The Salmon Run is the 2016 picture book released from Theytus Books. Carrier also known as Dakelh artist Clayton Gauthier is the author and illustrator of this dual language information book. Gauthier took a writing course at the En’owkin Centre in British Columbia and ended up in a children's literature writing course. Through the course he was inspired to create a primary level account of one of the most important food sources on the Northwest Coast.
Legacy is the first novel by Waubgeshig Rice, whose collection of stories; Midnight Sweatlodge was the Gold Medal Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2012 for Adult Multicultural Fiction. Set in the 1990s, Legacy deals with violence against a young Indigenous woman and its lingering after-shocks on an Anishinaabe family in Ontario. Its themes of injustice, privilege and those denied it, reconciliation and revenge, are as timely as today's headlines. Waubgeshig Rice is a broadcast journalist and writer who lives in Ottawa.
The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy by Cherie Dimaline is one of four shortlisted finalists in CODE's (Canadian Organization for Development through Education) 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. A galaxy of odd planets spins around Ruby Bloom’s head, slick and regulated as a game of snooker. The big purple one is Anxiety. It grew in the slipstream of Guilt, a smooth, loud planet with two moons: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Agoraphobia. The black one is Envy. It’s crusted with ice and solid as tungsten.
Midnight Sweatlodge is a collection of 4 short stories all interwoven into a common thread by journalist and author Waubgeshig Rice, a member of Wausasking First Nation. The short, 96-page collection explores the intense emotions and feeling as a group of First Nation people undertake spiritual and physical healing during a sweatlodge ceremony. Each person seeks traditional wisdom and insight to overcome pain and hardship, and the characters give us glimpses into their lives that are both tearful and true.
The Moon Speaks Cree: A Winter Adventure is the most recent chapter book from Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden, published by Theytus. Learning the universal lessons of Cree culture, young Lawrence rides his father’s long toboggan pulled by four eager dogs, invents a sliding machine that really works from his grandfather’s old steamer trunk, reconnects with his older brother and learns the secrets of winter survival from his parents and grandparents.
As I Remember It yields first-person insight into issues such as childhood abuse, adoption, foster parents, prostitution, but beyond that, it will draw you in with its unblinking portrait of a young First Nation girl who discovers that she possesses a core of strength equal to that of her storybook heroines.
First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style contains ten short stories by Sto:lo poet, playwright, and author Lee Maracle. This collection includes the title story, in which Maracle explores views on sexuality, relationships, love, family, loss and healing in Salish and First Nations cultures. The last story, Canoe, is a moving story about a son who has recently lost his mother, and a step-father still grieving his wife.
Diane Honey Jacobson's latest book, My Life with the Salmon, is an important comment about First Nations efforts to save the salmon and her personal youthful journey to find meaning and a sense of place in life. Like the style in her first book My Life in a Kwagu'l Big House, Diane's style in My Life with the Salmon is full of action, amazing adventures and fascinating connections between land, water and people. In My Life with the Salmon, we follow Honey through sometimes hilarious and sometimes difficult periods but we always learn a life lesson.
From Lishamie is the engaging memoir of Albert Canadien, a Dene man who spent several years in Fort Providence's Sacred Heart residential school. Originally from Lishamie, the small village located approximately nine miles down river from Fort Providence; Canadien began school at the age of seven speaking only his Slavey language. He attended the school yearly until he was 13, at which point he went to residential schools in Fort Resolution and Fort Smith before finishing at Akaitcho Hall in Yellowknife.
Two Trails Narrow: A Novel by Stephen McGregor follows the lives of two Algonquin young men, Ryman McGregor and Abraham Scott, who united as wannabe escapees from the harsh hands of the Jesuit priests at St. Xavier's Residential School outside Spaniards Bay on Lake Ontario. With the help of a kind man and Ryman's sister, they are successful in their escape from the priests and their RCMP trackers. Arriving home on the reserve had its good fortunes but also marked their partition.