In Distorted Descent: White Claims of Indigenous Identity, Darryl Leroux explores the specifics of a social phenomena - a shifting of identity - where otherwise white, French descendants in Canada identity as Indigenous based on their Indigenous ancestors born between 300 and 375 years ago and representing about 200 000 people.
Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline, Metis, is the story of Joan on her way to Arcane in the Georgian Bay area by way of New Orleans with Victor., the love of her life. The Rogarou has been seen on the roads near Arcane and is the topic of conversation around the kitchen table with Joan’s grandmother, mother, aunties and cousins and is to be avoided at all costs. When Victor goes missing after an argument with Joan she becomes depressed but doesn't give up her search for him. It's when she steps inside a revival tent that she gets her biggest break.
The North-West is Our Mother by Jean Teillet, great-grandniece of Louis Riel is the story of Louis Riel’s people, the Métis Nation of the Canadian North-West. The Métis Nation are a new Indigenous people descended from First Nations and Europeans and their narrative is missing as Indigenous peoples of Canada. This was first discussed in 1909 by the Old Wolves. Questions such as who are the Métis, what makes them a Nation, where they are, and their Indian ancestry are all answered in this book, which covers the period from the 1790s to 2018.
tawâw, progressive Indigenous cuisine, by Shane Chartrand, Cree/Metis/Mi'kmaw, is the result of his years spent years learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that show his diverse interest and unique personality. This book contains 75 recipes and is part cookbook, part exploration of ingredients and techniques. tawâw is filled with ideas, education, recipes and inspiration.
In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott, Dane-Zaa and Metis/Cree is a three part memoir in her dreamless void, the in-between and the healing. The memoir follows the life of Helen Knott through her childhood, describing life during school especially after eighth grade, and as a young woman on her red road journey through rape, alcoholism and drug addiction. It is her journey of darkness through which she questions her selfhood, ancestry, faith, and existence.
Redpatch is the story of the fictional character Jonathon Woodrow/Half-Blood and his best friend who served in World War I with the Canadian 1st division on the Western Front of Europe including Vimy. His experiences as a warrior and his hunting and surviving skills are put to the challenge when the war continues without any end in sight and he wonders if he will ever get home again. This play focuses on Indigenous soldiers and communities' contribution to Canada in the First World War. A graphic novel is included.
From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle is his memoir. From being lost and alone, falling apart, living on the streets and later to reconciliation, From the Ashes is Thistle’s life story. Through four parts from 1997 to 2015 he recounts life through his stories of growing up berry picking with his Kokum in Debden, Saskatchewan; through his parents’ separation, and living rough, begging and going hungry with his father and then being in foster care.
Kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly, a recent anthology is a significant contribution to Indigenous literature by Indigenous writers and storytellers. 'kisiskâciwan', which means it flows swiftly in Cree is where Saskatchewan derives its name but also expresses the sentiment of the work with the ongoing flow of traditions from past into present. This work is a search for Indigenous oral and written traditions. And while some were found in libraries and archives many others were found through conversations with storytellers, writers, elders, and artists.
In 'Metis Pioneers' MacKinnon compares the survival strategies of two Métis women - Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed born during the fur trade – one from the French-speaking free trade tradition and one from the English-speaking Hudson’s Bay Company tradition – who settled in southern Alberta as the fur trade declined in favour of paper trade and a changing social landscape. Born of family involved in the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company respectively this is the story of their French-Metis and Anglo-Metis lives.