The Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid are those of Cecil Paul, also known by his Xenaksiala name, Wa’xaid, and who is a respected Xenaksiala elder, activist and orator, and one of the last fluent speakers of his people’s language. Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and culture than Wa’xaid (the good river), or Cecil Paul, who pursued both in his ancestral home, the Kitlope — now the largest protected unlogged temperate rainforest left on the planet.
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.
The Way Home is a memoir and autobiography by Kwakiutl photographer, woodcarver, hand engraver, painter, writer, printmaker, and jewellery maker, by David A. Neel. It is a story of returning to traditions and culture of his father’s and his people, the Kwakwaka’wakw of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. He had a sense of having a place of origin and reconnects with the people of his father’s work, Dave Neel, Snr and the rich symbolism of his art. He is also influenced by Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James.
Fluffs and Feathers: An Exhibit on the Symbols of Indianness - A Resource Guide offers an important introduction to the way First Nations and Native Americans are portrayed in popular culture. Written by Mohawk scholar Deborah Doxtator, Fluffs and Feathers details the ways in which Indigenous People have been categorized, displayed, portrayed, and exploited by Western culture and advertising. Fluffs and Feathers offers a sample of the range of images used to portray “Indians” in historical and contemporary North American society.
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, human rights activist in international Indigenous movements for more than four decades, is an adapted version of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States but now for teen and young adult readers. This book is adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) who authors the American Indians in Children’s Literature website.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
The North-West is Our Mother by Jean Teillet, great-grandniece of Louis Riel is the story of Louis Riel’s people, the Métis Nation of the Canadian North-West. The Métis Nation are a new Indigenous people descended from First Nations and Europeans and their narrative is missing as Indigenous peoples of Canada. This was first discussed in 1909 by the Old Wolves. Questions such as who are the Métis, what makes them a Nation, where they are, and their Indian ancestry are all answered in this book, which covers the period from the 1790s to 2018.
Eatenonha: Native Roots of Modern Democracy is a gift from Georges Sioui and his people, to Canada and to the world. Georges Sioui states that this work is a Native understanding of Canada and a sense of history that preserves, venerates and heals the real nature of this land named Canada. In this understanding Canada will acquire a long-lasting respectability and global stature. This work is about why we must create a truly strong and unified country for all to feel included and valued in a diverse Canada, in recognition of Mother Earth, Eatenonha, our beloved motherland.