This Place: 150 Years Retold includes a variety of historical and contemporary stories that highlight important moments in Indigenous and Canadian history. It introduces students to the unique demographic, historical, and cultural legacy of Indigenous communities, and explores acts of sovereignty and resiliency.
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.
Zaagi'idiwin: Silent, Unquestionable Act of Love by Leanna Marshall, a member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, and with a foreword by Suzanne Luke, creates an intersection where viewers meet to understand and explore the essence of relationships, the meaning of connection/disconnection, and the pain of loss. With contributions from Vera Wabegijig, nishnaabe (Odawa & Ojibwe), and Susan Neylan
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.
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.
Fluffs and Feathers: An Exhibit on the Symbols of Indianness - A Resource Guide offers an important introduction to the way First Nations and Native Americans are portrayed in popular culture. Written by Mohawk scholar Deborah Doxtator, Fluffs and Feathers details the ways in which Indigenous People have been categorized, displayed, portrayed, and exploited by Western culture and advertising. Fluffs and Feathers offers a sample of the range of images used to portray “Indians” in historical and contemporary North American society.
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, human rights activist in international Indigenous movements for more than four decades, is an adapted version of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States but now for teen and young adult readers. This book is adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) who authors the American Indians in Children’s Literature website.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.