Orange Shirt Day is observed annually on September 30th to honour residential school survivors and their families, and to remember those who did not make it. This book explores the historical impact on Indigenous people in order to create champions who will walk a path of reconciliation through Orange Shirt Day, promoting the message that Every Child Matters. The Orange Shirt Society is a non-profit society based in Williams Lake BC that grew out of the events in 2013 inspired by Chief Robbins' vision for reconciliation.
Thanks for Giving is a play by Kevin Loring, a member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation in Lytton, B.C. and Nan’s family is home for Thanksgiving, but some unsolicited truths are about to be dropped at the dinner table. Old wounds and new realities collide, and sibling rivalry is stoked, but the enduring spirit that guides this family charges on, ever fierce. Thanks for Giving offers plenty to chew on.
Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer: A Satirical Land Claim Fable is a play about power, politics and procreation by Kevin Loring, a member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation in Lytton, B.C. Little Red Warrior is the last remaining member of the Little Red Warrior First Nation. One day, he discovers a development company has begun construction on his ancestral lands. In a fit of rage, Little Red attacks one of the engineers and is arrested for assault and trespassing on his own lands. In jail he meets his court-appointed lawyer, Larry, who agrees to help Little Red get his lands back.
A Reconciliation without Recollection? An Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law in Canada by Joshua Ben David Nichols with a foreword by John Borrows and James Tully, discusses the assertion that the current framework for reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state is based on the Supreme Court of Canada’s acceptance of the Crown’s assertion of sovereignty, legislative power, and underlying title.
Magical Beings of Haida Gwaii is written by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson (Haida) and Sara Florence Davidson (Haida/Settler), and illustrated by Alyssa Koski, a member of the Kainai Nation, and Judy Hilgemann, a Haida Gwaii–based artist and illustrator. The Magical Beings of Haida Gwaii is a story about the rich and vibrant culture of the Haida Gwaii whose origins date back thousands of years.
Lillian and Kokomis: The Spirit of Dance, is by Lynda Partridge, a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and illustrated by Dave Nicholson. In Lillian and Kokomis, Lillian who is a girl of mixed Indigenous and white ancestry is in the process of being shuffled to her seventh foster home. Lillian is a complex and not-always-lovable hero and she doesn’t always fit in but she eventually finds a sense of peace and belonging from a surprising spirit that returns her to traditional ways.
You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim is by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith and is a 32-page picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. Gimanaadenim is in both English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
Tu es là pour moi is the French version of You Hold Me Up by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a 32-page picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. This book is illustrated by Danielle Daniel. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
Nous sommes gentils is the French version of When We Are Kind, a children’s picture book by Monique Gray Smith of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry; and illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, who is Diné (Navajo) on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side. When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.
First Nations Self-Government: 17 Roadblocks to Self-Determination, and One Chief’s Thoughts on Solutions is by Leroy Wolf Collar, a member of Siksika Nation in southern Alberta where he served as a Band Councillor from 1993-2007 and Chief from 2007-2010. In First Nations Self-Government, Leroy Wolf Collar discusses how Indigenous Peoples in Canada are continuing to assert their right to self-determination in this era of reconciliation.