river woman is a collection of poems by Métis author Katherena Vermette, the Governor General's award-winning novelist and poet. Inspired by the famed geographic location of the Red River, the collection is divided into three sections: black river, red river, and an other story. Lines are simple and short expressing the poet’s relationship with the land and water. In the poem about New Year’s 2013 we find party-goers at the famed corner Portage and Main in downtown Winnipeg.
All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward is the publication of Tanya Talaga's five speeches given as part of the CBC’s Massey Lecture Series. Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and First Nation Communities Read: Young Adult/Adult. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star, and has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. She was also named the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy.
The Break is a 2016 release by Métis author and poet Katherena Vermette. When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend.
The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel is a 128-page, full colour, adult theme graphic novel. Based on the PhD thesis, Reconciliation, repatriation and reconnection: A framework for building resilience in Canadian Indigenous families, Métis counsellor Patti Laboucane-Benson presents a fictionalized graphic novel that reads as a crime novel. This evidence-based work of creative non-fiction is illustrated by non-Aboriginal graphic artist Kelly Mellings. Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict.
Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812 published in 2012 by House of Anansi Press celebrates and acknowledges the roles of the Shawnee leader Tecumseh and General Brock during the War of 1812. Part biography and military history, author James Laxer provides a highly readable account of the men and their times. At the heart of this story is the unlikely friendship and political alliance of Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief and charismatic leader of the Indigenous confederacy, and Major-General Isaac Brock, defender and protector of the British Crown.
The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative is the 2003 Massey lectures by award-winning author and scholar Thomas King. In true storyteller fashion King looks at the breadth and depth of First Nations experience and imagination in this humour-filled talk. Beginning with traditional oral stories, King weaves his way through identity, literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social issues, in an effort to make sense of Canada's relationship with Aboriginal peoples. Reads as a Native Studies 100 history course ideal for secondary students and public libraries.