Memories of a Metis Settlement: Eighty Years of East Prairie Metis Settlement, with Firsthand Memories 1939 to Today published by Theytus in 2018 is a brief account of one Metis community in Alberta. Based on a 1979 publication, East Prairie Metis, 1939 to 1979, Forty Years of Determination, editor Constance Brissenden was chosen by the community to update their community history.
Two Plays About Residential School (Indigenous Education Press) honours the fearless voices of residential school survivor Larry Loyie (Cree, 1933-2016) and intergenerational survivor Vera Manuel (Secwepemc / Ktunaxa, 1949-2010). In the early 1990s, these award-winning authors wrote about their individual experiences of residential schools.
Welcome to the Circle by Larry Loyie, Cree, with Constance Brissenden, discusses the circle as an important symbol, signifying the connection of all things for many Aboriginal peoples. Within the circle, within our communities, we feel connected to others, and we know we have somewhere to turn when we need help. This short book is part of the Pearson Canada Well Aware series.
Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors, A National History EPUB honours the survivors, the former students, who attended residential schools. Designed for the general reader this accessible, history offers a first-person perspective of the residential school system in Canada, as it shares the memories of more than 70 survivors from across Canada as well as 125 archival and contemporary images (65 black & white photographs, 51 colour, some never before published).
Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors, A National History honours the survivors, the former students, who attended residential schools. Designed for the general reader this accessible, 112-page history offers a first-person perspective of the residential school system in Canada, as it shares the memories of more than 70 survivors from across Canada as well as 125 archival and contemporary images (65 black & white photographs, 51 colour, some never before published).
The Moon Speaks Cree: A Winter Adventure is the most recent chapter book from Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden, published by Theytus. Learning the universal lessons of Cree culture, young Lawrence rides his father’s long toboggan pulled by four eager dogs, invents a sliding machine that really works from his grandfather’s old steamer trunk, reconnects with his older brother and learns the secrets of winter survival from his parents and grandparents.
Tant Que Couleront Les Rivieres is the French edition of As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer Before Residential School, a poignant story for children about the joyous summer spent in northern Alberta in 1944. The story focuses on the daily routine of a ten-year-old Cree boy named Lawrence. His days are filled with family activities and personal adventures. At the beginning of summer Lawrence overhears the adults talking about how the children would have to attend a school far away and that this school was something like prison.
Goodbye Buffalo Bay is the latest book from the writing team, Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden. This chapter book tells the story of Larry Loyie's teen years when he spent his final year at residential school and then went out into the world to make a living. This novel is the sequel to As Long as the River Flow: A Last Summer Before Residential School and When the Spirits Dance. The years spent at residential school culminate in a final year spent with the priests and nuns and most importantly one's friends and siblings.
The Gathering Tree is the most recent children's book by award-winning authors Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden. The authors tackle the difficult issue of HIV/AIDS in this picture book set in a First Nations community in British Columbia. A special cousin is returning home for a community ceremony. Robert is a 21-year-old First Nations man who went to the city for his education. His younger cousins, Tyler and Shay-Lyn, look up to him as a role model for his marathon running ability. But on this visit something has changed.
When the Spirits Dance by award-winning authors Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden is a recent children's book about a Cree family during the Second World War. Larry Loyie grew up with his extended family in Rabbit Hill in northern Alberta. In 1941 when Larry was eight, the family's traditional lifestyle was interrupted as the need for an increased Canadian war effort reached Slave Lake in Alberta. The Loyie family was faced with the need for all able-bodied men to enlist in Canada's army.