Julie Flett, Cree-Métis author, illustrator, and artist, has written and illustrated Birdsong. In this story a young girl, Katherena, moves to the city with her mother and feels lonely and no longer wants to draw, something that she usually enjoys. But soon she meets the neighbour, Agnes, who shares her love of arts and crafts with Katherena. The two become friends but as the seasons change Agnes becomes frail. Julie Flett’s textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story of friendship.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner includes a foreword by Joni Mitchell who like Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) has ties to Saskatchewan and writes songs with emotion and a message, both walking their own paths. In this 298-page book, the prologue describes Buffy Sainte-Marie’s early interactions with the music scene that included the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, her blacklisting, touring, show business perspective with Vanguard and other artists singing or using her songs like Elvis Presley, and the power and intrinsic value of music, resistance and protest.
The Riverton Rifle: My Story Straight Shooting on Hockey and on Life by former NHL hockey player Reggie Leach officially released his biography in his hometown of Riverton, Manitoba in November, 2015. The the NHL’s legendary right-winger who played thirteen years with the Boston Bruins, California Golden Seals, Detroit Red Wings, and the Philadelphia Flyers, winning the Stanley Cup with the Flyers in 1975. Leach was one of the few players to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 1976, as a player on the losing team.
Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment is the 2008 Greystone publication by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas with assistance from Wangari Maathai and the Dalai Lama. This 61-page book offers a traditional Quechuan parable about achieving larger goals, and power, through a series of small actions, and describes how while a terrible fire rages in a forest, a small hummingbird works tirelessly by carrying single drops of water to help put out the blaze.
Calling all people to become stewards of the earth, this exquisite book, The Declaration of Interdependence: A Pledge to Planet Earth, is a heartfelt plea for the planet's preservation. The Declaration of Interdependence | both an enlightening creed and a passionate call to action | was composed by David Suzuki and a team of activists and environmentalists in 1992, in recognition of the United Nations' Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
The Little Hummingbird is a brilliant children's picture book by Haida artist and storyteller Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas about the power of one person doing the best they can. Inspired by the story of a forest fire and the courage and determination of a tiny hummingbird this artist and illustrator has created a breath-taking mix of simple narrative sparsely told and accompanied by moving Haida-inspired art images. This story of a fearless hummingbird that carries single drops of water to stop a raging forest fire is taken from a parable of the Quechuan people of South America.
Wisdom of the Elders: Native and Scientific Ways of Knowing About Nature was first published in 1992. This new edition contains a revised introduction along with the collection of quotes purportedly from Indigenous Peoples from cultures around the world. The authors draw from ecology and biology for essential themes drawn from modern science and combine these with Native perspectives about the natural world and the relationships of humans with nature. Both authors believe the Native perspective is just as valid as the one based on western science.