ohpikinâwasowin/Growing a Child: Implementing Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Indigenous Families is edited by Ralph Bodor; Avery Calhoun; Leona Makokis, Elder and member of the Kehewin Cree Nation; and Stephanie Tyler. In ohpikinâwasowin/Growing a Child contributors to this collection invert the long-held, colonial relationship between Indigenous peoples and systems of child welfare in Canada. Western theory and practice are over-represented in child welfare services for Indigenous peoples, not the other way around.
The Circle of Caring and Sharing by Theresa 'Corky' Larsen-Jonasson, a Cree/Danish Metis Elder with roots in Red Deer and Maskwacis First Nations, edited by Allison Parker, and illustrated by Jessika Von Innerebner, is an adaption of the The Sharing Circle. When two foxes, who are best friends, have a fight it upsets the whole community of animals. Kokom the Owl knows just what to do and brings together all the animals and holds a Sharing Circle.
Colonialism's Currency: Money, State, and First Nations of Canada, 1820-1950 by Brian Gettler, is about how money, often portrayed as a straightforward representation of market value, is also a political force, a technology for remaking space and population. This was especially true in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Canada, where money - in many forms - provided an effective means of disseminating colonial social values, laying claim to national space, and disciplining colonized peoples.
The Red Chesterfield by Wayne Arthurson, a writer of Cree and French Canadian descent, is the story of M who is a bylaw officer. He lives with his brothers, in their parent’s old house. On his way to investigate a suspicious yard sale, he discovers a red chesterfield sitting in a ditch. Looking closer, he finds a running shoe-and a severed foot.
This Place: 150 Years Retold includes a variety of historical and contemporary stories that highlight important moments in Indigenous and Canadian history. It introduces students to the unique demographic, historical, and cultural legacy of Indigenous communities, and explores acts of sovereignty and resiliency.
Black Water is David Alexander Robertson's autobiography. The son of a Cree father and a non-Indigenous mother, David A. Robertson was raised with virtually no knowledge or understanding of his family’s Indigenous roots. His father, Don, spent his early childhood on a trapline in the bush northeast of Norway House, Manitoba, where his first teach was the land. When his family was moved permanently to a nearby reserve, Don was not permitted to speak Cree at school unless in secret with his friends and lost the knowledge he had been gifted while living on his trapline.
The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills, Cree, is the story of Shelly and her grandmother who catch ghosts. In their hair. Just like all the women in their family, they can see souls who haven’t transitioned yet; it’s their job to help the ghosts along their journey. When Shelly’s mom dies suddenly, Shelly’s relationship to ghosts—and death—changes. Instead of helping spirits move on, Shelly starts hoarding them. But no matter how many ghost cats, dogs, or people she hides in her room, Shelly can’t ignore the one ghost that’s missing. Why hasn’t her mom’s ghost come home yet?
mahikan ka-onot by Duncan Mercredi, who was born in Misipawistik (Grand Rapids) Manitoba to a Métis father and Cree mother; and edited by Warren Cariou, who was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan into a family of Métis and European heritage. is a collection of Duncan Mercredi's poems from 1991 to recent unpublished poems.
Awâsis et la délicieuse bannique by Dallas Hunt, a teacher, writer, and member of Wapisewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta; and illustrated by Amanada Strong, a Michif Indigenous filmmaker, media artist and stop-motion director based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia. Awâsis et la délicieuse bannique: Oh non! Awâsis perd les délicieuses banniques toutes fraîches de Kôhkum. Ne sachant que faire, elle décide de demander de l’aide à ses amis les animaux. Quelles aventures s’apprête-t-elle à vivre?
Storying Violence: Unravelling Colonial Narratives in the Stanley Trial is written by Gina Starblanket, Cree/Saulteaux and a member of the Star Blanket Cree Nation in Treaty 4 territory; and Dallas Hunt, Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. Storying Violence uses colonial and socio-political narratives that underlie white rural settler life to discuss the fatal shooting of Cree youth Colten Boushie by Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in August of 2016.