In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott, Dane-Zaa and Metis/Cree is a three part memoir in her dreamless void, the in-between and the healing. The memoir follows the life of Helen Knott through her childhood, describing life during school especially after eighth grade, and as a young woman on her red road journey through rape, alcoholism and drug addiction. It is her journey of darkness through which she questions her selfhood, ancestry, faith, and existence.
Clifford by Harold R. Johnson, a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, is dedicated to Harold Johnson’s older brother, Clifford Melton Johnson. Clifford is a memoir based on fact, fiction, and stories. The story begins in northern Saskatchewan on a highway construction project, where a Swedish/Sami immigrant and Cree, Nihiyithaw woman meet in the early 1900s. The story follows the lives of the Johnson family but especially the author and his brother, Clifford, and their discussions premised on their rational minds and internal messages.
Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories, compiled by Neil Christopher, is about the dark. This book contains nine short chilling stories: Iqsinaqtutalik Piqtuq: The Haunted Blizzard - Aviaq Johnston, The Door - Ann R. Loverock, Wheetago War II Summoners - Richard Van Camp, Revenge - Thomas Anguti Johnston, Lounge - Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley and Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Utiqtuq - Gayle Kabloona, Sila by K.C. Carthew; The Wildest Game - Jay Bulckaert and Strays - Repo Kempt. There is a glossary of Inuktitut words and their pronunciation.
Elapultiek / We Are Looking Towards by Shalan Joudry, from the traditional district of Kespukwitk and of both Mi’kmaw and European ancestry, is a play first produced by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and opened at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning, Nova Scotia, Mi’kma’ki. The two main characters are Natawintoq (Nat) an early twenties Mi’kmaw drum singer and Bill, a mid fifties, Euro-Nova Scotian biologist.
Legacy: Trauma, Story and Indigenous Healing by Suzanne Methot, Nehiyaw writer, editor, educator and community worker comprises ten chapters. This book opens with a chapter on How things work and Why Stories Matter, citing reports on psychological and emotional abuse in Indigenous communities and the impact of intergenerational trauma, delegitimizing the notion that current challenges within Indigenous communities are the result of inherent deficiencies in Indigenous peoples and cultures.
As Long as the Sun Shines is a collection of poems by Janet Rogers who is an award-winning Mohawk and Tuscarora poet from Six Nations of the Grand River. As Long as the Sun Shines is inspired by Janet Roger’s global perspectives. This work references the concept of forever associated with the Haudenosaunee Two Row Wampum Agreement based on relationship and environmental concern. Assembled in three sections: Nations March Together with poems such as The Ever Present Tomahawk, Know Your Generosity and Bank-notable E.
The Reconciliation Manifesto, Recovering the Land Rebuilding the Economy is introduced by Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson and is Arthur Manuel’s call to action. Here Grand Chief Derrickson introduces the final draft of Arthur Manuel’s ideas. In this step-by-step approach on where Indigenous peoples are today as nations, how they arrived at this point and where they are headed, this book offers reconciliation guidance. Arthur Manuel also explored ideas and hidden struggles of Indigenous resurgence.