From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle is his memoir. From being lost and alone, falling apart, living on the streets and later to reconciliation, From the Ashes is Thistle’s life story. Through four parts from 1997 to 2015 he recounts life through his stories of growing up berry picking with his Kokum in Debden, Saskatchewan; through his parents’ separation, and living rough, begging and going hungry with his father and then being in foster care.
Two Roads is a historical fiction novel set in America in 1932 and narrated by 12-year old youth Cal Blackbird who is travelling across the countryside with his father. The pair calls themselves knights of the road, hobos following an ethical code, who ride the rails searching for their next meal, odd jobs, and a safe place to sleep. Renowned Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac has crafted a remarkable tale about a father and son who are searching for a new home after the loss of Cal’s mother and their beloved family farm.
Indigenous Homelessness: Perspectives from Canada, New Zealand and Australia provides a comprehensive exploration of the Indigenous experience of homelessness. It testifies to ongoing cultural resilience and lays the groundwork for practices and policies designed to better address the conditions that lead to homelessness among Indigenous peoples. The 19 essays in this collection explore the meaning and scope of Indigenous homelessness in the Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
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 Long Run by award-winning Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac is the most recent release by 7th Generations Books in the PathFinders Series. This series is ideal for reluctant readers interested in realistic and action-filled, linear plots written by Native American and First Nation authors. This young adult fictional account a seventeen year old Passamaquoddy youth who runs away from the Seattle homeless shelter back to his elderly grandparents in Maine.
No Address by Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin tackles the issue of Native homelessness in Montreal in 1980s. Many First Nations individuals arrive in Montreal searching for a better life through education and employment but often find themselves without money, friends or a home. Some find their way to the Native Friendship Centre and its programs that assist Native clients and their transition to the urban area. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada.
Four chronically homeless people - Amelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Digger - seek refuge in a warm movie theatre when a severe Arctic Front descends on the city. During what is supposed to be a one-time event, this temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world, and once the weather clears, continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist who has turned his back on writing the same story over and over again in favour of the escapist qualities of film, and an unlikely friendship is struck.
Aboriginal Policy Research: Moving Forward, Making a Difference, volume 4 is a collection of papers about Aboriginal Peoples presented at the second Aboriginal Research Policy Conference held in Ottawa in 2006. Co-chaired by Dan Beavon of INAC, Jerry White of University of Western Ontario, and Peter Dinsdale of the National Association of Friendship Centres, the conference examined health issues, governance, and housing and homelessness among Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. This fourth volume of the series presents 16 essays organized into three sections.