I Lost My Talk is one of Rita Joe's most influential poems and tells this Mi'kmaw Elder's story of losing her Mi’kmaw language while at residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. The vivid and colour illustrations are by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young and compliment the poem beautifully. This poem is directed at those who took Rita Joe’s talk away when she was a little girl replacing her language with their own and in asking to find her talk again this acclaimed poem is created. A short history of residential schools and a brief note about Rita Joe is included.
Tipiskawi Kisik: Night Sky Star Stories was researched and published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in 2018. Author and Cree Knowledge Keeper, Wilfred Buck from the Opaskwayay Cree Nation, works for Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre as a science facilitator and educator. The eight traditional stories included in this 25-page book offer students and teachers oral accounts and perspectives about Cree stars and constellations.
Trust Your Name by Tim Tingle (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a book by award-winning author of an American Indian Youth Literature Awards Honor Book for Danny Blackgoat: Navajo Prisoner. In 2018 Tim Tingle received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Trust Your Name is part of the 7th Generation Pathfinders series. In Trust Your Name, Bobby and Cherokee Johnny are Cherokee Panthers and friends with Lloyd, also a Panthers basketball player.
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day (Upper Skagit) is the journaling story of Edie who wonders where her name actually comes from. After finding photos and letters in her attic with her friends, twelve-year old Edie is on a quest to find out why she is named after glamourous Edith Graham. The mystery begins to unravel amidst challenging and new friendships. A keen artist, Edie paints to find the beauty others have missed in her landscapes when she begins to include her people who lived in the area previously.
Nowhere to Hide is a young adult book by Ojibwa writer, Kim Sigafus. In this book, Autumn Dawn enjoys the outdoor life of lakes and woods of White Earth Reservation in Minnesota but at school she is bullied. With the school play only months away, homework tensions and Aunt Jessie Little Wolf coming to stay and share her room, things are becoming complicated for Autumn. Dealing with dyslexia, speech issues which she shares with her father, Autumn learns that she is not alone and can share her feelings about why she has lower grades and speech issues especially with 's'.
Just Lucky by Cree/Scottish author Melanie Florence is the story of Lucky, a teen who tries to find home again with the help of her friend, Ryan and her Grandma. A number of events leaves Lucky in the hands of Children’s Aid. She is moved between foster homes and school districts, all the while trying to fit in under difficult circumstances. Her foster home experiences are a mix of bad and better ones. Just Lucky weaves friendship, bullying, family and loss with love, patience and responsibility.
Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories, compiled by Neil Christopher, is about the dark. This book contains nine short chilling stories: Iqsinaqtutalik Piqtuq: The Haunted Blizzard - Aviaq Johnston, The Door - Ann R. Loverock, Wheetago War II Summoners - Richard Van Camp, Revenge - Thomas Anguti Johnston, Lounge - Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley and Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Utiqtuq - Gayle Kabloona, Sila by K.C. Carthew; The Wildest Game - Jay Bulckaert and Strays - Repo Kempt. There is a glossary of Inuktitut words and their pronunciation.
Elapultiek / We Are Looking Towards by Shalan Joudry, from the traditional district of Kespukwitk and of both Mi’kmaw and European ancestry, is a play first produced by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and opened at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning, Nova Scotia, Mi’kma’ki. The two main characters are Natawintoq (Nat) an early twenties Mi’kmaw drum singer and Bill, a mid fifties, Euro-Nova Scotian biologist.
If I Go Missing is a graphic novel based on a letter written by 14 year old Brianna Jonnie to the Winnipeg Police Service. The text of If I Go Missing is by Brianna Jonnie, Ojibwe, with Nahanni Shingoose, Ojibwe and Irish, and art by Neal Nshannacappo, Nakwe (Saulteaux). This graphic novel begins with a quote from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the right of Indigenous women and children to be free from all forms of violence and discrimination.
Standing Strong by Gary Robinson of Choctaw and Cherokee Indian descent, is the story of Rhonda Runningcrane. Rhonda's best friend has just committed suicide and this is on her mind as she copes with her own home issues. Going through her friend's facebook account though she stumbles upon something that will change her life. Driving north she joins a group protesting the planned building of a pipeline through sacred Native land in North Dakota.