Rooted in the historical displacement and relocation of members of the Chemawawin First Nation from their Ancestral homeland, The Move is a bilingual story of two Cree Elders adjusting to life in their new environment. The story presents two contrasting landscapes of the old community—the homeland of the Chemawawin People—and the new community of Easterville, which at first appears barren and lifeless. Gradually, the couple begins to incorporate their old customs and traditions into their current surroundings. Family members begin to visit, and eventually nature begins to bloom all around them. Through traditional Cree storytelling techniques and vivid imagery, the new landscape springs to life and becomes a true community, filled with life and happiness.
Doris George is a Cree educator. She is the principal of Chemawawin Schools in Easterville, Manitoba, where she also taught Cree language. Don K. Philpot is an educator specializing in Cree language structures and use, language and literacy education, and children’s literature. Alyssa Koski is an illustrator and member of the Kainai Nation.
2022 Governor General's Literary Awards for young people's literature, illustrated books finalist.