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By David Robertson. 2014
Alice, a single mother raising her three young daughters on the rez where she grew up, has never had an… easy life, but has managed to get by with the support of her best friend, Gideon, and her family. When an unthinkable loss occurs, Alice is forced onto a different path, one that will challenge her belief in herself and the world she thought she knew. 2014.
By Karen Bass. 2016
Jared’s plane has crashed in the Alberta wilderness, and Kyle is first on the scene. When Jared insists on hiking… up the highest hill in search of cell phone reception, Kyle hesitates; his Cree grandmother has always forbidden him to go near it. There’s no stopping Jared, though, so Kyle reluctantly follows. After a night spent on the hilltop - with no cell service - the teens discover something odd: the plane has disappeared. Nothing in the forest surrounding them seems right. In fact, things seem very wrong. And worst of all, something - a creature that should only exist in legend - is hunting them. For senior high readers. 2016.
By Jennifer Manuel. 2016
Depicts the lonely world of Bernadette, a woman who has spent the last forty years living alone on the periphery… of a remote West Coast First Nations reserve, serving as a nurse for the community. Only weeks from retirement, Bernadette finds herself unsettled, with no immediate family of her own. And then a shocking announcement crackles over the VHF radio of the remote medical outpost: Chase Charlie, the young man that Bernadette loves like a son, is missing. Winner of the 2017 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. 2016.
By Joan Clark. 1995
While on an expedition with his father to get lumber to take back to Greenland, Thrand is captured by the… native Osweet, who have taken him to replace one of their own who was killed by a Greenlander. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.
By Katherena Vermette. 2016
When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break… - a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house - she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim - police, family, and friends - tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Bestseller. Canada Reads 2017. Winner of the 2017 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, the 2017 Evergreen Award and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. 2016.
By Éric Plamondon. 2017
Il avait démissionné, une jeune Mi'gmaq se trouvait sous sa protection, deux hommes étaient morts et une partie du Québec… voulait qu'on en finisse une fois pour toutes avec les Indiens. Cette histoire commence en Gaspésie, le 11 juin 1981. Cette histoire commence il y a des millénaires, avant les Vikings, avant les Basques, avant Cartier. Cette histoire commence avec les Mi'gmaq. Pour eux, c'est la fin des terres, Gespeg. Pour d'autres, c'est le début d'un nouveau monde. Alors que trois cents policiers de la Sûreté du Québec débarquent sur la réserve de Restigouche pour saisir les filets des pêcheurs mi'gmaq, un agent de la faune change de camp, une adolescente affronte ceux qui ont humilié son père, un vieil ermite sort du bois, une jeune enseignante s'apprête à retourner dans son pays - pendant que le saumon devenu taqawan, au retour de son long périple en mer, remonte la rivière jusqu'au lieu de sa naissance. 2017.
By Louise Erdrich. 1994
Lipsha Morrissey, Chippewa and wanderer in the outside world, is summoned home to the reservation by his grandmother. Upon his… return, he goes to work for Lyman Lamartine at his bingo palace and falls in love with Shawnee Ray Toose, Lyman's mistress and mother of his child. The modern world intrudes upon the reservation. Some strong language. 1994.
By Thomas King. 2014
Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel’s sister.… The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel’s family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for DowSanto, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky? Bestseller. Winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Fiction. 2014.
By Lynda A Archer. 2016
At ninety years of age, Elinor, a Saskatchewan Cree artist, inveterate roll-your-own smoker, and talker to rivers and stuffed bison,… sets out to find something that was stolen almost a lifetime ago. With what little time she has left, she is determined to find the child taken from her after she, only a child herself, was raped at a residential school. It is 1968, and a harsh winter and harsher attitudes await Elinor, her daughter, and her granddaughter as they set out on an odyssey to right past wrongs, enduring a present that tests their spirit and chips away at their aboriginal heritage. 2016.
By Peter J Clair. 2017
This novel tells the story of two Mi'kmaq individuals, two centuries apart. A girl named Taapoategl shows incredible faithfulness to… culture and family in the most difficult of circumstances during the mid-18th century colonization by European settlers. A boy, Pallet, in the mid-20th century, embarks on a five-year wilderness quest for personal and cultural identity during which he enters an altered reality and encounters the storytelling foundation of his world. The stories of Taapoategl and Pallet converge in a dramatic and unforgettable way. 2017.
By Drew Hayden Taylor. 2016
A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to… feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Native man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. Drawing inspiration from science fiction legends like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropes in an Aboriginal perspective. 2016.
By Basil Johnston. 1981
These legends, which include "Why birds go south in winter" and "The first butterflies", are an integral part of the… spiritual and cultural heritage of the Ojibway people. For all ages.
