Siha Tooskin Knows the Catcher of Dreams is part of the Siha Tooskin Knows early chapter book series by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, a Nakota Elder and Wabamun Lake First Nation community member in central Alberta (Treaty 6 territory) and the recent recipient of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Indigenous Elder Award; and illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch, of Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation of Northern Alberta. In this book, a new baby is due any day and a visit from Siha Tooskin's (Paul) grandparents.
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis (Umpqua) with Traci Sorell (Cherokee) and cover art by Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, Muscogee Creek), is about the termination programs in the US and how this affects the life of Regian Petit. Indian No More is the story of Regina Petit and her family and the US bill that signs their Umpqua tribe in Oregan out of existence. She has an Indian number and is counted as Indian, lives and practices her tribal culture, and has Umpqua ancestors.
Fry Bread is a family story by Kevin Noble Maillard (Seminole, Mekusukey band) and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (Peruvian). Fry Bread describes food, family meals and memories, sharing, celebration and more. This 48 page book is written in verse and is suitable for ages 3 to 6 years.
In Distorted Descent: White Claims of Indigenous Identity, Darryl Leroux explores the specifics of a social phenomena - a shifting of identity - where otherwise white, French descendants in Canada identity as Indigenous based on their Indigenous ancestors born between 300 and 375 years ago and representing about 200 000 people.
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 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.
'My Heart Fills with Happiness' is written by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith and translated into Plains Cree by Mary Cardinal Collins is an early childhood title that brings joy and happiness to all families who read and celebrate this beautifully illustrated book by Julie Flett. Highly recommended and on the First Nation Communities READ 2019 list.
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age Story, the engaging, honest and thought provoking memoir by Cree author Darrel J McLeod is the 2018 Governor General English Literary Award winner for non-fiction. Mamaskatch —named for the Cree word used as a response to dreams shared—is ultimately an uplifting account of overcoming personal and societal obstacles.
The Reason You Walk is one of five finalists for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. 2016 recipient of Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for non-fiction. When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew (Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation) decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant Ojibwe man who'd raised him. The Reason You Walk spans the year 2012, chronicling painful moments in the past and celebrating renewed hopes and dreams for the future.