carefully to the messages each tree shared about its life and connection to the creatures living in the area of the Tsawwassen First Nation of British Columbia. Each tree provided a teaching such as the wolf’s communication strength that comes from cooperating, listening with respect and sharing.
Neekna and Chemai first published by Theytus Books in 1984 was reprinted for the third time in 2018. Written by renowned Okanagan author and scholar Jeannette Armstrong with illustrations by Okanagan artist Barbara Marchand this book is designed to appeal to elementary level readers. Part story and picture book this title contains factual information about the Okanagan Nation prior to the contact period. Told from the perspective of two friends, Neekna and Chemai recount the seasonal rounds of their families living on the land in the British Columbia interior.
Perception: A Photo Series is a collection of 32 thought-provoking black and white images of First Nation, Inuit and Métis men and women living in Winnipeg during 2014. This photography and book project was inspired by racist comments made by a non-Indigenous political candidate about Indigenous people. These comments indicated a level of racial discrimination remained active and commonplace in this large urban centre. KC Adams set to work to photograph Indigenous people who volunteered to pose for two photographs.