Wild Waters is Larry Loyie’s, Cree, exploration of the little-known side of the fur trade, the side of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Canadien (French Canadian) paddlers who powered the canoes. After seeing his four times great-grandfather’s name, Tomma, in Chief Trader Archibald McDonald’s 1828 journal, Larry, with partner and co-author Constance Brissenden, began researching and writing about a challenging canoe voyage from Montreal to Hudson Bay, and then on to the Pacific.
Pocket Cree, Ininiimowin: A Phrasebook for Nearly All Occasions, is translated by Ken Paupanekis and the cover design is by Patricia Ningewance as well as the Preface. This book has 11 sections and covers the following: On arrival from the airport; On the phone; Visiting the Community; At a conference; At the school; At the store or casino; At the hospital; Police; In the courtroom; Social workers; In the bush. It includes place names and a glossary. This book can be used by anyone who does not speak the language but would like to know appropriate phrases and exchanges.
Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer - was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School and is the author of Blue Marrow. The voices of Blue Marrow sing out from the past and the present. They are the voices of the Grandmothers, both personal and legendary. They share their wisdom, their lives, their dreams. They proclaim the injustice of colonialism, the violence of proselytism, and the horrors of the residential school system with an honesty that cuts to the marrow.
Since 1990, Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe’s work has stood out as essential testimony to Indigenous experiences within the ongoing history of colonialism and the resilience of Indigenous storytellers. Sôhkêyihta includes searing poems, written across the expanse of Halfe’s career, aimed at helping readers move forward from the darkness into a place of healing.
Cort Dogniez’s Road to La Prairie Ronde, takes the reader on an imagined journey of his ancestor, Frederick Dumont, from his home in Batoche to the Métis settlement of La Prairie Ronde, known today as Round Prairie. Frederick was a relative of the famous Métis leader, Gabriel Dumont. Frederick’s journey takes place just a few years prior to the tragic events of the 1885 Resistance.This charming coming-of-age story focuses on young Frederick learning valuable lessons from his family as he begins his own journey from boyhood to manhood.
Call Me Indian: From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL's First Treaty Indigenous Player is Fred Sasakamoose's (Cree) groundbreaking memoir. This isn't just a hockey story - this memoir sheds piercing light on Canadian history and Indigenous politics,and follows this extraordinary man's journey to reclaim pride in an identity and a heritage that had previously been used against him.
"Iskotew Iskwew/Fire Woman" is a poetry collection written during a period of trauma when Francine Merasty, the author and a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation was working as a Counsel to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2017. This book is about memories and experience growing up on the Pelican Narrows Reserve in northern Saskatchewan in the 1980s: summers spent on the land and the pain of residential school.
NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field by Billy-Ray Belcourt, (he/him) is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. NDN Coping Mechanisms is a provocative, powerful, and genre-bending new work that uses the modes of accusation and interrogation. Belcourt aims an anthropological eye at the realities of everyday life to show how they house the violence that continues to reverberate from the long twentieth century.
Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story, 10th Anniversary special edition is the timeless graphic novel that introduced the world to the awe-inspiring resilience of Betty Ross, and shared her story of strength, family, and culture. A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school.