Nibi a soif, très soif is the French version of Nibi’s Water Song by Anishinabeg author Sunshine Tenasco from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec, and who is also a clean water activist. This work is illustrated by Chief Lady Bird a Chippewa and Potawatomi artist from Rama First Nation and Moosedeer Point First Nation; the text is translated into French by Hélène Rioux. This is the story of very thirsty Nibi who needs to drink clean water, yet the water is always brown. She goes looking for drinking water and this is when her message begins to resonate with all that is around her.
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda Child, Red Lake Ojibwe, translated by Gordon Jourdain, Lac La Croix First Nation, and illustrated by Jonathan Thunder, Red Lake Ojibwe, in English and Ojibwe, is a First Nation Communities Read book for 2019. This story celebrates the history of Ojibwe song and dance, past and present through the story of Windy Girl and her vivid imagination. Travelling with Uncle and her new good and brave dog, Itchy Boy, her Uncle shares stories with her about the powwow when he was a boy.
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.
Bawaajimo, A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature by Margaret Noodin, discusses Anishinaabe language and literature through the works of four writers representing a range of contemporary Anishinaabe literature: Louise Erdrich, Jim Northrup, Basil Johnston and Gerald Vizenor, who share a world view, a common cultural, linguistic and literary heritage. Their works reflect patterns of identity, conscious survival, universal life and stirred thoughts respectively.
Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not A Number is the first children's picture book by Ojibwe educator Jenny Kay Dupuis from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. This book has been translated into Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe), Nbisiing dialect by Muriel Sawyer and Geraldine McLeod and contributions by Tory Fisher. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928.
Little Butterfly Girl: An Indian Residential School Story is the French version of this picture book produced by the Union of Ontario Indians based on an original account by Jenny Restoule-Mallozzi. With original colour illustrations by Donald Chretien, this story recounts the experiences of an Ojibwe child forced to attend residential school. The tragic account is brought full-circle when Mary begins her healing journey with encouragement from her family.
Author Richard Wagamese is named the 2013 Burt Award recipient for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature for his YA novel, Indian Horse. This edition is in French. Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he's a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he's sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he'll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life he's led as a northern Ojibwe, with all its joys and sorrows.
Nibi Emosaawdang / The Water Walker is a celebration of a determined Ojibwe grandmother Nokomis Josephine and her love for water nibi. After being told about the state of the world’s water and that she needed to do something about this, Nokomis was unsettled. Then she has a dream and the next morning calls her sister and women friends over to talk an idea she has. She and her friends walk to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet.
James Simon Mishibinijima, from Wikwemikong in the northeast of Manitoulin Island, explores the legends of the Ojibwe through this and the waterways of this island, the shores of Birch Island, the La Cloche mountains and the northern edges of Lake Huron. Manitoulin Island, according to legend, is home to spiritual portals that allow access to the spirit world of prayers that are offered up to those who have come before and who have passed. Conversely, they also allow spirits to return to the human realm and initiate contact themselves.
'Anishinabek Nation Colouring Book' begins with the preamble to the Anishinabek Nation Constitution adopted in 2011. There are clear illustrations and words to match in both Ojibwe and English - the gift of spirituality, the gifts given to the Anishinabe to look after, the seven sacred gifts to guide them and more. A double page map of the regions is included.