This Place: 150 Years Retold is a 296-page graphic novel anthology just released in April 2019 by Highwater Press. A graphic anthology with a foreword by Alicia Elliott, that showcases 11 Indigenous writers, eight illustrators, and two colour artists. It presents Canadian history over the last 150 years from multiple viewpoints, including Métis, Inuit, Dene, Cree, Anishinaabe, and Mi’kmaq. The anthology is visually captivating.
Canadian Celebrations: National Indigenous Peoples Day is part of a new primary-level information title that explores some uniquely Canadian holidays and the people who celebrate them. In this 24-page book children’s author Heather Hudak introduces primary level readers to the June 21st national holiday now called Indigenous Peoples Day. It was once called Aboriginal Day but was recently modified to make sure all Canadians know that it refers to First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples.
L'Indien Malcommode is the French version of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America is the 2013 offering from university professor and humourist Thomas King. With his biting wit and sarcasm, King tells readers a story of Canada’s and America’s relations with First Nations and Native Americans. King takes topics such as Ipperwash, Oka, Bill C-31, American Indian Movement, Treaty 6, Trail of Tears, and Wounded Knee and weaves these and more into a coherent whole. Overall the book comments on the state of Indian-white relations of the past and present.
Spirit Bear et les enfants passent à l'histoire, the French edition of Spirit Bear and Children Make History, based on a true story, is told by Cindy Blackstock and Eddy Robinson tells the true story of how First Nations and other children stood together for fairness. With soft colour illustrations from Amanda Strong, this book explains the story about a human rights case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for an elementary audience.
Voici Tom Longboat is the French language edition, Meet Tom Longboat, the new picture book title in the Editions Scholastic Canada Biography Series featuring accessible text, full-colour illustrations, with historical notes and timelines that provide even more information on Tom Longboat’s (1886-1949) background and incredible accomplishments.
Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock is a charming picture book by the Swan River First Nation author Dallas Hunt. Added to the mix of this fun text are the colourful illustrations from Metis media artist and filmmaker Amanda Strong. The Cree author mixes key Cree vocabulary within this story about a young girl who is delivering her Kohkum’s (grandmother’s” bannock to a relative. But on her way Awasis allows the bread to fall into a stream. What should the little girl do? With the help of her animal friends the girl collects all the ingredients for making bannock.
‘Monsters’ is the second young adult novel in David Robertson’s The Reckoner Trilogy. Norway House Cree author, Robertson is well known for his graphic novels and children’s stories and now this trilogy. In this novel, the story continues and Cole Harper is struggling to settle into life in Wounded Sky First Nation. He may have stopped a serial killer, but the trouble is far from over. A creature lurks in the shadows of Blackwood Forest, the health clinic is on lockdown by a mysterious organization, and long-held secrets threaten to bubble to the surface.
Moon of the Crusted Snow is an exciting novel from Ojibwe journalist Waubgeshig Rice about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of people living on a northern Ontario First Nation. The book offers a unique perspective of the looming apocalypse as the electricity stops along with cell service and food supplies are running low in the local grocery store. Without warning one fall day the community awakes to find small changes to their daily routines. Set on a contemporary reserve the main characters feature Evan Whitesky, his partner Nicole and their two young children.