Indigenous Women’s Theatre in Canada: A Mechanism of Decolonization by Sarah MacKenzie, an Anishinaabe/Métis/Scottish, feminist scholar and activist, writes that despite a recent increase in the productivity and popularity of Indigenous playwrights in Canada, most critical and academic attention has been devoted to the work of male dramatists, leaving female writers on the margins.
Red: Un Manga Haida is the French version of the ground-breaking title Red, A Haida Manga, written and illustrated by Haida artist and activist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. This book was translated from English by Marc Founier. Combining the art styles of Haida carvers and the graphic aspects of Japanese manga, Yahgulanaas creates a captivating and innovative graphic novel that retells a Haida narrative for a contemporary audience. The main character is Red, an orphan, who experiences tragic loss when his sister Jaada is kidnapped from their village.
Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay written by Shane Koyczan, Cree, and now available in paperback, is a dual language English and Cree poetry and art book. It includes the artwork by Kent Monkman, of Cree ancestry; Joseph Sánchez, a leader in Indigenous and Chicano arts since the 1970s; Jim Logan, who grew up in a Métis household; and Nadia Kwandibens Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation. The Cree translation is provided by Solomon Ratt.
Becoming Our Future, edited by Julie Nagam, Anishinaabe/Métis/German/Syrian; Carly Lane, a Murri woman from Queensland; and Megan Tamati-Quennell (Te Ātiawa, Ngāi Tahu), of Māori descent, investigates international Indigenous methodologies in curatorial practice from the geographic spaces of Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia. From a perspective of Indigenous peoples important place within society, this collection explores how Indigenous art and culture operate within and from a structural framework that is unique and is positioned outside of the non-Indigenous cultural milieu.
The Making of a Star Blanket includes commentaries by Katherine and Leo Pettipas and is illustrated by Don Monkman. The Making of a Star Blanket provides an opportunity for students to work with paper and colour, while integrating the concept of numbers into the learning and teaching process.
Dreaming in Color by Melanie Florence, of Cree and Scottish heritage, is a story about Jennifer McCaffrey. Jennifer or Jen has been working hard on her art for years and is thrilled when she is accepted to a prestigious art school. The school is everything she always thought it would be, mostly. There is one group of kids who seem to resent her and say she only got in because of her skin color. Jen knows she deserves to be there.
Takoza: Walks With the Blue Moon Girl by Tara Perron, Dakota/Ojibwe and illustrated by Alicia Schwab, is an endearing, lyrical illustrated children’s story about a young Dakota girl, walks with the blue moon girl, and her Zunzi (grandmother). The grandmother teaches her, Takoza (granddaughter), through story while making star quilts, and planting and caring for a garden.
Return of the Forest Spirit: The Repatriation Journey of the G'spgolox Totem Pole, by Anders Björklund, Swedish ethnologist, and translated with commentary by Tom Ellett, includes a foreword by Amalaxa Louisa Smith, a direct descendant of Chief G'psgolox of the Xenaaksiala people of Kemano/Kitlope, British Columbia, and the eldest matriarch of the "House of G'spgolox." In the 1870s Chief G'psgolox of the Kitlope people in British Columbia encountered a spirit in the forest and erected a commemoration pole.
In Our Own Aboriginal Voice 2: A collection of Indigenous Authors & Artists in Canada is edited by Michael Calvet and has a foreword by Edmund Metatawabin. This is a collection of short fiction, memoir, non-fiction, and poetry by Aboriginal writers from across Canada, plus original Aboriginal artwork. This anthology contains the work of established authors such as the late Connie Fife, Joanne Arnott, Michelle Sylliboy, and Dennis Saddleman as well as emerging writers from across Canada.
The Trail of Nenaboozhoo and Other Creation Stories is written and illustrated by Isaac Murdoch or Manzinapkinegego'anaabe / Bombgiizhik who is from the fish clan of Serpent River First Nation and a well respected storyteller and traditional knowledge holder; and Christi Belcourt, a Michif (Métis) visual artist with a deep respect for Mother Earth, the traditions and the knowledge of her people. In The Trail of Nenaboozhoo, Nenaboozhoo, the creator spirit-being of Ojibway legend, gave the people many gifts.