By Louise Erdrich. 1997
Travelling to attend his funeral, four former wives of Jack Mauser are stranded in a blizzard in North Dakota. They… share stories about their lives, their dreams and their passions. 1997.
By Maia Caron. 2017
A historical novel about the Riel insurrection of 1885, largely from the point of view of the Métis women. It… offers an interesting account of the lives of the Métis women as they move to support their husbands in the battle with Middleton. This includes Marguerite, Riel's wife, and Madeleine, Dumont's wife. There is also a good portrayal of Louis Riel and his struggle to create a homeland for the Métis on the South Saskatchewan and also to create a new Catholic religion, and an interesting account of Dumont as he struggles to stay loyal to Riel as he begins to realize what Riel's new religious views mean. 2017.
By David Robertson. 2017
When Cole Harper returns to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos: a series of murders, a… mysterious illness ravaging the population and reemerging questions about Cole's role in the tragedy that drove him away ten years ago. With the aid of an unhelpful spirit, a disfigured ghost, and his two oldest friends, Cole tries to figure out his purpose, and unravel the mysteries he left behind a decade ago. Will he find the answers in time to save his community? For senior high readers. Winner of the 2018 Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction. 2017.
By Krista Foss. 2014
After a proposed subdivision becomes the site of a Mohawk protest -- the land, which has long formed a kind… of neutral border between a reserve and the neighbouring town, is contested -- tensions escalate through three sweltering summer months, exposing old wounds, as well as forging new and surprising connections. The story is told in the voices of several characters, from the restless young Mohawk woman dreaming of adventure and fame in the wider world; to the successful businessman who has made good use of his position between two communities; to the high school hero whose inner life would shock his admirers; and to the unexpected lovers, who must weigh happiness against history and fierce pride. 2014.
By Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk, Bernard Saladin D'Anglure, Peter Frost. 2014
An Inuit family negotiates the changes brought into their community by the coming of the qallunaat, the white people, in… the mid-nineteenth century. 48 episodes recount the daily life of Sanaaq, a strong and outspoken young widow, her daughter Qumaq, and their small semi-nomadic community in northern Quebec. Here they live their lives hunting seal, repairing their kayak, and gathering mussels under blue sea ice before the tide comes in. Marriages are made and unmade, children are born and named, violence appears in the form of a fearful husband or a hungry polar bear. The spirit world is alive and relations with non-humans are never taken lightly. And under it all, the growing intrusion of the qallunaat and the battle for souls between the Catholic and Anglican missionaries threatens to forever change the way of life of Sanaaq and her young family. 2014. Uniform title: Sanaaq.
By Dawn Dumont. 2014
Rose Okanese, a single mother with two kids, has been pushed into a corner by Rez citizens to claim some… self-respect, and decides that the fastest way to do that would be for her to run the reserve's annual marathon. Though Rose hasn't run in twenty years, smokes and initially has little motivation, she announces her intention to run the race. But one strange and unforeseen outcome of her decision is that she will have to do battle with an old inadvertently conjured demon that feeds off the strength of women. She is a truly mean old spirit who can invade other women and have them do her bidding and in no time has the Rez in an uproar. As Rose discovers, the old demon has been unintentionally called forth by Rose's teen daughter, Sarah, which complicates Rose's life just a little more. Winner of the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. 2014.
By Rudy Wiebe. 2010
Divided into four sections, these 51 entries showcase Wiebe’s diverse concerns. The first section includes tales of warriors, Chiefs, and… the First Nations’ experiences prior to the imposition of restrictions on their land and freedom by the Crown. The other sections include stories on Mennonite history, Western Canada, and more personal character sketches. Some descriptions of sex and violence, some strong language. 2010.
By Melanie Florence. 2016
Raised on a reserve in northern Ontario, seventeen-year-old Joe Littlechief tries to be like the other guys. But Joe knows… he's different -- he's more interested in guys than in any of the girls he knows. One night Joe makes a drunken pass at his best friend Benjy and, by the next morning, everyone on the rez is talking about Joe. His mother, a devout Christian, is horrified, and the kids who are supposed to be his friends make it clear there's no place for him in their circle, or even on the rez. Joe thinks about killing himself, but instead runs away to the city. Alone and penniless on the streets of Toronto, Joe comes to identify with the Aboriginal idea of having two spirits, or combining both feminine and masculine identities in one person. He also begins to understand more about how his parents have been affected by their own experiences as children in residential schools -- something never discussed on the rez. And he realizes he has to come to terms with his two-spiritedness and find people who accept him for who he is. For junior and senior high readers. 2016.