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.
Voices from the Skeena is a collaboration between oral historian Robert Budd and artist Roy Henry Vickers. The Skeena River, the second longest in British Columbia, and called the Xsien or Water of the Clouds by the Tsimshian and Gitksan for the role it plays in their lives, is also the focus of voices of other past inhabitants of the region. In this respect, by the 1800s the river was also home to gold seekers, traders, salmon fishers and other settlers drawn to the region by the area's beauty and natural resources.
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.
The Song Within My Heart is now available in paperback and is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
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 prequel to this book is, ‘Those Who Run in the Sky’, the young adult, coming-of-age novel, written by Iqaluit-based Inuk author Aviaq Johnston. This is a continuation of the story of the young shaman named Piturniq or Pitu and in ‘Those Who Dwell Below’, Piturniq has returned to face the great forces within the world, listen, hear their messages and possibly survive.
‘Shoolee – The Early Years’ is about a young girl growing up within the Anishinaabe way of life of hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and knowing the importance of listening and being aware of the land.It is also a response to inspire Anishinaabeg to write about their history, language and culture and to share this. The book is about Shirley or Shoolee as she was also known, her brothers and sisters, father the fisherman and hunter and trapper, and her mother. There are also traditional teachings, making crafts and stories about school, farming.