Road Allowance Era is the fourth graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series, by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Scott Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk. Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Scott Henderson has worked as an illustrator for comics, portraiture, and advertising art and Donovan Yaciuk has done colouring work on books and comics. In this volume, Road Allowance Era, the Manitoba Act’s promise of land for the Métis has gone unfulfilled, and many Métis flee to the Northwest.
Dans Mon amie Agnès, Katherena se sent un peu perdue après avoir quitté le bord de la mer pour la nouvelle maison qu’elle partage avec sa mère. Mais elle rencontre bientôt une voisine âgée qui partage son amour pour l’art et la nature. Julie Flett, auteure crie et métis maintes fois primée, livre ici un récit fort et vibrant, agrémenté d’images poignantes des oiseaux, fleurs, paysages et objets d’art qui entourent les personnages et illustrent brillamment la beauté des liens entre les générations et des passions partagées.
In We All Go Back to the Land: The Who, Why, and How of Land Acknowledgements, author Suzanne Keeptwo, Métis (Algonkin/French and Irish) of Quebec, merges traditional Anishinaabe Teachings and artistic expressions. Since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Report in 2015, Land or Territorial Acknowledgments have been sweeping the nation.
On/Me is a book of poems by Francine Cunningham, a Cree, Metis writer, artist, and educator, who explores what it means to live with constant reminders that she doesn’t fit the desired expectations of the world: she is a white-passing, city-raised Indigenous woman with mental illness who has lost her mother. In her debut poetry collection On/Me, Cunningham explores, with keen attention and poise, what it means to be forced to exist within the margins.
Bones by Tyler Pennock, Cree/Metis adoptee from the Slave Lake area of Alberta, is a collection of poems about a young two-spirit Indigenous man moving through shadow and trauma toward strength and awareness. This debut is about the ways we process the traumas of our past, and about how often these experiences eliminate moments of softness and gentleness. Here, the poems journey inward, guided by the world of dreams, seeking memories of a loving sister lost beneath layers of tragedy and abuse.
Inquiries by Michelle Porter, Red River Métis, is a collection of poems that risk the co-mingling of anger and elegy, poetry and documentation, humour and the dark spectre of poverty, Michelle Porter’s Inquiries oscillates at its edges, and amplifies the presence of human strength as it keeps company with our enigmatic and ever-present nemeses. This is a startling debut where the line between reality and reality television blurs, where a simple trip to the grocery store unifies mother and daughter in struggle, and where an economics of iniquity proves the existence of love as equality.
Iron Peggy is by Marie Clements (Dene/Métis). In Iron Peggy, Peg is struggling to survive at boarding school in England. Three girls take aim at Peg and make her life utterly miserable. When her beloved Grandmother dies she just wants to disappear. Then an unexpected gift arrives; inside it, Peg finds three cast-iron Canadian soldiers. In despair, she throws them against the floor. How can they help her? They are so small, and the girls’ shadow is so big. But, miraculously, the toys come to life as Indigenous snipers from World War I, just in time to wage an epic battle against the girls.
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.
Based on Métis artist Christi Belcourt’s painting “Medicines to Help Us,” this innovative and vibrant resource honours the centuries-old healing traditions of Métis women. For this stunning set of twenty-seven gallery-quality prints and accompanying companion booklet, Christi Belcourt fuses her evocative artwork with Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Western Science.
Indigenous Celebrity: Entanglements With Fame, speaks to the possibilities, challenges, and consequences of popular forms of recognition, critically recasting the lens through which we understand Indigenous people’s entanglements with celebrity. Edited by Jennifer Adese, otipemisiw/Métis and Robert Alexander Innes, a member of Cowessess First Nation, Indigenous Celebrity presents a wide range of essays that explore the theoretical, material, social, cultural, and political impacts of celebrity on and for Indigenous people.