The Train is written by Jodie Callaghan, a Mi’gmaq woman from Listuguj First Nation in Gespegewa’gi near Quebec. The Train is illustrated by Georgia Lesley. This is story of a young girl, Ashley who is slowly walking back from school when she meets her Uncle. He is sad. He tells Ashley his story of first going to residential school and the important lesson of knowing where you come from. This story is colourfully illustrated yet invokes the sadness that Ashley and her Uncle feel. It is also descriptive with a short glossary of Mig’maq words.
Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is written and illustrated by Joanne Robertson and translated by Shirley Williams and Isadore Toulouse. Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and author and illustrator of The Water Walker. Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is for babies and toddlers and in both English and Anishinaabemowin. This book is written from an Anishinaabe water protector's perspective. There are many words associated with the importance of water - rain, snow, splashing, drinking and our role to thank, respect and protect Nibi. Nibi is water and water is life.
Just Lucky by Cree/Scottish author Melanie Florence is the story of Lucky, a teen who tries to find home again with the help of her friend, Ryan and her Grandma. A number of events leaves Lucky in the hands of Children’s Aid. She is moved between foster homes and school districts, all the while trying to fit in under difficult circumstances. Her foster home experiences are a mix of bad and better ones. Just Lucky weaves friendship, bullying, family and loss with love, patience and responsibility.
The Case of Windy Lake is a chapter book for young readers who enjoy mysteries and problem-solving along with traditions and culture. The author of ‘A Mighty Muskrats Mystery’ series, Michael Hutchinson is a citizen of Misipawistik Cree Nation in the Treaty 5 territory, and his familiarity with the land and life experiences are reflected in these mystery adventures. Cousins Samuel, Chickadee, Atim and Otter – the Mighty Muskrats - visit and live on the First Nation rez at Windy Lake. This mystery begins when an archaeologist goes missing from a mining company.
Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not A Number is the first children's picture book by Ojibwe educator Jenny Kay Dupuis from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. This book has been translated into Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe), Nbisiing dialect by Muriel Sawyer and Geraldine McLeod and contributions by Tory Fisher. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928.
kimotinâniwiw itwêwina / Stolen Words by author Melanie Florence, illustrator Gabrielle Grimard and translated into Cree by Dolores Sand and Gayle Weenie is a primary level picture book that explains language loss among First Nations residential school survivors and their descendants. Told through the eyes of a child and her grandfather, the book captures the close and caring relationship between generations as the girl learns about residential schools and language loss.
Nibi Emosaawdang / The Water Walker is a celebration of a determined Ojibwe grandmother Nokomis Josephine and her love for water nibi. After being told about the state of the world’s water and that she needed to do something about this, Nokomis was unsettled. Then she has a dream and the next morning calls her sister and women friends over to talk an idea she has. She and her friends walk to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet.
Wisdom From Our First Nations is one of the titles in the Second Story Press First Nations Book for Young Readers Series. This title contains brief biographical sketches of twelve First Nation, Métis and Native American men and women who retain their specific cultural traditions and have achieved their peoples' respect as Elders.