Cree: Words is a two-volume Cree dictionary, which documents the Cree language and compiled by Arok Wolvengrey, Professor of Algonquian Languages and Linguistics. It provides both a guide to its spoken form for non-speakers and a guide to its written forms (both SRO and Syllabics) for speakers and non-speakers alike. The goal has thus been to collect the vocabulary of Cree as it is spoken by fluent speakers in much of western Canada, whether elders or young people.
In Genocidal Love: A Life after Residential School author Bevann Fox, a member of Pasqua First Nation, originally from Piapot First Nation, delves into the long-term effects of childhood trauma on those who attended residential school and demonstrates the power of story to help in recovery and healing. Presenting herself as “Myrtle,” Bevann Fox recounts her early childhood filled with love and warmth on the First Nation reservation with her grandparents.
In Our Own Aboriginal Voice 2: A collection of Indigenous Authors & Artists in Canada is edited by Michael Calvet and has a foreword by Edmund Metatawabin. This is a collection of short fiction, memoir, non-fiction, and poetry by Aboriginal writers from across Canada, plus original Aboriginal artwork. This anthology contains the work of established authors such as the late Connie Fife, Joanne Arnott, Michelle Sylliboy, and Dennis Saddleman as well as emerging writers from across Canada.
A Reconciliation without Recollection? An Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law in Canada by Joshua Ben David Nichols with a foreword by John Borrows and James Tully, discusses the assertion that the current framework for reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state is based on the Supreme Court of Canada’s acceptance of the Crown’s assertion of sovereignty, legislative power, and underlying title.
Eastern Cherokee Stories: A Living Oral Tradition and Its Cultural Continuance is authored by Sandra Muse Isaacs of Eastern Cherokee descent (Ani-tsisqua, Bird Clan) and Gaelic heritage (Clan MacRae), and Joyce Dugan is Former Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Joyce Dugan writes that throughout Cherokee history, ancient stories have been the essence of who they are.
On Becoming Apache by Harry Mithlo and Conger Beasley is the story of Watson Mithlo, Chiricahua Apache, his family, and his life. Watson’s story embodies the life of the Chiricahua Apache people, who in 1886 were forced into exile to Fort Marion, Florida, by the US government and considered prisoners of war until 1914. This story tells Watson’s lived history as the Chiricahua were relocated from Arizona to Florida to Alabama and finally to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. But this is also a story of Harry Mithlo, Watson’s son, and Conger Beasley, Harry’s friend. It is a story of telling a story.
In, Fight or Submit: Standing Tall in Two Worlds by Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson states in the opening to his memoir, that his “story is not a litany of complaints but a list of battles” that he has fought. And he promises he will not be overly pious in his telling of them. “As a businessman,” he writes, “I like to give the straight goods. In Fight or Submit, Grand Chief Derrickson delivers on his promise. Born and raised in a tarpaper shack, he went on to become one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in Canada.
We Remember the Coming of the White Man is a collaborative work authored by Elizabeth Yakeleya, a Willow Lake Dene who was born in 1906 in Norman Wells and was educated at the convent in Fort Providence; Sarah Simon, Gwich’in, who was born in the Delta of the Mackenzie River in 1901; Mary Wilson; Joe Blondin; John Blondin; Isadore Yukon; Peter Thompson; Jim Sittichinli; Johnny Kaye; Andrew Kunnizzi; and other Sahtú and Gwich’in Dene Elders. We Remember the Coming of the White Man is edited by Sarah Stewart.
Bears is a play by Matthew MacKenzie where he is exploring his family’s Cree, Ojibwe and Métis heritage. In Bears a Métis oil sands worker Floyd is making his way westwards along the Trans Mountain pipeline route beginning in Alberta and travelling west to the Pacific watched by the spirit of his mother and others. Little Cub Floyd who has a love for fresh berries, an aversion to authority and a fascination with bears, is outrunning the RCMP after a workplace accident where he is the prime suspect.
Five Little Indians is written by Michelle Good of Cree ancestry and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and whose mother and grandmother were residential school survivors. In Five Little Indians, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school. They are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention.