When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, a member of Norway House Cree Nation and translated by Marsha Blacksmith, a member of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, and illustrated by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis author, illustrator, is an empowering story of resistance that gently introduces children to the history of residential schools in Canada. In When We Were Alone, a young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. As she asks questions, her grandmother tells her about her experiences in a residential school.
The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series from Highwater Press. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of six great Indigenous heroes from Aboriginal peoples and Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics.
The Scout: Tommy Prince is one of the titles from Tales from Big Spirit series. This unique graphic novel series is a highly recommended six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of great Indigenous heroes from Aboriginal peoples and Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics.
Breakdown is the first book in The Reckoner Rises series by David A. Robertson, Norway House Cree, and illustrated by Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk. Breakdown continues to delivers suspense, adventure, and humour in this stunningly illustrated graphic novel continuation of The Reckoner trilogy. In Breakdown, Cole and Eva arrive in Winnipeg, the headquarters of Mihko Laboratories, intent on destroying the company once and for all. Their plans are thwarted when a new threat surfaces, and Cole is mired in terrifying visions.
From the Roots Up is the second volume in the Surviving the City series by Tasha Spillett-Sumner (she/her/hers who draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines, and illustrated by Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) a self-taught illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. In From the Roots Up, Dez and Miikwan’s stories continue. Dez’s grandmother has passed away. Grieving, and with nowhere else to go, she’s living in a group home.
Northwest Resistance is the third graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series, by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Scott Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk. Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Scott Henderson has worked as an illustrator for comics, portraiture, and advertising art and Donovan Yaciuk has done colouring work on books and comics. In this volume, Northwest Resistance, Echo Desjardins continues her travels through time.
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.
The Eagle Mother is the third book in the Mothers of Xsan series by author Hetxw’ms Gyetxw, Brett D. Hudson, of Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, and illustrated by Natasha Donovan, Metis Nation of British Columbia. The Eagle Mother explores the intricate connection between eagle, the Gitxsan people, and British Columbia’s Xsan headwaters, which are also known as the River of Mists or the Skeena River.
Teacher’s Guide for the Seven Teaching Stories by Katya Ferguson is a resource of this series by Katherena Vermette. They are: The Just Right Gift – a gift of love; Singing Sisters – a story of humility; The First Day – a story of courage; Kode’s Quest – a story of respect; Amik Loves School – a story of wisdom; Misaabe’s Story – a story of honesty and, What is Truth, Betsy? – a story of truth. The teacher’s guide is organized in three parts: The Seven Teachings, Teaching the Stories and Strategies and Activities Applicable to All Stories.
The Grizzly Mother is a unique non-fiction picture book about bears, seasons, Gitxsan Nation and their Northwest Coast environment. Author Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D Huson) from the Gitxsan Nation and Metis illustrator Natasha Donovan combine their skills in the creation of an informative, lyrical, and engaging read about a mother grizzly and her little