Orange Shirt Day tells the story of Orange Shirt Day, a day observed annually on September 30th to honour residential school survivors and their families, and to remember those who did not make it. This book explores the historical impact on Indigenous people in order to create champions who will walk a path of reconciliation through Orange Shirt Day, promoting the message that Every Child Matters. The Orange Shirt Society is a non-profit society based in Williams Lake BC that grew out of the events in 2013 inspired by Chief Robbins' vision for reconciliation.
Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid (paperback ed.) is an account of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or have been found murdered through stories of their lives .The 725-kilometre stretch of highway in British Columbia known as Highway of Tears or Highway 16, includes the River Skeena, and has sparked a national crisis of tragedy and travesty for the missing and murdered women and girls who are associated with it.
Thanks for Giving is a play by Kevin Loring, a member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation in Lytton, B.C. and Nan’s family is home for Thanksgiving, but some unsolicited truths are about to be dropped at the dinner table. Old wounds and new realities collide, and sibling rivalry is stoked, but the enduring spirit that guides this family charges on, ever fierce. Thanks for Giving offers plenty to chew on.
Spirit of the Grassroots People: Seeking Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada's Colonial Education System, is edited by Raymond Mason, a respected survivor, activist, and Elder who resides in Peguis First Nation, Manitoba; Jackson Pind and Theodore Michael Christou. Spirit of the Grassroots People is a firsthand account of the personal and political challenges Mason confronted on this journey – a memoir.
Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin: Reclaiming, Reconnecting, and Demystifying Resiliency as Life Force Energy for Residential School Survivors is by Theresa Turmel, Anishinaabe-kwe from Michpicoten First Nation. Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin is a twenty-five year research and community based book.
Moccasin Souls is by Jules Koostachin, Cree and band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, the Ancestral lands of the MoshKeKo InNiNeWak. Moccasin Souls, a haunting memoir follows AaSheeNii / Good Spirit, a hopeful Trickster with a burning desire for change and growth, as they set off on their path into the world of the InNiNeWak/human beings. Selected by a council of Sacred Beings, AaSheeNii makes their way into the world of the living on AsKi / Earth.
Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wa'xaid is written by Briony Penn with Cecil Paul, Wa’xaid, a respected elder, activist and orator, and one of the last fluent speakers of his people’s language. Cecil Paul was born in 1931 in the Kitlope and raised on fishing, hunting, trapping and gathering. At the age of 10 he was torn from his family and placed in a residential school run by the United Church of Canada at Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island. For years, Cecil suffered from the pain of the abuse inflicted there.
In Genocidal Love: A Life after Residential School author Bevann Fox, a member of Pasqua First Nation, originally from Piapot First Nation, delves into the long-term effects of childhood trauma on those who attended residential school and demonstrates the power of story to help in recovery and healing. Presenting herself as “Myrtle,” Bevann Fox recounts her early childhood filled with love and warmth on the First Nation reservation with her grandparents.
Powwow Summer by Nahanni Shingoose, Saulteaux, is a coming-of-age story about a teen girl who experiences her Indigenous heritage in a meaningful way. Part Ojibwe and part white, River lives with her white mother and stepfather on a farm in Ontario. Teased about her Indigenous heritage as a young girl, she feels like she doesn't belong and struggles with her identity.
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, a member of Norway House Cree Nation and translated by Marsha Blacksmith, a member of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, and illustrated by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis author, illustrator, is an empowering story of resistance that gently introduces children to the history of residential schools in Canada. In When We Were Alone, a young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. As she asks questions, her grandmother tells her about her experiences in a residential school.