Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age Story, the engaging, honest and thought provoking memoir by Cree author Darrel J. McLeod is the 2018 Governor General English Literary Award winner for non-fiction. Mamaskatch —named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared—is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles.
Sitting By The Rapids is a slim volume of engaging poetry by Albert Dumont. He is Spiritual Advisor, Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and since 2016 he has served his community as one of 13 Elders on the Elders Advisory Committee of the Ministry of the Attorney General. In recognition for his work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010.
Indigenous Research: Theories, Practices, and Relationships is a 2018 contribution to academic understanding of Indigenous specifically Ojibwe/Anishinaabeg research methods. In this volume edited by Deborah McGregor, Jean-Paul Restoule, and Rochelle Johnston is a collection of 17 chapters thought-provoking devoted to exploring how different scholars approach research from a basis of respect, responsibility, reciprocity, and relevance which are tied together by relationships.
The Reason You Walk is one of five finalists for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. 2016 recipient of Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for non-fiction. When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew (Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation) decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant Ojibwe man who'd raised him. The Reason You Walk spans the year 2012, chronicling painful moments in the past and celebrating renewed hopes and dreams for the future.
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.
Tilly and the Crazy Eights by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith begins with eight Elders deciding to travel to the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, each of them marking off an item on their “bucket lists” along the way – dancing at the powwow, visiting Las Vegas, spreading a sister’s ashes among the red rocks of Sedona.
Structures of Difference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City presents an accessible account about the life and death of 45-year old Brian Sinclair and the consequent inquiry into his death in the emergency room of a Winnipeg hospital in 2008. Left untreated and unexamined after 34 hours of waiting, this Ojibwe man required a simple catheter change but due to racism and inherent discrimination hospital staff ignored the patient leaving him to die seated in his wheelchair.
How Medicine Came to the People: A Tale of the Ancient Cherokees is the picture book story of the origins of Cherokee herbal medicine. As the people begin to outnumber the animals and then to hunt them for their hides and meat, the days of peaceful coexistence are over. The animals take their revenge on the people by making them sick, creating rheumatism, coughs, and colds, aches and pains, fevers and swellings and rashes and allergies. The people are saved by their only remaining allies: the plants and trees that they have cultivated, who show them how to use herbal medicine to survive.
Le Livre de La Galette is a 32-page children's picture book written and illustrated by Reading Recovery teacher Linda Ducharme. It is the French language edition translated from the English edition by Mona Buors. The author tells the story of a young girl as she assists her mother with making a healthy bannock for her grandfather, called Pepere. The family is Métis and the author introduces a few Michif terms. The procedure for making bannock is described in simple sentences. The granddaughter assists by measuring the whole wheat flour and other dry ingredients.