Canadian Aboriginal Art And Culture: Huron is one of the titles in Smartbook Media’s series, Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture, published in 2019. Each title in this series provides factual information about a First Nation and is designed for grades five and six. Authors Christine Webster and John Willis explain how the French identified this First Nation as Huron referencing the bristle-like hairstyle of Wendat men. The people called themselves Wendat, meaning people of the peninsula.
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.
Going Back Home is the story of Noreen’s experiences before and after residential school and foster homes. Through a series of dreams, which at times appear as real life to her, Noreen tries to make sense of all that has happened to her and her family especially her siblings during and after their lives in residential school and foster homes. She questions her indecisiveness; her explicable feeling of inadequacy and her powerlessness.
The Grizzly Mother is a unique non-fiction picture book about bears, seasons, Gitxsan Nation and their Northwest Coast environment. Author Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D Huson) from the Gitxsan Nation and Metis illustrator Natasha Donovan combine their skills in the creation of an informative, lyrical, and engaging read about a mother grizzly and her little
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.
Eldon Yellowhorn, is a member of the Piikani Nation and esteemed professor of First Nations studies at Simon Fraser University. He is co-author of Turtle Island, the first book in this series with award-winning Toronto author Kathy Lowinger. They have teamed up again and this time share accounts of the people, places, and events that have mattered to Eldron Yellowhorn in ‘What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous stories of rebellion and renewal’. This colourful and detailed book with reference to multimedia links, highlights key moments in Indigenous history.
Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, Labrador Innu cultural and environmental activist, is well known within and beyond the Innu Nation. She is the recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and has an honorary doctorate from Memorial University. This book began as her diary, written in Innu-aimun, with entries from 1987 to 2016, offering a detailed account of her day-to-day life, as well as reflections on Innu land, politics, culture and history. The diary was also a way for her to prepare speeches, court appearances and interviews.
‘No Surrender: The Land Remains Indigenous’ is an analysis of the federal government of Canada’s steadfast wedding to the written texts of Treaties, especially Treaty One to Treaty Seven and their context. Krasowski’s work discusses how the government has reneged on its fiduciary Treaty obligations and done little to reach a common understanding with Treaty First Nations that reflect oral accounts in order to acknowledge the original intent of the Treaty Relationship.
Pahgedenaun is a work by Robert Houle, an internationally-acclaimed Saulteaux artist and grew up in the community of Sandy Bay First Nation, on the western shore of Lake Manitoba. His real name, his Saulteaux name, is Blue Thunder, not used when he entered residential school at age seven. Pahgedenuan is a Saulteaux word expressing the self-defining and self-determining act of “letting it go from your mind” embodied in this 9 x 10.5 hardcover publication, which brings together drawings and installations of his childhood suffering.