UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Initiations: A Selection of Young Native Writings is the 2007 publication of the Aboriginal Youth Challenge writing competition's winning entries. These 21 essays, poetic prose, fiction, non-fiction, biography, and poetry are written by accomplished Aboriginal youth over the three years of the Dominion Institute's Our Story Writing Challenge. The youth were given the general task of writing a narrative that portrayed a moment in time of First Nations history. The age categories were 14-18 and 19-29. The writings are moving, intriguing, challenging, and heart-felt. The essays discuss the potlatch tradition, residential school, roles of men and women, band council elections, hunting, identity, sovereignty, repatriation, and land reclamation or land claims. Three related stories revolve around the history and present-day politics of the Six Nations of the Grand River community. Sara General, Alicia Elliott, and Joe Restoule General tackled the present-day issue of land reclamation as each writer finds a link to the past and connects to the present situation with their own unique experiences. Others authors include: Kelsea Northrop Donovan (Fort Smith, NT), Denise Marie Williams (Port Coquitlam, BC), Trisha Redman (Armstrong, BC), Kyle G. Wilson (Gitxsan Nation, Prince George, BC), Cory Cappo (Saulteaux, Edenwold, SK), Chantelle Cheekinew (Cree, Regina, SK), Caitlyn Therrien (Port Coquitlam, BC), Tony Liske (Dene Dogrib, Yellowknife, NT), Nicholas Printup (Ottawa, ON), Candace Brunette (Cree, Toronto, ON), Kerissa M. Dickie (Slavey, Victoria, BC), Amanda Wapass-Griffin (Cree, Saskatoon, SK), Jessica Yarrow (Belleville, ON), Nicole Munro (Siksika Nation, Bassano, AB), Sable Sweetgrass (Kainai Nation, Calgary, AB) and RÚal CarriÚre (Cree, Cumberland House, SK). The overall collection is a strong statement about the wealth of talent among First Nations youth and their brief biographies at the end of the book only reinforce this belief. This collection fits nicely into the Ontario Native Studies courses at the secondary level as each story or essay brings a chance to utilize a First Nation contemporary voice into classroom discussions. Highly recommended.