Secwepemc Nation (Shuswap) author Garry Gottfriedson's Clinging to Bone digs into the marrow, heart and soul of the human condition. Looking deeply into the Secwepemc (Shuswap) world of today, he examines betrayal, grief, love and survival. He states, "the broken winged sparrows are lost in flight, surviving starvation in the empty belly of wind." In "Foreigner" he describes how "my skin is the scent of Secwepemcúlucw / a rez Indian, a foreigner / in my own homeland / can you imagine that?" (where "Secwepemcúlucw" means land of the Shuswap).
He Moved a Mountain: The Life of Frank Calder and the Nisga'a Land Claims Accord is the biography of the remarkable man, Frank Calder (1915-2006). Dr. Frank Arthur Calder of BC's Nisga'a First Nation was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to any Canadian governing body. For twenty-six years he served as an MLA in the legislature of British Columbia. He was the driving force behind Canada's decision to grant recognition of Aboriginal land title to First Nations people throughout the country.
Runaway Dreams is the renowned Ojibwe author's 2011 first poetry anthology. This 129-page volume features 48 story poems that explore identity, Canada, traditions, travel, music, literature, the land, friends, and family. His poems tell stories lyrically, the pauses of the line breaks making room for a reader’s reflection and images enhancing the impact—my skin is broken territory / and my heart went along for the ride.
Aboriginality: The Literary Origins of British Columbia vol. 2 is a reference guide to more than 170 First Nations and Metis authors and illustrators in British Columbia. The book is the second volume in the literary history of British Columbia. Biographical sketches of the authors are organized chronologically beginning with the earliest publications by Aboriginal People. The distinction for the earliest published author is Métis writer Martha Douglas Harris (1854-1933). Her publication, History and Folklore of the Cowichan Indians (1901), is a compilation of traditional stories.