The East Side of It All by Joseph Dandurand, a member of Kwantlen First Nation, is a first-hand experience of life in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the ongoing process of healing through reconnection with family, the natural world and traditional Indigenous, Kwantlen, storytelling. Dandurand's voice is lyrical yet intimate, obscured yet sitting with you at the kitchen table. The East Side of It All is the journey of a broken man who finally accepts his storytelling gift and shares with the world his misery, joy and laughter.
ndigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future: Racism and Stereotypes is part of a set of 32-page books by Coast2Coast2Coast and published by Beech Street Books. Designed for elementary students from grades 4 to 7 the books offer an introduction to Indigenous life in Canada in the past, present and future. The content consultant for Racism and Stereotypes is Dennis McPherson, band member of Couchiching First Nation and Associate Professor of Indigenous Learning, Lakehead University.
Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity, A Memoir by author, Darrel J. McLeod, Cree from Treaty 8 Territory in Northern Alberta, continues the poignant story of his impoverished youth, beset by constant fears of being dragged down by the self-destruction and deaths of those closest to him as he battles the bullying of white classmates, copes with the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, and endures painful separation from his family and culture.
Sh:lam (The Doctor) is a collection of poetry by Joseph A. Dandurand, a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River, east of Vancouver. The author writes, "This is the truth of what has happened to my people. The Kwantlen people used to number in the thousands but like all river tribes, eighty percent of our people were wiped out by smallpox and now there are only 200 of us.
On/Me is a book of poems by Francine Cunningham, a Cree, Metis writer, artist, and educator, who explores what it means to live with constant reminders that she doesn’t fit the desired expectations of the world: she is a white-passing, city-raised Indigenous woman with mental illness who has lost her mother. In her debut poetry collection On/Me, Cunningham explores, with keen attention and poise, what it means to be forced to exist within the margins.
Bones by Tyler Pennock, Cree/Metis adoptee from the Slave Lake area of Alberta, is a collection of poems about a young two-spirit Indigenous man moving through shadow and trauma toward strength and awareness. This debut is about the ways we process the traumas of our past, and about how often these experiences eliminate moments of softness and gentleness. Here, the poems journey inward, guided by the world of dreams, seeking memories of a loving sister lost beneath layers of tragedy and abuse.
Indigenous Life in Canada: Past, Present, Future: Racism and Stereotypes is part of a set of 32-page books by Coast2Coast2Coast and published by Beech Street Books. Designed for elementary students from grades 4 to 7 the books offer an introduction to Indigenous life in Canada in the past, present and future. The content consultant for Racism and Stereotypes is Dennis McPherson, band member of Couchiching First Nation and Associate Professor of Indigenous Learning, Lakehead University.
I Place You Into the Fire by Rebecca Thomas, Mi'kmaw spoken-word artist and author of I'm Finding My Talk, shows that three similarly shaped Mi'kmaw words have drastically different meanings: kesalul means "I love you"; kesa'lul means "I hurt you"; and ke'sa'lul means "I put you into the fire." In this poetry collection, readers will feel Rebecca Thomas's deep love, pain, and frustration and loss.
Indigenous Women’s Theatre in Canada: A Mechanism of Decolonization by Sarah MacKenzie, an Anishinaabe/Métis/Scottish, feminist scholar and activist, writes that despite a recent increase in the productivity and popularity of Indigenous playwrights in Canada, most critical and academic attention has been devoted to the work of male dramatists, leaving female writers on the margins.