The Voyageurs: Forefathers of the Métis Nation is written by Zoey Roy, a Dene, Cree and Métis poet from Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. This book is translated by Michif Elder Norman Fleury, originally, from St. Lazare, Manitoba, and a gifted Michif storyteller. He speaks Michif, Cree, Anishinaabemowin, Dakota, French, and English. The Voyageurs is illustrated by Jerry Thistle, of Cree/Métis heritage. The Voyageurs tells an old story—integral to both the birth of the Métis Nation and to the development of Canada—in a new and engaging format.
Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health, is edited by Devon Abbott Mihesuah, a Choctaw author and scholar; and Elizabeth Hoover, of Mohawk and Mi’kmaq ancestry. There is a foreword by Winona LaDuke, an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) member of the White Earth Nation, who is an environmentalist, economist, author, and prominent Native American activist working to restore and preserve indigenous cultures and lands.
What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile is written by Larry Audlaluk who was born in Uugaqsiuvik, a small camp west of Inukjuak in northern Quebec. Larry Audlaluk has seen incredible changes in his lifetime. He was relocated to the High Arctic in the early 1950s with his family when he was almost three years old. They were promised a land of plenty. They discovered an inhospitable polar desert. Sharing memories both painful and joyous, Larry tells of loss, illness, and his family’s fight to return home, juxtaposed with excerpts from official government reports.
Echoes of Our Dakota Ancestors by Doris Pratt (Duzahan Mani Win Oyake), and illustrated by Rosalyn Boucha is about enjoying imakhmakhap woyakapi (enjoyments that are told) in Dakota. Each chapter in this charmingly illustrated booklet focuses on a month of the year, with stories, poems and songs in the Dakota language. Doris Pratt, a long time language teacher and material developer, shares this Dakota collection to help students learn and practice the language.
First Nations Ceremonies written by Valerie Roulette and illustrated by Scott Henderson and Amber Green, explores various Anishinaabe teachings that have been handed down from Elders, encouraging mino-pimaa siwin, the good life. These practices are still used today, crossing time from the past to the future.
First Nations Teachings & Practices, is a booklet intended to provide readers with a basic understanding of the traditional teachings and practices of Manitoba’s First Nations people. While this knowledge has always existed, it has become increasingly important to seek it, learn it and share it, in particular with children and youth. As our knowledge increases, so does the practice, honour and respect we have for one another and for these ancestral ways.
When We Had Sled Dogs: A Story from the Trapline / ācimowin ohci wanihikīskanāhk by Ida Tremblay, a Cree Elder from La Ronge, Saskatchewan and illustrated by Miriam Körner, takes readers young and old on a journey into the past when dog teams were part of the traditional way of life in Northern Saskatchewan. Inspired by Elder Ida Tremblay’s childhood memories, and told in English with Woodland Cree words and phrases, the story follows the seasonal cycle of trapline life.
The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik) by Carol Rose GoldenEagle , Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan, navigates the unsettling, but necessary. When love of, and respect for, culture goes awry, it is our Indigenous women who bring us back to what is important. This novel is an interweaving of stories centred on a range of characters, both male and female, though the women, for the most part, are the healers. Abused in their own communities or in residential schools, these women are smart and loving and committed to helping one another.
Inuit Tools of the Western Arctic is written by Barbara Olson, an educator raised in Kugluktuk; and illustrated by Megan Kyak, an Inuk illustrator and painter from Pond inlet, Nunavut. Learn about Inuit tools and their different uses in this picture book of Inuit tools of the Western Arctic. Tools are used for different purposes, for example softening skins to pounding seal fat. Learn more in this beginner reading book for ages 5 to 7.