In My Anaana’s Amautik by Nadia Sammurtok, who is an Inuit writer and educator originally from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut; and illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko, tells the story of the pouch in the back of a mother’s parka used to carry a child. The experience in this story is that of baby nestled inside feeling the softness of the amautik and hearing the delightful sounds of anaana’s laughing, the warmth of her safety is like the sun, her cozyness like clouds. Over the 20 pages the love of anaana is shared in colourful images.
Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline, Metis, is the story of Joan on her way to Arcane in the Georgian Bay area by way of New Orleans with Victor., the love of her life. The Rogarou has been seen on the roads near Arcane and is the topic of conversation around the kitchen table with Joan’s grandmother, mother, aunties and cousins and is to be avoided at all costs. When Victor goes missing after an argument with Joan she becomes depressed but doesn't give up her search for him. It's when she steps inside a revival tent that she gets her biggest break.
I'm Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas (Mi’kmaw) is a response poem to I Lost My Talk, which is one of Rita Joe's most influential poems and tells this Mi'kmaw Elder's story of losing her Mi’kmaw language while at residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. The vivid and colour illustrations are by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young and compliment the poem beautifully again.
I Lost My Talk is one of Rita Joe's most influential poems and tells this Mi'kmaw Elder's story of losing her Mi’kmaw language while at residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. The vivid and colour illustrations are by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young and compliment the poem beautifully. This poem is directed at those who took Rita Joe’s talk away when she was a little girl replacing her language with their own and in asking to find her talk again this acclaimed poem is created. A short history of residential schools and a brief note about Rita Joe is included.
Sus Yoo / The Bear's Medicine is written and illustrated by Clayton Gauthier and is a dual language children’s book in English and Dakelh. It has been translated by Danny Alexis and Theresa Austin. Like Clayton Gauthier’s The Salmon Run, Sus Yoo / The Bear’s Medicine is part of the Schchechmala Children’s Series published by Theytus Books. This book, through the life of bear, is about sun and light, breath and life, mountains and medicine, water, trees, grass, roots and seasons, stars and the Grandfathers, to name a few.
Injichaag, My Soul in Story is a book of Anishinaabe poetics in art and words by Rene Meshake (Anishinaabe Elder) with Kim Anderson (Cree/ Métis writer and friend). In Injichaag, ‘my soul’, in Anishinaabemowin, Rene Meshake has the power to choose, to desire, and to be angry and so chooses to tell his story through a collection of short pieces of Indigenous literature.
Crow Winter by Karen McBride, Algonquin Anishinaabe from Timiskaming First Nation in the territory that is now known as Quebec, is a story about trickster and Hazel Ellis. Returning home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel dreams of an old crow. A new job at the Band office introduces her to evidence that will prove useful as she tries to unravel a complicated land issue involving family and historic records. Nanabush, her mother, Gus, Mia, Joni, Robby and Thomas are the links between her life, family and home and the Medicine Wheel.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
Chasing Painted Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor (Ojibwe) is the story of cold but happy Harry in spite of being destitute due to a negligent and schizophrenic society confused in its understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and everybody else, in a so-called just, multicultural society. But Harry had talents coming from an oral culture. Ralph from Otter Lake reserve but now a Toronto Police officer meets Harry in curious circumstances. Danielle from Otter Lake reserve, who drew the original Horse on the Everything Wall, goes missing.
One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by Richard Wagamese, Ojibway, and from the Wabaseemoong First Nation, was penned by Richard Wagamese and minimally edited by his publisher. In One Drum, Richard Wagamese finished his interpretation of the first three foundational teachings of the Seven Grandfathers Teachings: humility, courage, and respect. His interpretation of love, honesty, truth and wisdom will forever remain a mystery. These seven fundamental Anishinawbe truths in the Ojibway tradition recognize the principles required to live a good life, in a good way.