The Trading Tree was written by Nancy Cooper, a band member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, illustrated by Heather Charles, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, and translated by Myrtle Jamieson (Waaseyaankwot Kwe). Photographs for the book were taken by local photographer and designer Milena Vujanovic.
Hunter with Harpoon is by Markoosie Patsauq (1941-2020) who was an Inuk writer, retired pilot, and community leader living near Inukjuak, Nunavik. Hunter with Harpoon is translated by Valerie Henitiuk, translation studies specialist, and Marc-Antoine Mahieu, a professor of Inuktitut. Hunter with Harpoon was first published fifty years ago under the title Harpoon of the Hunter. Markoosie Patsauq's novel helped establish the genre of Indigenous fiction in Canada.
Wiigwaas Minawaa Nichiiwak / Birchbark and Storm is a story by Brita Vija Brookes and translated by Albert Owl (Sagamok Anishinaabek). The artwork is by Rachel Mae Dennis (Haudenosaunee/Latino). Wiigwaas Minawaa Nichiiwak / Birchbark and Storm follows the adventure of two kittens, Birchbark and Storm, as they venture out into the garden. Follow them as they wake up and leave mother to explore the garden. A story about exploring the world all the while within mom’s gaze.
Ayana Ogiigoonnke / Ayana Goes Fishing, is a story by Brita Vija Brookes and translated by Albert Owl (Sagamok Anishinaabek) with artwork by Rachel Mae Dennis (Haudenosaunee/Latino). In Ayana Goes Fishing follow Ayana as she asks her father to teach her how to fish. Ayana collects the equipment, digs up worms, learns how to cast and catches her first fish. An Ojibwe and English full color storybook that is great for teaching beginner Ojibwe language.
In Field Notes for the Self by Randy Lundy, a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation, the poems evoke darkness and light through ceremony, memory, naming, understanding, truth and meditations through time. Examples of the poems include A Minor Apocalypse, The Definition of Poverty, Seeking, Thinking of Nothing, and others beautifully written through seasons and relationships.
Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak is written by Roy Henry Vickers of Tsimshian, Haida, Heiltsuk and English ancestry, and Robert Budd. This sturdy board book is also brightly and boldly illustrated by Vickers to introduce iconic sounds of the West Coast. Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak supports the language development of babies and toddlers.
If You Want to Visit a Sea Garden is by Kay Weisman and illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers, whose ancestry includes the Tsimshian, Haida and Heiltsuk First Nations. Roy Henry Vickers has created hauntingly beautiful images to accompany the text. The manuscript has been vetted and approved by the scientists of the Clam Garden Network and Kwaxsistalla Wathl’thla Clan Chief Adam Dick. Sea gardens have been created by First Peoples on the Northwest Coast for more than three thousand years.
In We Learn from the Sun Lesson Plan, David Bouchard, Métis, and best selling author, speaker and educator, weaves together Woodland style paintings with an Indigenous rhythmic poem through activities for teachers. We Learn from the Sun is about the spiritual lessons that we can learn from the Sun and the seven sacred teachings. This poem is based on David Bouchard’s book on the Seven Sacred Teachings available at GoodMinds.com.
We Learn from the Sun by David Bouchard, Métis, and best selling author, speaker and educator, weaves together Woodland style paintings with an Indigenous rhythmic poem. We Learn from the Sun is about the spiritual lessons that we can learn from the Sun and the seven sacred teachings. This poem is based on David Bouchard’s book on the Seven Sacred Teachings. A Teacher Lesson Plan and Resource Guide accompanies this book (and is available from GoodMinds.com). The colorful illustrations are by Métis illustrator Kristy Cameron.
It’s a Mitig! is Bridget George’s first book. She is an Anishinaabe author-illustrator and graphic designer raised on the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in Ontario. It’s a Mitig! guides young readers through the forest while introducing them to Ojibwe words for nature. From sunup to sundown, encounter an amik playing with sticks and swimming in the river, a prickly gaag hiding in the bushes and a big, bark-covered mitig.