Spíləxmn is a memoir by best-selling author Nicola I. Campbell, Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis from British Columbia. She deftly weaves rich poetry and vivid prose into a story basket of memories orating what it means to be an intergenerational survivor of Indian Residential Schools. If the hurt and grief we carry is a woven blanket, it is time to weave ourselves anew. We can’t quit. Instead, we must untangle ourselves from the negative forces that have impacted our existence as Indigenous people.
Bkejwanong Dbaajmowinan/Stories of Where the Waters Divide by Monty McGahey II who is of Anishinaabe and Oneida descent and raised in Chippewas of the Thames, where he currently works in language revitalization. Bkejwanong means “where the waters part,” but the waters of St. Clair River are not a point of separation. The same waters that sustain life on and around Bkejwanong—formerly known as Walpole Island, Ontario—flow down into Chippewas of the Thames, the community to which author Monty McGahey II belongs.
Indigenous Toronto: Stories That Carry This Place is a collection of perspectives by and about Indigenous Toronto, past, present, and future. Beneath every major city in North America lies a deep and rich Indigenous history that has been colonized, paved over, and ignored. Few of its current inhabitants know that Toronto has seen 12,000 years of different peoples, including the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, and a vibrant culture and history that thrives to this day.
Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and pride. Families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In a high school gym full of color and song, people dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. Young protagonists will meet relatives from far away, mysterious strangers, and sometimes one another (plus one scrappy rez dog).
The East Side of It All by Joseph Dandurand, a member of Kwantlen First Nation, is a first-hand experience of life in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the ongoing process of healing through reconnection with family, the natural world and traditional Indigenous, Kwantlen, storytelling. Dandurand's voice is lyrical yet intimate, obscured yet sitting with you at the kitchen table. The East Side of It All is the journey of a broken man who finally accepts his storytelling gift and shares with the world his misery, joy and laughter.
Haida Eagle Treasures: Traditional Stories and Memories From A Teacher of the Tsath Lanas Clan, by Pansy Collison with original artwork by Paul White, celebrates Haida culture through storytelling. Take a journey into the heart of Haida culture as it is lived and experienced by an extraordinary woman of the Tsath Lanas Eagle Clan, Pansy Collison, a Haida woman born and raised in Old Massett on Haida Gwaii.
Gather: Richard Van Camp on Storytelling is by Richard Van Camp, a member of the Tlicho Dene First Nation. Stories are medicine. During a time of heightened isolation, author Richard Van Camp shares what he knows about the power of storytelling - and offers some of his own favourite stories from Elders, friends, and family. Gathering around a campfire, or the dinner table, we humans have always told stories. Through them, we define our identities and shape our understanding of the world. He writes of the power of storytelling and its potential to transform speakers and audiences alike.
Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America, is an edited book by Nora Shalaway Carpenter and includes Indigenous authors. For most of America’s history, rural people and culture have been casually mocked, stereotyped, and, in general, deeply misunderstood. Now an array of short stories, poetry, graphic short stories, and personal essays, along with anecdotes from the authors’ real lives, dives deep into the complexity and diversity of rural America and the people who call it home.
Th’owxiya / The Hungry Feast Dish by Kwantlen First Nation writer, Joseph Dandurand, is the story of the Kwantlen First Nation village of Squa’lets and the tale of Th’owxiya, an old and powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish of tempting, beautiful foods from around the world. But even surrounded by this delicious food, Th’owxiya herself craves only the taste of children. When she catches a hungry mouse named Kw’at’el stealing a piece of cheese from her dish, she threatens to devour Kw’at’el’s whole family, unless he can bring Th’owxiya two child spirits.