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 Beadworkers - Stories - by Beth Piatote, Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, is a book of poetry, verse, and prose. The four parts of The Beadworkers is an exploration of Native American life through land and life, Indian Wars, I tell my story/I conjure my powers/I make a wish and, human beings. Each story is a gift. Feast I, Feast II and Feast III introduce The Beadworkers moving to Indian Wars in The News of the Day and Fish Wars and include stories about treaties and rights. These actions and reactions of these stories resonate long after the events.
Take the Mic is edited by Bethany Morrow and is an anthology of fictional short stories, poems, prose and art that reflect a slice of the varied and limitless ways that readers like you resist every day. Take the Mic's powerful collection of stories features work by literary luminaries and emerging talent alike, including Newbery-winner Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestseller Samira Ahmed, anthologist and contributor Bethany C. Morrow, Darcie Little Badger (Lipan Apache), Keah Brown, Laura Silverman, L.D.
Moving Forward: A Collection about Truth and Reconciliation supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in this 73-page anthology from Nelson's iLit Series. The reviewers are Melanie Brice (Métis from Saskatchewan), Jo-anne (J0) L. Chrona (Member of the Kitsumkalum, Band of the Ts'msyen Nation), Elizabeth Anne Cremo (Eskasoni First Nation), Troy Wm. Maracle (Mohawk), Eileen Marthiensen (Inuvialuk from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories), Shirley S. Nepinak (Member of the Anishinabe, Pine Creek First Nation), Jill Oman (Ojibway from Sagkeeng First Nation).
Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada is the second edition of this book and includes a rich array of graphic novel panels, speech excerpts, song and rap lyrics, recipes, interview, short stories, poetry, photographs, graphic art, articles, essays, and other pieces. This 2019 anthology edited by education advisors Rachel Mishenene (Anishinaabe), and Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse (Sagamok First Nation), addresses the need for Indigenous Literature course content in secondary school and college.
In Nishga, Jordan Abel documents memoir through personal anecdotes, excerpts from audio recordings, legal documentation, photographs, illustrations and poetry - his, but for all of us. Discussing intergenerational trauma, dispossession and displacement, relationships with Indigeneity, language, and truths through a type of research creation, Nishga is about imagining and reconstituting. Abel recognizes this in relationship to land through family, community, Nisga'a language, Nisga'a world views, and Nisga'a knowledge as Indigenous presence.
From Bear Rock Mountain: The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor, is the four-part memoir of artist and social activist Antoine Mountain, Dene. He endured residential schools as the Roman Catholic Church and the Government of Canada worked to destroy his language, culture and Dene identity. From Bear Rock Mountain is a dedication of Antoine Mountain’s true Dene self to children of future generations. Yet this is also a survivor’s perspective of residential schools and that these schools did not accomplish what they intended, a cultural genocide of Indigenous peoples.
Testimony by Robbie Robertson, Jewish/Mohawk, is a memoir, a story, lyrical and true as only he could tell it. It is his contribution to popular music as songwriter and guitarist. He and his partners made music that has endured for decades and has influenced other musicians. Testimony was written over five years of reflection using his unique storyteller's voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history.