Road Allowance Era is the fourth graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series, by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Scott Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk. Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Scott Henderson has worked as an illustrator for comics, portraiture, and advertising art and Donovan Yaciuk has done colouring work on books and comics. In this volume, Road Allowance Era, the Manitoba Act’s promise of land for the Métis has gone unfulfilled, and many Métis flee to the Northwest.
Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride. Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In a high school gym full of color and song, people dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage.
Starlight by Richard Wagamese (Ojibwe from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations in northwestern Ontario) is the story of Frank Starlight who has long settled into a quiet life working his remote farm, but his contemplative existence comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of Emmy, who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a harrowing life of violence. Starlight takes in Emmy and her daughter to help them get back on their feet, and this accidental family eventually grows into a real one. But Emmy's abusive ex isn't content to just let her go.
Gather: Richard Van Camp on Storytelling is by Richard Van Camp, a member of the Tlicho Dene First Nation. Stories are medicine. During a time of heightened isolation, author Richard Van Camp shares what he knows about the power of storytelling - and offers some of his own favourite stories from Elders, friends, and family. Gathering around a campfire, or the dinner table, we humans have always told stories. Through them, we define our identities and shape our understanding of the world. He writes of the power of storytelling and its potential to transform speakers and audiences alike.
Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future: Cultural Appropriation, paperback edition, by Heather Hudak with content consultant Danielle Bird, is one of the titles in the series published by Beech Street Books. Various contexts such as art and fashion, sports, literature and movies are included. It also covers derogatory terminology.
Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future: Cultural Appropriation by Heather Hudak with content consultant Danielle Bird, is one of the titles in the series published by Beech Street Books. Various contexts such as art and fashion, sports, literature and movies are included. It also covers derogatory terminology.
Bones by Tyler Pennock, Cree/Metis adoptee from the Slave Lake area of Alberta, is a collection of poems about a young two-spirit Indigenous man moving through shadow and trauma toward strength and awareness. This debut is about the ways we process the traumas of our past, and about how often these experiences eliminate moments of softness and gentleness. Here, the poems journey inward, guided by the world of dreams, seeking memories of a loving sister lost beneath layers of tragedy and abuse.
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.
Spawn, by Marie-Andrée Gill, Pekuakamishkueu, and an Ilnu and Québécoise poet, is a braided collection of brief, untitled poems, a coming-of-age lyric set in the Mashteuiatsh Reserve on the shores of Lake Piekuakami (Saint-Jean) in Quebec. Undeniably political, Marie-Andrée Gill's poems ask: How can one reclaim a narrative that has been confiscated and distorted by colonizers?