Bones by Tyler Pennock, Cree/Metis adoptee from the Slave Lake area of Alberta, is a collection of poems about a young two-spirit Indigenous man moving through shadow and trauma toward strength and awareness. This debut is about the ways we process the traumas of our past, and about how often these experiences eliminate moments of softness and gentleness. Here, the poems journey inward, guided by the world of dreams, seeking memories of a loving sister lost beneath layers of tragedy and abuse.
Love After the End edited by Joshua Whitehead, Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-spirit, Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1), is an anthology of queer Indigenous speculative fiction. This groundbreaking fiction collection showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer) Indigenous writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through utopian narratives that detail the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism's histories.
From the Roots Up is the second volume in the Surviving the City series by Tasha Spillett-Sumner (she/her/hers who draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines, and illustrated by Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) a self-taught illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. In From the Roots Up, Dez and Miikwan’s stories continue. Dez’s grandmother has passed away. Grieving, and with nowhere else to go, she’s living in a group home.
In Men, Masculinity and the Indian Act, Martin Cannon, Onyota’a:ka (Oneida Nation) Turtle Clan, is about the inter-relationship between sexism and racialization. This book focuses on the impact of the Indian Act on the divisibility of Indigenous women into either/or ‘women’ or ‘Indians’. It also focuses on the collectivity of “Indians” in this Act, which affects men, women, two-spirit, transgendered or gay people.
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age Story, the engaging, honest and thought provoking memoir by Cree author Darrel J McLeod is the 2018 Governor General English Literary Award winner for non-fiction. Mamaskatch —named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared—is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles.
Fire Song is a young adult novel by first-time prose writer Adam Garnet Jones. Following the release of his independent film of the same name, Jones was approached by Annick Press because they believed this story would make a fine novel. Cree/Metis/Danish filmmaker found the task challenging and the result is potentially an award-winning book that will appeal to teens.
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids is the 2018 paper edition release from award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Much more than interviews with 45 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American youth between the ages of 9 to 18, Looks Like Daylight offers readers a first-hand account of their cultural beliefs, values, and aspirations for the future. Despite issues of poverty, the legacy of residential and boarding school, and drug and alcohol abuse, these voices combine to create a compelling collection of Indigenous youth voices.
The Eagle's Path is an illustrated children's fiction book by Michelle Corneau for Strong Nations Publishing. Colour pencil sketches by Audrey Keating illustrate the story of 10-year old Anna whose school friend Jill announces she prefers girls when the two talk about boys at their school. Anna is troubled and her parents notice Anna is unusually quiet at home. Her mother gently asks what is troubling Anna.
Love Beyond Body, Space & Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-fi Anthology are stories Indigenous writers, LGBT and/or two-spirit and their allies, and they deliberately employ science fiction and fantasy as a way of imagining a future that is positively Indigenous and positively LGBT, but also simply, plainly positive.
Listening to the Beat of Our Drum: Stories of Parenting in a Contemporary Society is a collection of stories, inspired by a wealth of experiences across space and time from a kokum, an auntie, two-spirit parents, a Metis mother, a Tlinglit/Anishnabe Metis mother and an allied feminist mother. This book is born our of the need to share experiences and stories. Storytelling is one of the most powerful forms of passing on teachings and values that we have in our Indigenous communities.