Spíləxmn is a memoir by best-selling author Nicola I. Campbell, Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis from British Columbia. She deftly weaves rich poetry and vivid prose into a story basket of memories orating what it means to be an intergenerational survivor of Indian Residential Schools. If the hurt and grief we carry is a woven blanket, it is time to weave ourselves anew. We can’t quit. Instead, we must untangle ourselves from the negative forces that have impacted our existence as Indigenous people.
We Dream Medicine Dreams, written and illustrated by Lisa Boivin, a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation, is a healing story of hope, dreams, and the special bond between grandfather and granddaughter. In We Dream Medicine Dreams, when a little girl dreams about a bear, her grandfather explains how we connect with the knowledge of our ancestors through dreams. Bear, Hawk, Caribou, and Wolf all have teachings to share to help us live a good life. But when Grampa gets sick and falls into a coma, the little girl must lean on his teachings as she learns to say goodbye.
Jigging for Halibut with Tsinii is based on Haida artist Robert Davidson's own experiences with Tsinii (his grandfather) and co-authored by Sara Florence Davidson; illustrated by Janine Gibbons. This beautiful story highlights intergenerational knowledge and authentic learning experiences. Off the northern tip of Haida Gwaii, a boy goes fishing with his tsinii, his grandfather. As they watch the weather, jig for halibut, and row with the tides, there’s more to learn from Tsinii than how to catch a fish.
Learning to Carve Argillite is based on Haida artist Robert Davidson's own childhood experiences. This beautiful story highlights learning through observation, as well as the role of Elders in sharing knowledge and mentorship. This book co-authored by Sara Florence Davidson and illustrated by Janine Gibbons. Learning to carve is a lifelong journey. With the help of his father and grandfather, a boy on Haida Gwaii practises to become a skillful carver.
In the fifth book of the Mothers of Xsan series, award-winning author Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) and illustrated by Natasha Donovan, introduces young readers to a pack of grey wolves. New pups have just begun to open their eyes, one of which is a striking black female. Every day, her ears grow larger, her eyesight gets sharper, and her legs stretch farther. As she learns to hunt, play, and run with her pack, instinct pulls her to explore beyond her home territory. Will the young wolf’s bold spirit help her find a new pack of her very own?
Stand Like A Cedar by Nicola I. Campbell, Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis from the Nicola Valley; and illustrated by Carrielynn Victor, S'ólh Temexw, Xwelmexw Slhalí, is a journey through nature to discover the animals of British Columbia. Learn the names of animals in the Nle7kepmxcín or Halq’emeylem languages as well as the teachings in this illustrated children's book. When you go for a walk in nature, who do you see? What do you hear? Discover new sights and sounds with every read.
The Frog Mother is the fourth book in the Mothers of Xsan series by author Hetxw’ms Gyetxw, Brett D. Huson, of Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, and illustrated by Natasha Donovan, Metis Nation of British Columbia. The Frog Mother describes Nox Ga’naaw a storyteller and speaker of truths of the universe to the Gitxsan of Northwestern British Columbia. When Nox Ga’naaw, the frog mother, releases her eggs among the aquatic plants of a pond, and the tiny tadpoles are left to fend for themselves.
The Evolution of Alice is a reissued edition of The Evolution of Alice previously published in 2014. The author is David Alexander Robertson, of Swampy Cree heritage. This reissue features a new chapter by the author and a foreword by Shelagh Rogers. In this story, Alice is a single mother raising her three young daughters on the rez where she grew up. Life has never been easy, but she's managed to get by with the support of her best friend, Gideon, and her family.
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, a member of Norway House Cree Nation and translated by Marsha Blacksmith, a member of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, and illustrated by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis author, illustrator, is an empowering story of resistance that gently introduces children to the history of residential schools in Canada. In When We Were Alone, a young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. As she asks questions, her grandmother tells her about her experiences in a residential school.
The Scout: Tommy Prince is one of the titles from Tales from Big Spirit series. This unique graphic novel series is a highly recommended six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of great Indigenous heroes from Aboriginal peoples and Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics.