Hunter with Harpoon is by Markoosie Patsauq (1941-2020) who was an Inuk writer, retired pilot, and community leader living near Inukjuak, Nunavik. Hunter with Harpoon is translated by Valerie Henitiuk, translation studies specialist, and Marc-Antoine Mahieu, a professor of Inuktitut. Hunter with Harpoon was first published fifty years ago under the title Harpoon of the Hunter. Markoosie Patsauq's novel helped establish the genre of Indigenous fiction in Canada.
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.
The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik) by Carol Rose GoldenEagle , Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan, navigates the unsettling, but necessary. When love of, and respect for, culture goes awry, it is our Indigenous women who bring us back to what is important. This novel is an interweaving of stories centred on a range of characters, both male and female, though the women, for the most part, are the healers. Abused in their own communities or in residential schools, these women are smart and loving and committed to helping one another.
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 Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid are those of Cecil Paul, also known by his Xenaksiala name, Wa’xaid, and who is a respected Xenaksiala elder, activist and orator, and one of the last fluent speakers of his people’s language. Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and culture than Wa’xaid (the good river), or Cecil Paul, who pursued both in his ancestral home, the Kitlope — now the largest protected unlogged temperate rainforest left on the planet.
How I Survived Four Nights on the Ice is written by Serapio Ittusardjuat who was born in a Qarmaq at Akunniq; and illustrated by Matthew Hoddy. How I Survived Four Nights on the Ice is the harrowing first-person account of Serapio Ittusardjuat's four nights spent on the open sea ice. He had few supplies and no water. This story shows courage, strength and patience as he recounts the traditional knowledge and skills that kept him alive after his snowmobile broke down halfway across the sea ice on a trip back from a fishing camp. There are notes on Inuktitut pronunciation.