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.
Red: Un Manga Haida is the French version of the ground-breaking title Red, A Haida Manga, written and illustrated by Haida artist and activist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. This book was translated from English by Marc Founier. Combining the art styles of Haida carvers and the graphic aspects of Japanese manga, Yahgulanaas creates a captivating and innovative graphic novel that retells a Haida narrative for a contemporary audience. The main character is Red, an orphan, who experiences tragic loss when his sister Jaada is kidnapped from their village.
Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay written by Shane Koyczan, Cree, and now available in paperback, is a dual language English and Cree poetry and art book. It includes the artwork by Kent Monkman, of Cree ancestry; Joseph Sánchez, a leader in Indigenous and Chicano arts since the 1970s; Jim Logan, who grew up in a Métis household; and Nadia Kwandibens Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation. The Cree translation is provided by Solomon Ratt.
Impact Colonialism in Canada is edited by Warren Cariou, Kathleen Vermette, and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair. This is a collection of fiction, poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. This anthology features works by over 20 Indigenous Canadian writers including Beatrice Mosionier, Richard Van Camp, Rosanna Deerchild, and Janet Rogers. It focuses on the effects of colonialism in this country from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
The Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid are those of Cecil Paul, also known by his Xenaksiala name, Wa’xaid, and who is a respected Xenaksiala elder, activist and orator, and one of the last fluent speakers of his people’s language. Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and culture than Wa’xaid (the good river), or Cecil Paul, who pursued both in his ancestral home, the Kitlope — now the largest protected unlogged temperate rainforest left on the planet.
Northwest Resistance is the third 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, Northwest Resistance, Echo Desjardins continues her travels through time.
Moving Forward: A Collection about Truth and Reconciliation supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in this 73-page anthology from Nelson's iLit Series. The reviewers are Melanie Brice (Métis from Saskatchewan), Jo-anne (J0) L. Chrona (Member of the Kitsumkalum, Band of the Ts'msyen Nation), Elizabeth Anne Cremo (Eskasoni First Nation), Troy Wm. Maracle (Mohawk), Eileen Marthiensen (Inuvialuk from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories), Shirley S. Nepinak (Member of the Anishinabe, Pine Creek First Nation), Jill Oman (Ojibway from Sagkeeng First Nation).
Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada is the second edition of this book and includes a rich array of graphic novel panels, speech excerpts, song and rap lyrics, recipes, interview, short stories, poetry, photographs, graphic art, articles, essays, and other pieces. This 2019 anthology edited by education advisors Rachel Mishenene (Anishinaabe), and Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse (Sagamok First Nation), addresses the need for Indigenous Literature course content in secondary school and college.
An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, Mvskoke, and first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, is an anthology of poetry informed by her history and connection to the land. Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, now part of Oklahoma. Joy Harjo returns to these lands and opens up a dialogue with history through her personal life stories through poems.
The Way Home is a memoir and autobiography by Kwakiutl photographer, woodcarver, hand engraver, painter, writer, printmaker, and jewellery maker, by David A. Neel. It is a story of returning to traditions and culture of his father’s and his people, the Kwakwaka’wakw of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. He had a sense of having a place of origin and reconnects with the people of his father’s work, Dave Neel, Snr and the rich symbolism of his art. He is also influenced by Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James.