Bizhiw Miinawaa Miinan - Lynx and the Blueberries is a bi-lingual (Ojibwe & English) children's story about the love for Anishinaabe culture, the land, and traditional foods. Story and design are by Cecelia Rose LaPointe. Illustrated by Dolly Peltier. Translated by Margaret Noodin in the Western standard spelling of Anishinaabemowin.
Ga's (The Train) is an Mi'kmaq and English book written by Jodie Callaghan, a Mi’kmaq woman from Listuguj First Nation in Gespegewa’gi near Quebec. The book is translated into Mi'kmaq by Joe Wilmot. The Train is illustrated by Georgia Lesley. This is story of a young girl, Ashley who is slowly walking back from school when she meets her Uncle. He is sad. He tells Ashley his story of first going to residential school and the important lesson of knowing where you come from. This story is colourfully illustrated yet invokes the sadness that Ashley and her Uncle feel.
nedi nezu (Good Medicine) by Tenille K. Campbell, Dene/Métis explores the beautiful space that being a sensual Indigenous woman creates - not only as a partner, a fantasy, a heartbreak waiting to happen but also as an auntie, a role model, a voice that connects to others walking the same path.
Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz, was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. This collection of poems demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an Indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness: “Let me call my anxiety,desire, then.
NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field by Billy-Ray Belcourt, (he/him) is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. NDN Coping Mechanisms is a provocative, powerful, and genre-bending new work that uses the modes of accusation and interrogation. Belcourt aims an anthropological eye at the realities of everyday life to show how they house the violence that continues to reverberate from the long twentieth century.
Carrying the Burden of Peace: Reimagining Indigenous Masculinities Through Story by Sam McKegney, settler scholar of Indigenous literatures, asks whether critical examination of Indigenous masculinities can be an honour song—one that celebrates rather than pathologizes; one that seeks diversity and strength; one that overturns heteropatriarchy without centering settler colonialism.
Fire Song is a young adult novel by first-time prose writer Adam Garnet Jones. Following the release of his independent film of the same name, Jones was approached by Annick Press because they believed this story would make a fine novel. Cree/Metis/Danish filmmaker found the task challenging and the result is potentially an award-winning book that will appeal to teens.
I Sang You Down from the Stars is a love letter from an Indigenous mother to her new baby. Tasha Spillett-Sumner, Cree and Trinidadian, is an award-winning poet and author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land–based education and makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba. Michaela Goade is a Tlingit award-winning illustrator who grew up in the rain forests and on the beaches of Juneau, Alaska, and still makes her home on traditional Tlingit territory today.
La course de Rose (Rose's Run) by Dawn Dumont of Okanese First Nation in southern Saskatchewan, is the story of Rose Okanese, a mother of two strong-willed daughters, who decides it's time to take care of herself and boost her self-esteem after losing her job and her musician husband.
Long Powwow Nights, Iskewsis, Dear Mother / Mawio'mi Amasiwula'kwl, Iskewsis, Nkij, is a moving picture book co-written by David Bouchard and Pam Aleekuk. The bilingual 32-page book has text in English and Mi'kmaq and access to an audio recording of the book. Bouchard's rhythmic poems are inspired by the child's fond memories of powwows attended with his mother. Raised in a single parent family, the narrator shows his love for the powwow event, the dancers, the long car rides to the powwow, and the intricate regalia.