Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq, The Story of Donald Marshall, Jr. is one of the titles in the Real Justice Series from James Lorimer and Company. The book covers the wrongful conviction of Mi'kmaw youth Donald Marshall, Jr. for the murder of Sandy Seale in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1971. Author Bill Swan takes a journalistic approach to telling this story of a First Nation youth facing intolerable racism and the Canadian criminal justice system. Donald Marshall (1953-2009) was Mi'kmaw from Membertou First Nation. His father, Donald Marshall, Sr.
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids is the new release from award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Much more than interviews with 45 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American youth between the ages of 9 to 18, Looks Like Daylight offers readers a first-hand account of their cultural beliefs, values, and aspirations for the future. Despite issues of poverty, the legacy of residential and boarding school, and drug and alcohol abuse, these voices combine to create a compelling collection of Indigenous youth voices.
Living Indigenous Leadership: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities showcases innovative research and leadership practices from diverse nations and tribes in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. The contributors, all women, use vibrant stories and personal narratives to offer insights into the unique nature of Indigenous leadership. These dynamic case studies reveal that Native leaders, whether formal or informal, ground their work in embodied concepts such as land, story, ancestors, and Elders, concepts rarely mentioned in mainstream studies of leadership.
Our Grandmothers' Words: Traditional Stories for Nurturing is a 64-page resource offering readers guidance about Mi’kmaq traditional wisdom for pregnancy and birth. Traditional child raising practices recognize that you begin to raise a child from the moment you know you are pregnant. This book shares the Grandmother’s understandings for pregnancy and birth as well as some traditional stories that are used to help guide and nurture parents and children as they grow together.
The Language of This Land, Mi'kma'ki is an exploration of Mi’kmaq worldview as expressed through language, legends and stories, song and dance, and traditional knowledge. Mi’kmaki refers to the territory of the Mi’kmaq. This territory includes the island of Newfoundland, all of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, much of New Brunswick and the Gaspé, and part of northeastern Maine.
The Ice King is written by Allison Mitcham about a Mi'kmaw youth long ago who outsmarted the Ice King. This traditional Mi'kmaq legend offers the account in English, French, and Mi'kmaq. The French text, Le Roi de Glace, is translated by Corinne Gallant; the Mi'kmaq version, Mkumiey Eleke'wit, is written by Serena M. Sark. Because they did not know how to defend themselves against the Ice King, the inhabitants of a Mi'kmaq village risked death every winter - until a day when a brave Mi'kmaw dared to stand up to him. Will he manage to subdue this formidable enemy?
Blood Brothers in Louisbourg by Philip Roy is a young adult historical fiction novel that features two male characters. Fifteen year old student Jacques is travelling to Louisbourg with his military-minded father. Jacques wants nothing more than to read Voltaire and play his music. His officer father wants Jacques to become a man and a soldier fighting for the French in Cape Breton's military fortress. The other main character is a Mi'kmaw youth named Two-feathers. This odd name represents the heritage of his Mi'kmaw mother and French military father.
The Mighty Glooscap Transforms Animals and Landscape is a trilingual picture book that retells a Mi'kmaq legend. The French section is Le maître Glooscap transforme animaux et paysage and is translated by Rejean Roy. The Mi’kmaq section is Mawiknat Klu’skap Sa’se’wo’laji Wi’sisk aqq Sa’se’wa’toq Maqamikew and is translated by Serena Sock. The English section is written by Allison Mitcham. The illustrated story explains how the geography of New Brunswick came to be. It also explains why the animals appear in their current shape and size.
The Sacred Sundance: The Transfer of a Ceremony is written and directed by Brian J Francis tells the story of how a traditional Plains healing ceremony was transferred from the Lakota people to Elsipogtog First Nation by Elder William Nevin. This sacred healing ceremony moved William Nevin to dance for his critically ill children. After their recovery he committed to bring this important spiritual ceremony to his community. Participants tell of their experiences with the Sundance and how it changed their lives and continues to inspire them.
Native Legends is a 24-minute DVD produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The compilation includes The Owl Who Married a Goose, Summer Legend, and The Owl and the Raven. These traditional Inuit and Mi'kmaq legends are adapted into animations and a puppet show to interest young children in storytelling. Summer Legend is the classic story about Glooscap's battle against Winter and how he successfully brought summer to the Mi'kmaq of Eastern Canada. The other two legends are Inuit stories.