James Simon Mishibinijima, from Wikwemikong in the northeast of Manitoulin Island, explores the legends of the Ojibwe through this and the waterways of this island, the shores of Birch Island, the La Cloche mountains and the northern edges of Lake Huron. Manitoulin Island, according to legend, is home to spiritual portals that allow access to the spirit world of prayers that are offered up to those who have come before and who have passed. Conversely, they also allow spirits to return to the human realm and initiate contact themselves.
‘Journey to Healing: Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues: What health, social service and justice workers need to know’ is a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health publication. This book begins with a reminder that healing is an individual and collective process. Healing is sacred and requires helpers to be in the moment and with the clients’ ancestors. This implies relationships and partnerships with and between Aboriginal communities and mainstream organizations using Western and Aboriginal healing perspectives.
‘Aboriginal Law Handbook’ is the 5th edition and a revision of the 2012 publication. This handbook is a guide to legal issues but is not about Indigenous law. It is about how Canadian common law and Aboriginal rights and issues as it affects Aboriginal peoples and organizations. This work reflects the parallelism of legal systems rooted in long-standing norms and values of Aboriginal communities. Each chapter begins with Points to Remember and a discussion on the law and policy in a broad range of issues. Extensive endnotes support this discussion.
The six sections of this book provide a structure for introducing the concept of special populations for health care, research and policy and the social determinants of those in need of increased attention due to their experiences of adversity, trauma, and other barriers to health. In this book public health is not only a set of programs and services but a way of thinking about health challenges and ways of working to address broad social determinants.
‘Shoolee – The Early Years’ is about a young girl growing up within the Anishinaabe way of life of hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and knowing the importance of listening and being aware of the land. It is also a response to inspire Anishinaabeg to write about their history, language and culture and to share this. The book is about Shirley or Shoolee as she was also known, her brothers and sisters, father the fisherman and hunter and trapper, and her mother. There are also traditional teachings, making crafts and stories about school, farming.
‘Cottagers and Indians’ is about manoomin, an Anishnawbe ‘good seed’ planted around a lake and which stands above the waterline, but it is also about Gertie, Justin and Marie. The seed causes consternation with cottagers who argue that it is hampering swimming, fishing, boating and property values.
‘Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket’ tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a living work of art conceived by Carey Newman, Hayalthkin'geme, who is a multidisciplinary artist and master carver. In his artistic practice he strives to highlight Indigenous, social or environmental issues. The Witness Blanket includes hundreds of items collected from residential schools across Canada, everything from bricks, photos and letters to hockey skates, dolls and braids.
"Legends and Teachings of Xeel's the Creator by Dr. Ellen Rice White - Kwulasulwut includes a foreword by Dr. Jo-ann Archibald - Q'um Q'um Xiiem. Kwulasulwut was from Snuneymuxw First Nation, a Coast Salish People and in this books tells four traditional stories handed down to her from her grandparents and ancestors of the Coast Salish peoples of the west coast of British Columbia. The stories and the teachings embedded in them help individuals address matters of the heart, mind, body and spirit.
‘Pilleurs de rêves’ Is the French version of ‘The Marrow Thieves’, which won the Governor General's award for Young People’s Literature in 2017 and Winner, 2017 Kirkus Prize Young Readers' Literature. Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The Indigenous peoples of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream.
'Hiraeth' is a 2019 First Nation Communities READ book of poems by Carol Rose Daniels (Cree/Dene). She is a published novelist (Bearskin Diary in 2015), poet, playwright, visual artist and musician. In 'Hiraeth', the reader is drawn to poems of nostalgia, yearning, the grief of lost places, a homesickness for home. Arranged in three sections that weave helpers, abandonment and spirit wisdom, these poems are powerful, a gift. The poems speak to a journey of struggle to find a place to belong and finding it. This is a highly recommended.