Five Little Indians is written by Michelle Good of Cree ancestry and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and whose mother and grandmother were residential school survivors. In Five Little Indians, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school. They are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention.
The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree by Ruth Dyckfehderau and the James Bay Cree Storytellers is the second edition of the groundbreaking work of the same name and now includes an epilogue with an update on each storyteller. In The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee Ruth DyckFehderau and twenty-seven storytellers offer a rich and timely accounting of contemporary life in Eeyou Istchee, the territory of the James Bay Cree of Northern Quebec.
Dakwäkãda Warriors is by Cole Pauls a Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and printmaker from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory. Growing up, Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers and encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone. Dakwäkãda Warriors is a bilingual comic about two earth protectors saving the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches. In this work Pauls was supported by Elders’ consultation and translation in revitalizing the language.
In The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation, David B. MacDonald confronts the truths of Canada’s Indian residential school systems and likens this to waking a sleeping giant. In this book genocide is used as an analytical tool to better understand Canada’s past and present relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples. David B.
Little Butterfly Girl: An Indian Residential School Story is a picture book produced by the Union of Ontario Indians based on an original account by Jenny Restoule-Mallozzi. With original colour illustrations by Donald Chretien, this story recounts the experiences of an Ojibwe child forced to attend residential school. The tragic account is brought full-circle when Mary begins her healing journey with encouragement from her family.
Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future, Residential Schools is part of a set of 32-page books produced by Red Line Editorial for Beech Street Books and edited by Marie Pearson. Designed for elementary students from grades 4 to 7 the books offer introductions to the history of Indigenous Peoples in the story of Canada. Residential School by Heather Hudak has six chapters. Chapter one defines residential schools by discussing culture, false stereotypes, missionaries and government action.
Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams is an award-winning picture book in the Spirit Bear series written by Order of Canada recipient Cindy Blackstock (Gitxsan Nation) and illustrated by Amanda Strong (Michif). In this story Spirit Bear is on his way home from a sacred ceremony when he meets Jake, a friendly dog, with a bag full of paper hearts attached to wood stakes.
On the Side of the Angels by Jose Amaujaq Kusugak and illustrated by Hwei Lim, is the memoir of Jose Amaujaq Kusugak's life. An excerpt is: "Then one day a ‘flyable’ took me away from our world through the sky to a dark and desolate place" and from his Arctic childhood, growing up playing games, enjoying food caught by hunters, and watching his mother preparing skins. He was one of the first generation of Inuit children who were taken from their homes and communities and sent to live in residential schools.
Reflections From Them Days: A Residential School Memoir From Nunatsiavut is written and illustrated by Nellie Winters, an Elder from Okak Bay living in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut, and translated and edited by Erica Oberndorfer. When Nellie Winters was 11 years old, she was sent to attend the Nain Boarding School, a residential school 400 kilometres from her home. In this memoir, she recalls life before residential school, her experiences at the school, and what it was like to come home.
Making A Whole Person: Traditional Inuit Education, is written by Monica Ittusardjuat, Inuit educator and linguist and illustrated by Yong Ling Kang. In Making A Whole Person, Monica Ittusardjuat says: "Before schools were introduced to the Inuit, we were taught by our relatives.” In this picture book, she shares how she learned knowledge and skills in a time before being taken to residential school.