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.
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.
Childhood Thoughts and Water by John McDonald, a sixth-generation direct descendant of Nehiyawak Chief Mistawasis and resident on Treaty Six Territory in Northern Saskatchewan, is a collection of beat poetry, spoken word, performance art and lyrical verse. This is a work which journeys into the memories and events of an urban Indigenous warrior's struggles to reconnect with a language and culture that is seemingly always almost out of reach.
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.
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.
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.
Nous sommes gentils is the French version of When We Are Kind, a children’s picture book by Monique Gray Smith of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry; and illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, who is Diné (Navajo) on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side. When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.
When We Are Kind / Nihaa ádahwiinít’i?´´igo is a Diné / English children’s picture book by Monique Gray Smith of Cree, Lakota and Scottish heritage; illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, who is Diné (Navajo) on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side and is from Santa Fe, New Mexico; and translated into Diné (Navajo) by Mildred Walters. When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.