Defending the Arctic Refuge: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and a Fight for Environmental Justice by Finis Dunaway is about the northeastern corner of Alaska, one of the most contested landscapes in all of North America - the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Considered sacred by Indigenous peoples in Alaska and Canada and treasured by environmentalists, the refuge provides life-sustaining habitat for caribou, polar bears, migratory birds, and other species.
Memory and Landscape: Indigenous Responses to a Changing North by Kenneth Pratt and Scott Heyes, explores the ways in which Indigenous peoples in the Arctic have adapted to challenging circumstances, including past cultural and environmental changes. In this illustrated volume, contributors document how Indigenous communities in Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, and Siberia are seeking ways to maintain and strengthen their cultural identity while also embracing forces of disruption.
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?
The Trading Tree was written by Nancy Cooper, a band member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, illustrated by Heather Charles, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, and translated by Myrtle Jamieson (Waaseyaankwot Kwe). Photographs for the book were taken by local photographer and designer Milena Vujanovic.
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).
sk?p’lk’mitkw / Water Changeling is by Syilx and Nla’kapamux Nations writer Harron Hall and illustrated by Phyllis Isaac, an Elder and a visual artist from the Penticton Indian Band of the Okanagan Nation. sk?p’lk’mitkw is the story of the natural water cycle from a Syilx traditional ecological knowledge perspective.The story features a water girl named sk?p’lk’mitkw who longs to visit with her grandparents. She receives help from newfound friends who change her into rain, hail and snow so she can reach her grandparents. This book is in English and Salishan.
Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance is written by Nick Estes, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and co-founder of Red Nation. Our History is the Future, is the story of a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, which was initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. This protest grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century.
Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science is by Enrique Salmón, PhD, who is head of the American Indian Studies Program at California State University–East Bay, in Hayward, California. His own Rarámuri family has always gathered, grown, and used plants for many medicinal and cultural purposes. The belief that all life-forms are interconnected and share the same breath—known in the Rarámuri tribe as iwígara—has resulted in a treasury of knowledge about the natural world, passed down for millennia by native cultures.
Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change is part of the series on Canada’s Changing Climate: Problems and Solutions. This series investigates the impact of climate change on Canada’s peoples, place and lifestyle. Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change is by Marla Tomlinson with content consultant Dennis McPherson, band member of Couchiching First Nation, and a professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University.
La vie autochtone au Canada: au passé, au présent et au futur : Les manifestations (Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future: Protests) is part of a set of 32-page books published by Beech Street Books. Designed for elementary students from grades 4 to 7 the books offer introductions to the history of Indigenous Peoples in the story of Canada. In Protests by Erin Nicks, the author, the six chapters begin with Chapter one, Indigenous Struggles. In this chapter treaties, mistreatment affecting cultures through the residential schools and the development of reserves is discussed.