In Spirit by Tara Beagan who was born in Niitsitapi country and is a proud Ntlaka’pamux and Irish-Canadian, is about twelve-year-old Molly who was riding her new bicycle on a deserted road when a man in a truck pulled up next to her, saying he was lost. He asked if she could get in and help him back to the highway, and said he could bring her back to her bike after. Molly declined, out of interest for her own safety. The next things Molly remembers are dirt, branches, trees, pain, and darkness. Molly is now a spirit.
i? siw?kw nkwancin?m k??l suli? / The Water Sings to Suli? is by Syilx and Nla’kapamux Nations writer Harron Hall and illustrated by Shianna Allison, a Syilx, Yakima, and Stolo multidisiplinary artist from the lower Similkameen Indian Band. i? siw?kw nkwancin?m k??l suli? / The Water Sings to Suli? is an original story with a universal message, shedding light on the importance of water as a living entity. The story features a young girl named suli?, who hears the song of the water calling for her while playing outside. suli? ventures out of her yard and into the forest.
k?xntim s?anix? k??l nix?titk? acx??l?x?alt / We Go With Muskrat is by Syilx and Nla’kapamux Nations writer Harron Hall and illustrated by Ron Hall, of Okanagan and Thompson ancestry and is a member of the Osoyoos Band. Those Living Underwater is an interactive story with s?anix? (Muskrat) in the lead, allowing readers to learn both the n’syilxwcn and English names of underwater creatures living in the Okanagan Valley. The book seamlessly combines beautiful imagery with amusing descriptions as Muskrat introduces a diverse set of underwater creatures.
kwu?c'?xw?ntim t?l stunx isck'wuls / Lessons From Beaver’s Work is a dual language children's book by Harron Hall, Syilx and Nla'kapamuc Nations; and illustrated by Bill Cohen of Okanagan Nation. This book, in English and nsyilxcən, teaches children through storytelling to hold reverence for all life forms. The book depicts a conflict between Tapit, a rancher, and stunx (beaver), as they both try to meet their water needs. The touching humanity of stunx (Beaver) softens Tapit’s outlook, as he reminds Tapit that he is not the only one that depends on water.
Thanks for Giving is a play by Kevin Loring, a member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation in Lytton, B.C. and Nan’s family is home for Thanksgiving, but some unsolicited truths are about to be dropped at the dinner table. Old wounds and new realities collide, and sibling rivalry is stoked, but the enduring spirit that guides this family charges on, ever fierce. Thanks for Giving offers plenty to chew on.
Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer: A Satirical Land Claim Fable is a play about power, politics and procreation by Kevin Loring, a member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation in Lytton, B.C. Little Red Warrior is the last remaining member of the Little Red Warrior First Nation. One day, he discovers a development company has begun construction on his ancestral lands. In a fit of rage, Little Red attacks one of the engineers and is arrested for assault and trespassing on his own lands. In jail he meets his court-appointed lawyer, Larry, who agrees to help Little Red get his lands back.
Honour Beat is a play by Tara Beagan who was born in Niitsitapi country and is a proud Ntlaka’pamux and Irish-Canadian. She has written more than twenty plays, and also directs and performs. In Honour Beat, two grown sisters face off over their mother's deathbed. Together they confront one another, their own identities, and what will remain when their mom leaves this world. A contemporary look at the significance of faith and family, Honour Beat evokes both laughter and tears as three women grapple with one of life's most difficult inevitabilities.
Assembling Unity, Indigenous Politics, Gender, and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) by Sarah Nickel begins with the establishment of the UBCIC in 1969 at Tk’emlups te Secwepemc at the Kamloops Indian residential school with the assembly of 150 delegates. This was the first meeting of 200 First Nations bands in what is now British Columbia. UBCIC was therefore a pan-Indigenous political organization in united support against the White Paper introduced the same year by Pierre Trudeau, proposing to abolish the Indian Act, terminate treaties, and eliminate special status.
A Moon Made of Copper is a collection of nonfiction poems that look at the continual maturing and growth of a human being. The poems were written while touring across Canada, and they capture poet Chris Bose's experiences meeting people, wandering different cities, and getting into adventures and mis-adventures. Chris Bose is from the N'laka'pamux Nation in BC, and currently spends his time in Kamloops, BC. He is is a writer, multi-disciplinary artist, musician, and filmmaker.
Where the Blood Mixes: A Play by N'lakap'mux playwright Kevin Loring received the 2009 Governor General's Award for English Drama. This five character play focuses on the character of Floyd and his possible reconciliation and reconnection with his adult daughter. Floyd's alcoholism covers his painful memories of residential school. He struggles to find the courage to meet his daughter who was taken years ago by social services and placed with an urban foster family. Loring states that the play explores themes of life, death and renewal. Mature themes and coarse language.