Ikwe: Honouring Women, Life Givers, and Water Protectors is by Jackie Traverse who is an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) multi-disciplined artist working in video, sculpture, mixed media, and paint. She is known across Canada for her powerful, beautiful art. She is also the founder of Indigenous Rock the Vote and Ikwe Safe Ride, a ride-sharing network offering safe rides for Indigenous women. Ikwe celebrates the spiritual and ceremonial aspects of women and their important role as water protectors.
In Animals Illustrated: Caribou, by Dorothy Aglukark, an Inuk elder from Arviat, Nunavut and David Aglukark, Inuit, and Illustrated by Amanda Sandland, children will learn how caribou raise their babies, where they live, what they eat, and other interesting information, like how fast caribou can run—up to 50 miles per hour! Animals Illustrated mixes fun-filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children's non-fiction books about Arctic animals.
Sharing Our Truth, Tapwe, is one of the titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series about the diverse lands and cultures of Canada’s Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This book co-authored by Henry Beaver and Mindy Willet offers readers a view into the life of Henry Beaver and his wife Eileen Beaver and their Fort Smith community when their grandchildren come to visit.
Nutaui’s Cap with text by Bob Bartel and artwork by Mary Ann Penashue (Innu) is translated by Stella Rich, Sebastian Piwas, and Mani Katinen Nuna with Laurel Anne Hasler, Penash Rich, and Marguerite MacKenzie. This is a book about learning to fish and Innu environmental rights in two Labrador Innu dialects of their language Innu-aimun. The Sheshatshiu dialect is presented first, then English and then Mushuau dialect.
Sus Yoo / The Bear's Medicine is written and illustrated by Clayton Gauthier and is a dual language children’s book in English and Dakelh. It has been translated by Danny Alexis and Theresa Austin. Like Clayton Gauthier’s The Salmon Run, Sus Yoo / The Bear’s Medicine is part of the Schchechmala Children’s Series published by Theytus Books. This book, through the life of bear, is about sun and light, breath and life, mountains and medicine, water, trees, grass, roots and seasons, stars and the Grandfathers, to name a few.
Tipiskawi Kisik: Night Sky Star Stories was researched and published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in 2018. Author and Cree Knowledge Keeper, Wilfred Buck from the Opaskwayay Cree Nation, works for Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre as a science facilitator and educator. The eight traditional stories included in this 25-page book offer students and teachers oral accounts and perspectives about Cree stars and constellations.
Let’s Count is a bilingual English and Inuktitut board book. This book is based on a children’s song by Nunavut band, The Jerry Cans, the authors, and helps children count to five. A copy of the recording of the song is available at www.arvaaqbooks.com. The book is illustrated by We Are Together. Each image is accompanied by Inuktitut and English text. The illustrations are colourful and bold and across two pages depicting Arctic birds, animals, and fish. Let’s Count is 7 x 9 inches and slightly larger than the average board book.
Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future is a set of 32-page books published by Beech Street Books. Designed for elementary students from grades 4 to 7 the books offer introductions to the history of Indigenous Peoples in the story of Canada. In Protests by Erin Nicks, the author, the six chapters begin with Chapter one, Indigenous Struggles. In this chapter treaties, mistreatment affecting cultures through the residential schools and the development of reserves is discussed. Topics include clean water and modern movements.
One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by Richard Wagamese, Ojibway, and from the Wabaseemoong First Nation, was penned by Richard Wagamese and minimally edited by his publisher. In One Drum, Richard Wagamese finished his interpretation of the first three foundational teachings of the Seven Grandfathers Teachings: humility, courage, and respect. His interpretation of love, honesty, truth and wisdom will forever remain a mystery. These seven fundamental Anishinawbe truths in the Ojibway tradition recognize the principles required to live a good life, in a good way.
Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is written and illustrated by Joanne Robertson and translated by Shirley Williams and Isadore Toulouse. Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and author and illustrator of The Water Walker. Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is for babies and toddlers and in both English and Anishinaabemowin. This book is written from an Anishinaabe water protector's perspective. There are many words associated with the importance of water - rain, snow, splashing, drinking and our role to thank, respect and protect Nibi. Nibi is water and water is life.