Muskgege Carol's Traditional Medicines is written by Caroline Sanoffsky and illustrated by Nicole Marie Burton. Muskgege is a written record of traditional knowledge, passed down through the generations. It features descriptions and illustrations of 36 wild plants that can be used to make medicines. It is a beautiful and compelling reminder of the important role nature plays in First Nations culture.“We are all visitors to this land, our land has so much to offer, our land is overflowing with the medicines our bodies need, but we are only passing through.
The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik) by Carol Rose GoldenEagle , Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan, navigates the unsettling, but necessary. When love of, and respect for, culture goes awry, it is our Indigenous women who bring us back to what is important. This novel is an interweaving of stories centred on a range of characters, both male and female, though the women, for the most part, are the healers. Abused in their own communities or in residential schools, these women are smart and loving and committed to helping one another.
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.
The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree by Ruth Dyckfehderau and the James Bay Cree Storytellers is the second edition of the groundbreaking work of the same name and now includes an epilogue with an update on each storyteller. In The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee Ruth DyckFehderau and twenty-seven storytellers offer a rich and timely accounting of contemporary life in Eeyou Istchee, the territory of the James Bay Cree of Northern Quebec.
Global Indigenous Health: Reconciling the Past, Engaging the Present, Animating the Future is an edited volume by Robert Henry, Métis; Amanda LaVallee, Red River Métis; Nancy Van Styvendale; and Robert Alexander Innes, a member of Cowessess First Nation. Global Indigenous Health discusses how Indigenous peoples globally have a keen understanding of their health and wellness through traditional knowledge systems.
Siha Tooskin Knows the Best Medicine is part of the Siha Tooskin Knows early chapter book series by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, a Nakota Elder and Wabamun Lake First Nation community member in central Alberta (Treaty 6 territory) and the recent recipient of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Indigenous Elder Award; and illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch, of Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation of Northern Alberta.
Resolve: The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community’s Will to Heal, is the personal life story of Andy and Phyllis Chelsea written by Carolyn Parks Mintz at their request. After meeting at the church run residential school St. Joseph’s Mission School in William’s Lake, B.C. Andy and Phyllis, like thousands of other Indigenous peoples in Canada, experienced ongoing difficulties. After marrying in 1964, the trauma of their mission school years began to destroy their marriage and family. They decided on sobriety and embarked on a lifetime of activism.
Colouring It Forward -- Discover Blackfoot Nation Art and Wisdom by Diana Frost, Algonquin Métis, is more than just a colouring book. It contains authentic artwork from Blackfoot artists and teachings from the Blackfoot culture by a Blackfoot elder. In this book Diana Frost has had the privilege of working with Blackfoot Elder Camille Pablo Russell to gather traditional wisdom and with Blackfoot artists Kalum Teke Dan and Ryan Jason Allen Willertt.
Indigenous Peoples and Dementia: New Understandings of Memory Loss and Memory Care is edited by Wendy Hulko, Danielle Wilson, and Jean E. Balestrery. In 2017 Canada passed legislation to create a national dementia strategy. Commissioned provincial reports refer to the reduction of the ‘economic burden of dementia’ with little emphasis on persons with dementia as citizens who had rights to dignity and care.
Case Critical, Social Services and Social Justice in Canada by Banakonda Kennedy-Kish (Bell), Awnjibinayseekwe Change Thunderbird Eagle Woman, is Bear Clan, Bowating, from Rank Reserve, Sault Ste Marie, Raven Sinclair Nehiyaw (Cree), Ben Carniol and Donna Baines, is published by Between the Lines and is now in its 7th edition. After a preface, this book begins with Ntamkidwinan First Words with a welcome of four voices including an Anishinaabe Elder’s perspective on four foundational principles: kindness, honesty, sharing, strength.