Birdie is the outstanding debut novel by Cree law professor and activist Tracey Lindberg. A member of the As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree she has a doctoral degree in law as well as law degrees from the University of Ottawa, Harvard Law School and the University of Saskatchewan. She was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal, the most prestigious award given to a doctoral student in humanities.
Reawakening Our Ancestor's Lines: Revitalizing Inuit Traditional Tattooing is gathered and compiled by Angela Hovak Johnston. This work is an eight year project, which began as Angela Hovak Johnston's personal journey to permanently ink herself with the ancient symbols that were worn by her Inuit ancestors. In tattooing knowledge and skills are passed on continue the tradition. The stories shared in this book are personal journeys of modern Inuit women who inherited the right to be tattooed for strength, beauty, and existence, and to reclaim their history.
Our Hearts Are As One Fire by Jerry Fontaine is a vision shared. A manifesto. This remarkable work draws on Ojibway-, Ota’wa-, and Ishkodawatomi-Anishinabe world views, history, and lived experience to develop a wholly Ojibway-Anishinabe interpretation of the role of traditional leadership and governance today. Taking as his starting point the idea that Anishinabeg need to reconnect with non-colonized modes of thinking, social organization, and decision making in order to achieve genuine sovereignty, Jerry Fontaine (makwa ogimaa) looks to historically significant models.
I Will See You Again is by Lisa Boivin, a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation. When the author learns of the death of her brother overseas, she embarks on a journey to bring him home. Through memories and dreams of all they shared together and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength. The lyrical art and story leave readers with a universal message of hope and love.
Caring for Eeyou Istchee: Protected Area Creation on Wemindji Cree Territory is an edited and landmark volume for its in-depth, decade-long, detailed documentation and importance for protecting terrestrial and marine areas of Wemindjii Cree Territory through historical and political contexts and conditions of protected area development. Through the co-leadership of Chief Rodney Mark and anthropologist Colin Scott, who, with Monica Mulrennan and Katherine Scott, introduce this work, Caring for Eeyou-Istchee presents the findings and an analysis for a collaborative research program.
In Good Relation: History, Gender, and Kinship in Indigenous Feminisms, edited by Sarah Nickel, Secwépemc, and Amanda Fehr is divided into three thematic sections: Broadening Indigenous Feminisms looks beyond established categories and spaces to consider historical expressions of Indigenous feminism, transnational and regional experiences, violence, representation, and resistance; Queer, Two-Spirit, Transgender Identities and Sexuality envisions Indigenous feminism as a concept with wide ranging applicability through intersections with Indigenous queer studies; and, Multi-generational Femin
In Implicating the System: Judicial Discourses in the Sentencing of Indigenous Women, Elspeth Kaiser-Derrick’s work links the overrepresentation and intergenerational aspect of Indigenous clients involved in sex work at 80%. Other findings including from the Department of Justice Canada directly relate this to particular and distinctive historical and political processes entrenched in the colonial process.
The Beadworkers - Stories - by Beth Piatote, Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, is a book of poetry, verse, and prose. The four parts of The Beadworkers is an exploration of Native American life through land and life, Indian Wars, I tell my story/I conjure my powers/I make a wish and, human beings. Each story is a gift. Feast I, Feast II and Feast III introduce The Beadworkers moving to Indian Wars in The News of the Day and Fish Wars and include stories about treaties and rights. These actions and reactions of these stories resonate long after the events.
Resolve: The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community’s Will to Heal, is the personal life story of Andy and Phyllis Chelsea written by Carolyn Parks Mintz at their request. After meeting at the church run residential school St. Joseph’s Mission School in William’s Lake, B.C. Andy and Phyllis, like thousands of other Indigenous peoples in Canada, experienced ongoing difficulties. After marrying in 1964, the trauma of their mission school years began to destroy their marriage and family. They decided on sobriety and embarked on a lifetime of activism.
Take the Mic is edited by Bethany Morrow and is an anthology of fictional short stories, poems, prose and art that reflect a slice of the varied and limitless ways that readers like you resist every day. Take the Mic's powerful collection of stories features work by literary luminaries and emerging talent alike, including Newbery-winner Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestseller Samira Ahmed, anthologist and contributor Bethany C. Morrow, Darcie Little Badger (Lipan Apache), Keah Brown, Laura Silverman, L.D.