A Mind Spread Out On The Ground is a series of related essays that form a story of pain, depression, trauma, racism and colonialism retold from Alicia Elliott's (Tuscarora) experiences. It reflects on the physical impact of oppression on the body, of loss of language, stress levels and health.This book covers contemporary issues in a humorous, yet poignant way leaving the reader pondering on these profound reflections.
Lost Boy From A Line of Heroes is the memoir of Gordon Miller, a member of Mattagami First Nation and mixed ancestry. He looks back on an era of trading posts, trap lines and canoe brigades in Canada's North and also family losses, relationships and memories. Lost Boy From A Line of Heroes brings to life a bygone period and the transition to urbanization of Canada's North. For more than two hundred years, his Indigenous, Scottish, Irish and English ancestors played many roles in Canada's fur trade, as voyageurs, trappers and traders with the Northwest Company and the Hudson's Bay Company.
In Black Indian Shonda Buchanan traces the arduous migration of Mixed Bloods, or Free People of Color, from the Southeast to the Midwest, to Michigan, to tell her story. It is story of family dysfunction, secrets, deaths, alcoholism, and old resentments. Shonda Buchanan’s memoir is an inspiring story that explores her family’s legacy of being African Americans with American Indian roots and how they dealt with not just society’s ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance.
Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity, A Memoir by author, Darrel J. McLeod, Cree from Treaty 8 Territory in Northern Alberta, continues the poignant story of his impoverished youth, beset by constant fears of being dragged down by the self-destruction and deaths of those closest to him as he battles the bullying of white classmates, copes with the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, and endures painful separation from his family and culture.
Quand j'avais huit ans (When I was Eight) is the 32-page picture book adaptation of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's book, Fatty Legs: A True Story in French. Margaret and her daughter-in-law, Christy Jordan-Fenton have adapted Margaret's childhood story about her life in a residential school when she was a child. This picture book memoir begins with Olemaun (the stone that sharpens the women’s knife, the ulu) living on the land with her family. Her older sister has attended residential school and brought back a special book about a girl named Alice. Olemaun wants to attend this school too.
The Secret of Your Name / kiimooch ka shinikashooyen is the 2010 children's picture book by renowned Métis author David Bouchard. The French and Michif book draws in readers with the warmth and detailed colour art illustrations by Dennis J. Weber as well as the poetic verses written in English and Michif. The story of the author's identity is told in the spare text and the engaging images. He begins with acknowledging the early contact period of the French and First Nations.
Le chandail orange de Phyllis (Phyllis’s Orange Shirt) is written by Phyllis Webstad who is Northern Secwépemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, translated by Marie-Christine Payette, and illustrated by Brock Nicol. This book is an adaptation of Phyllis’s The Orange Shirt Story. Phyllis’s Orange Shirt is suitable for 4 to 6 year-olds and while based on the original story, this version has been simplified, shortened, has a rhyming scheme and gentler images. This is Phyllis’s story of living on the Dog Creek Reserve picking berries, gardening and fishing.
Black Water is David Alexander Robertson's autobiography. The son of a Cree father and a non-Indigenous mother, David A. Robertson was raised with virtually no knowledge or understanding of his family’s Indigenous roots. His father, Don, spent his early childhood on a trapline in the bush northeast of Norway House, Manitoba, where his first teach was the land. When his family was moved permanently to a nearby reserve, Don was not permitted to speak Cree at school unless in secret with his friends and lost the knowledge he had been gifted while living on his trapline.
Moccasin Souls is by Jules Koostachin, Cree and band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, the Ancestral lands of the MoshKeKo InNiNeWak. Moccasin Souls, a haunting memoir follows AaSheeNii / Good Spirit, a hopeful Trickster with a burning desire for change and growth, as they set off on their path into the world of the InNiNeWak/human beings. Selected by a council of Sacred Beings, AaSheeNii makes their way into the world of the living on AsKi / Earth.