Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh Niibing, dgwaagig, bboong, mnookmig dbaadjigaade maanpii mzin’igning / This Is How I Know: A Book about the Seasons is written by Brittany Luby, of Anishinaabe descent and raised on Treaty 3 Territory; and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, Ojibwe Woodland artist and member of Wasauksing First Nation. In This Is How I Know, an Anishinaabe child and her grandmother take pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings. This lyrical, bilingual story-poem is written in Anishinaabemowin and English.
Inquiries by Michelle Porter, Red River Métis, is a collection of poems that risk the co-mingling of anger and elegy, poetry and documentation, humour and the dark spectre of poverty, Michelle Porter’s Inquiries oscillates at its edges, and amplifies the presence of human strength as it keeps company with our enigmatic and ever-present nemeses. This is a startling debut where the line between reality and reality television blurs, where a simple trip to the grocery store unifies mother and daughter in struggle, and where an economics of iniquity proves the existence of love as equality.
Iron Peggy is by Marie Clements (Dene/Métis). In Iron Peggy, Peg is struggling to survive at boarding school in England. Three girls take aim at Peg and make her life utterly miserable. When her beloved Grandmother dies she just wants to disappear. Then an unexpected gift arrives; inside it, Peg finds three cast-iron Canadian soldiers. In despair, she throws them against the floor. How can they help her? They are so small, and the girls’ shadow is so big. But, miraculously, the toys come to life as Indigenous snipers from World War I, just in time to wage an epic battle against the girls.
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.
The Big Tease written by Métis author Wilfred Burton includes a Michif translation by Norman Fleury, Michif Elder and gifted Michif storyteller. This book is illustrated by George Gingras. The Big Tease is a timeless story about teasing, which often involves family. Time with family has always been important to Métis families and in this story it is the arrival of family - cousins, aunts and uncles that sets the scene for a big tease. Like most families, there is usually at least one person who likes to tease others.
Apple, Skin to the Core: A Memoir in Words and Pictures, is by Eric Gansworth, (Sˑha-weñ na-saeˀ), an enrolled Onondaga writer and visual artist, born and raised at the Tuscarora Nation. The contents of Apple, Skin to the Core, are arranged along the theme of albums: Apple Records, The Red Album, Dog Street - Side A and Side B, Get Back and Liner Notes. Each set tells the story in words and images of his, his family, and his life on and off Dog Street. These are stories of residential schools and its impact, racism, and relationships.
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.
Palluq and Inuluk Go Hunting with Their Ataata is a picture book by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier, who has worked on the standardization of Inuktut orthography in Nunavut, as well as at the national level with the Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq task group with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. This book is illustrated by Michelle Simpson. In Palluq and Inuluk Go Hunting with Their Ataata, Palluq is going seal hunting with his older brother, Inuluk, and his ataata! They pack up their qamutiik and travel for hours to reach the floe edge. Will Palluq catch a seal to bring home to his anaana?
The Big Blizzard is a bilingual Inuktitut and English picture book by author Julia Ogina, Inuit, of Cambridge Bay and Emily Jackson with illustrations by Amanda Sunderland. In The Big Blizzard, Niaqualuk and Haugaaq live in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and there is a big blizzard coming! Haugaaq wishes she could play outside more, but Niaqualuk is excited about playing inside. See what fun things the sisters do all day as the blizzard howls outside. This picture book is for children from ages 3 to 5.