Three Feathers: A Graphic Novel by Richard Van Camp explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations. Three young men, Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert, have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they've done?
A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance: Imagining Multilingualism is a slim volume from the University of Alberta Press and Canadian Literature Centre's Henry Kreisel Lecture series in March of 2014 by the talented playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter, Tomson Highway. Essentially a biographical tour of Tomson Highway's lifelong learning in cultural knowledge, languages (Cree, Dene, Latin, French, English, and Spanish), classical music, and world travel, the lecture touches on his early childhood, residential school, and adult years all told with delicious Trickster-like humour.
Over the course of the last twenty years, Native American and Indigenous American literary studies has experienced a dramatic shift from a critical focus on identity and authenticity to the intellectual, cultural, political, historical, and tribal nation contexts from which these Indigenous literatures emerge. The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature reflects on these changes and provides a complete overview of the current state of the field.
In March 2010 the Canadian Literature Centre hosted award-winning novelist and storyteller Eden Robinson at the 4th annual Henry Kreisel Lecture. Robinson shared an intimate look into the intricacies of family, culture, and place through her talk, The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols and Modern Storytelling.
2015 Shortlist Title for First Nation Communities Read. Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices is a visually stunning, and thought-provoking anthology featuring the work 64 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists. 46 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American established and first-time authors, musicians, poets, filmmakers, photographers and creative thinkers all considering identity, authentic voice, and honesty. This collection, published by Annick Press, marks a turning point in Aboriginal young-adult creative non-fiction.
Celia's Song is a young adult novel by renowned Sto:lo author, poet, and storyteller Lee Maracle. Celia's Song relates one Nuu-chah-nulth family's harrowing experiences over several generations, after the brutality, interference, and neglect resulting from contact with Europeans. Mink is a witness, a shape shifter, compelled to follow the story that has ensnared Celia and her village, on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Nuu-chah-nulth territory.
Frank Christopher Busch has won Second Prize in the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Grey Eyes author Frank Christopher Busch is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and grew up in northern Manitoba. He has spent his professional life working with First Nations businesses, non-profits and governments at the band, regional tribal council, provincial, national and international levels. He lives in Westbank First Nation, British Columbia.
Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience is the winner in CODE's (Canadian Organization for Development through Education) 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience by Cree, Lakota, and Scottish author Monique Gray Smith is part memoir and part healing guide. Monique Gray Smith received the award on September 27th at the Winnipeg Gala. This creative non-fiction book tells the story of a young Indigenous woman coming of age in Canada in the 1980s.