The Elders Are Watching, 5th edition, reflects collaboration between poet David Bouchard and artist Roy Henry Vickers. First released in 1990, this combination of poetic art explores the theme of First Nations and their relationship to the environment. Twenty-five evocative, colour images drawn by Vickers are combined with four-line verses written by Bouchard. Together the Tsimshian artist and the British Columbian teacher gently focus the reader's attention to the importance of the environment and the teachings of the elders. Vickers' art pieces often contain shadow images of the Northwest Coast elders of the past viewing the water, land, and skyline of modern society. The elders are concerned about the impact of logging, excessive hunting and fishing, and the devastation of pollution on the water, land and air. The verses ask the reader to look toward the sun and know that the elders are in fact watching our reactions. The elders hope that today's generation will acknowledge the teachings and show respect for the land and the natural world. Vickers and Bouchard have combined their talents to produce a book that celebrates the importance of the environment and the need for all citizens to respect the land and its gifts.