Johnny's Pheasant is written by Cheryl Minnema (Waabaanakwadookwe), a member of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and illustrated by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis. Johnny's Pheasant starts with their car stopping: "Pull over, Grandma! Hurry!” Johnny says. Grandma does and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted near the ditch: a sleeping pheasant. It’s hard to say who is most surprised by what happens next—Grandma, Johnny, or the pheasant.
We Are Water Protectors lyrically written by Carole Lindstrom, Anishinaabe/Metis and proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Indians, and beautifully illustrated by Michaela Goade, is inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America. We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.
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.
Tout Petit Toi (Little You in English) is a charming and heart-warming book that welcomes a new baby into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp, illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett and translated Rachel Martinez, this book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family resources. Flett uses collage-like images of an infant who grows to be a toddler. This child is adored and loved by one or both parents on every other page. Simple rhyming text accompanies each image.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
Nibi’s Water Song by Anishinabeg author Sunshine Tenasco from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec, and who is also a clean water activist and illustrated by Chief Lady Bird a Chippewa and Potawatomi artist from Rama First Nation and Moosedeer Point First Nation 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. There is a statement about the need for clean water at the end of the book and information about the author and artist.
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.
The Song Within My Heart is now available in paperback and is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
Neekah's Knitting Needles is a delightful story about learning to knit in the Cowichan style based on the knitting of Cowichan people from near Port Alberni. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles, the knittling style is based on the work of Odelia Smith from Tsartlip First Nation near Victoria, B.C. Coast Salish knitting is also part of a National Film Board documentary, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters. Sheena Lot is a picture book illustrator and has won numerous awards for her work. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles Neekah is finally old enough to learn to knit.
'Little You' has been translated to Plains Cree by Mary Cardinal Collins. This charming and heart-warming book welcomes a new baby into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp and illustrated beautifully by Julie Flett, this hardcover book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family resources. Highly recommended.