Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner includes a foreword by Joni Mitchell who like Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) has ties to Saskatchewan and writes songs with emotion and a message, both walking their own paths. In this 298-page book, the prologue describes Buffy Sainte-Marie’s early interactions with the music scene that included the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, her blacklisting, touring, show business perspective with Vanguard and other artists singing or using her songs like Elvis Presley, and the power and intrinsic value of music, resistance and protest.
The McDonalds: The Lives & Legends of a Kaska Dena Family by Allison Tubman (Kaska Dena) is a photography book with accompanying text of The McDonalds from the northeast region of British Columbia. This book chronicles the McDonalds family in photos and stories contributed by family and friends, organizations, business owners, and historical societies. First Nation bands and Chiefs and Councils have also contributed to the success of this book. The McDonalds is a chronology of the lives of Old Man Sean McDonald and Ah-Soo and their fourteen children.
Treaty # by Armand Garnet Ruffo, Ojibwe, is a collection of poems arranged in three parts: Impetus Ungainly, Travelogue Sightline and Boreal Investigative. Each part uses poetry to address historical and contemporary moments broadly related to treaties and inspired by the author's many experiences and writing contexts. Impetus Ungainly, Treaty No.9, begins with a poem, Doctrine of Discovery but with a twist. The Claim, #1: Red Space, #2: White Space, Material World and Red is a Poem are some of the poems in part one.
Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun, Portraits of Everyday Life in Eight Indigenous Communities by Paul Seesequasis, nîpisîhkopâwiyiniw (Willow Cree) writer, journalist, cultural advocate and commentator, is a collection of found photographs from archives, libraries and museums. The photographers included in Blanket Toss Under Midnight have relationships with their subject matter.
77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin by Thomas King (Cherokee and Greek), an award winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer, presents his first collection of poems. In 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin, Thomas King uses 77 poems to delve into personal, historical and contemporary issues that have affected Indigenous peoples. He does this through his interpretation of Creation stories. The poems reflect and often refer to previous poems as the past, present, future, past... and so critiques the circularity of past and contemporary issues.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
Chasing Painted Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor (Ojibwe) is the story of cold but happy Harry in spite of being destitute due to a negligent and schizophrenic society confused in its understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and everybody else, in a so-called just, multicultural society. But Harry had talents coming from an oral culture. Ralph from Otter Lake reserve but now a Toronto Police officer meets Harry in curious circumstances. Danielle from Otter Lake reserve, who drew the original Horse on the Everything Wall, goes missing.
Dreamfast, A Trail of Stories to Lead You Home, by Elizabeth Doxtater is a call to Action #95 to create a time for the children and (now) adults who were taken away from communities as children to be welcomed home, so they know they were missed and know that when they return home, they will be loved and protected. Dreamfast is a collection of short stories - a dreamfast-repatriation strategy – to say welcome home. Each story and the accompanying images is part of a connecting land bridge for those children (now) adults who seek to come home.
Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Theatre on the World Stage is edited by Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber (Metis/Cree), Kathleen Irwin, and Moira J. Day. Performing Turtle Island cites the TRC Call to Action 83 for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process. Acting on this call the two main parts of this work refer to Critical Self-Representation in Production and Training in part I: and, part II Performance in Dialogue with the Text.