Breakdown is the first book in The Reckoner Rises series by David A. Robertson, Norway House Cree, and illustrated by Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk. Breakdown continues to delivers suspense, adventure, and humour in this stunningly illustrated graphic novel continuation of The Reckoner trilogy. In Breakdown, Cole and Eva arrive in Winnipeg, the headquarters of Mihko Laboratories, intent on destroying the company once and for all. Their plans are thwarted when a new threat surfaces, and Cole is mired in terrifying visions.
The Beadworkers - Stories - by Beth Piatote, Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, is a book of poetry, verse, and prose. The four parts of The Beadworkers is an exploration of Native American life through land and life, Indian Wars, I tell my story/I conjure my powers/I make a wish and, human beings. Each story is a gift. Feast I, Feast II and Feast III introduce The Beadworkers moving to Indian Wars in The News of the Day and Fish Wars and include stories about treaties and rights. These actions and reactions of these stories resonate long after the events.
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.
Devil in the Woods, by D.A. Lockhart of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation, is a series of letter and prayer fictional and real poems addressed to Canadian figures. The 69 poems are addressed to Shawn Atleo, Pierre Berton, Steve Wojeck, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Polley, K.D. Lang, Robertson Davies, and Don Cherry, among others, making these poems personal, conversational, approachable and capturing voice.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner includes a foreword by Joni Mitchell who like Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) has ties to Saskatchewan and writes songs with emotion and a message, both walking their own paths. In this 298-page book, the prologue describes Buffy Sainte-Marie’s early interactions with the music scene that included the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, her blacklisting, touring, show business perspective with Vanguard and other artists singing or using her songs like Elvis Presley, and the power and intrinsic value of music, resistance and protest.
Treaty # by Armand Garnet Ruffo, Ojibwe, is a collection of poems arranged in three parts: Impetus Ungainly, Travelogue Sightline and Boreal Investigative. Each part uses poetry to address historical and contemporary moments broadly related to treaties and inspired by the author's many experiences and writing contexts. Impetus Ungainly, Treaty No.9, begins with a poem, Doctrine of Discovery but with a twist. The Claim, #1: Red Space, #2: White Space, Material World and Red is a Poem are some of the poems in part one.
Chasing Painted Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor (Ojibwe) is the story of cold but happy Harry in spite of being destitute due to a negligent and schizophrenic society confused in its understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and everybody else, in a so-called just, multicultural society. But Harry had talents coming from an oral culture. Ralph from Otter Lake reserve but now a Toronto Police officer meets Harry in curious circumstances. Danielle from Otter Lake reserve, who drew the original Horse on the Everything Wall, goes missing.
Clifford by Harold R. Johnson, a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, is dedicated to Harold Johnson’s older brother, Clifford Melton Johnson. Clifford is a memoir based on fact, fiction, and stories. The story begins in northern Saskatchewan on a highway construction project, where a Swedish/Sami immigrant and Cree, Nihiyithaw woman meet in the early 1900s. The story follows the lives of the Johnson family but especially the author and his brother, Clifford, and their discussions premised on their rational minds and internal messages.