As Long as the Sun Shines is a collection of poems by Janet Rogers who is an award-winning Mohawk and Tuscarora poet from Six Nations of the Grand River. As Long as the Sun Shines is inspired by Janet Roger’s global perspectives. This work references the concept of forever associated with the Haudenosaunee Two Row Wampum Agreement based on relationship and environmental concern. Assembled in three sections: Nations March Together with poems such as The Ever Present Tomahawk, Know Your Generosity and Bank-notable E.
Northern Wildflower is a memoir by Catherine Lafferty, Dene centred around her life in the Northwest Territories and Alberta. With a foreword by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, this is the life story of Catherine Lafferty growing up and her struggles with intergenerational trauma, discrimination, poverty, addiction, love and loss. This story is also about cultural awareness for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers.
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.
At the Mountain’s Base is a book release from Penguin Publishing through their new imprint Kokila centring on stories that have nuance and depth in the way children and young adults interpret their world. Traci Sorell, Cherokee, and Weshoyot Alvitre, Tongva/Scots-Gaelic, as author and illustrator respectively, have collaborated to publish At the Mountain’s Base. At The Mountain’s Base is a poem that uses vivid and colourful images to draw the reader from the mountain’s base to the hickory tree to the cabin where a family have gathered.
'Hiraeth' is a 2019 First Nation Communities READ book of poems by Carol Rose Daniels (Cree/Dene). She is a published novelist (Bearskin Diary in 2015), poet, playwright, visual artist and musician. In 'Hiraeth', the reader is drawn to poems of nostalgia, yearning, the grief of lost places, a homesickness for home. Arranged in three sections that weave helpers, abandonment and spirit wisdom, these poems are powerful, a gift. The poems speak to a journey of struggle to find a place to belong and finding it. This is a highly recommended.
Unearthing Secrets Gathering Truths is the first book of poetry by Jules Arita Koostachin, Attawapiskat First Nation member. This work is divided into four parts: InNiNeWak (Human Beings), WiKwam (Home), MiTeWin (Dreams) and IsKweWak (Cree Womyn). The poems reflect life, voice, spirit world, mothers, freedom, truth and love seen through the eyes of an Indigenous woman. Through the process of the poems, which were a twenty-year journey, she finds the courage to face her difficult past and gathers truths of her family to heal.
'A Matter of Conscience' follows the lives of Brenda and Greg, born at similar times. Brenda was taken in the Sixties Scoop from northwest Ontario and given to a White family; Greg is the only child of a small town Ontario couple. Their lives intersect in unexpected ways and their story weaves politics, injustices, and atrocities into a story of love, despair, redemption, and reflection.
In 'Metis Pioneers' MacKinnon compares the survival strategies of two Métis women - Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed born during the fur trade – one from the French-speaking free trade tradition and one from the English-speaking Hudson’s Bay Company tradition – who settled in southern Alberta as the fur trade declined in favour of paper trade and a changing social landscape. Born of family involved in the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company respectively this is the story of their French-Metis and Anglo-Metis lives.
Honouring the Strength of Indian Women is a combination of many efforts inspired by Vera Manuel. Manuel’s dramatherapy groups generated several scripts and selected poems, plays, photos, short stories were collated by University of Manitoba Press First Voices, First Texts and The People and the Text project, from protected and archived works by Emalene Manuel, Vera’s sister.