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By Michael Hutchinson. 2020
The Mighty Muskrats are off to the city to have fun at the Exhibition Fair. But when Chickadee learns about…Grandpa's little sister, who was scooped up by the government and adopted out to strangers without her parents' permission many years ago, the Mighty Muskrats have a new mystery to solve. Once in the bright lights of the big city, the cousins get distracted, face off with bullies, meet some heroes and unlikely teachers, and learn many of the difficulties of life in the city, as well as hard truths about their country’s treatment of First Nations people.
By Rebecca Thomas. 2021
What does it mean to be Mi'kmaq? And if Swift Fox can't find the answer, will she ever feel like…part of her family? When Swift Fox's father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of butterflies. And when he tells her that today is the day that she'll learn how to be Mi'kmaq, the butterflies grow even bigger. Though her father reassures her that Mi'kmaq is who she is from her eyes to her toes, Swift Fox doesn't understand what that means. Her family welcomes her with smiles and hugs, but when it's time to smudge and everyone else knows how, Swift Fox feels even more like she doesn't belong. Then she meets her cousin Sully and realizes that she's not the only one who's unsure—and she may even be the one to teach him something about what being Mi'kmaq means. Based on the author's own experience, with striking illustrations by Maya McKibbin, Swift Fox All Along is a poignant story about identity and belonging that is at once personal and universally resonant
By Drew Hayden Taylor. 2019
Rien ne se produit jamais dans la réserve anishinabe de Lac-aux-Loutres. Enfin, jusqu’à l’arrivée d’un séduisant étranger aux cheveux blonds…porté par une rutilante moto Indian Chief 1953. Les intentions du bellâtre sont d’autant plus mystérieuses que celui-ci semble connaître la communauté sous toutes ses coutures. Si la cheffe Maggie tombe instantanément sous son charme, son fils Virgile est beaucoup moins enthousiaste. Aidé par son oncle Wayne, créateur d’une forme d’art martial autochtone, il tentera d’éloigner l’étranger de Lac-aux-Loutres – et de sa mère. Et on dirait que les ratons laveurs veulent en faire autant. Drôle, profonde, lumineuse et remplie d’espoir, l’histoire est servie par l’incontestable talent de conteur et l’humour qui ont fait la renommée de Taylor au Canada anglais. L’édition originale anglaise (Motorcycles & Sweetgrass, Knopf Canada) a été finaliste au prix du Gouverneur général.
By Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, Chloe Bluebird Mustooch. 2020
Thundering drums, rattling hooves, clinking jingles—come along with Paul, Jeff, and Uncle Lenard to the powwow! Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—has invited…his friend, Jeff, to a powwow. It’s Jeff’s very first powwow, and is he ever nervous! What if he says or does the wrong thing? Grass dancers, Fancy Shawl dancers, Chicken dancers—what does it all mean? Follow along as Jeff learns all about the dances and their beautiful traditions. See you at the powwow!The Siha Tooskin Knows series uses vivid narratives and dazzling illustrations in contemporary settings to share stories about an 11-year-old Nakota boy.
By Michel Noël. 2019
Fils d'une Blanche déracinée et d'un Métis tiraillé entre le progrès et les traditions de ses ancêtres, Pien observe, sent,…vibre. Le jeune garçon côtoie des bûcherons, des Sauvages , un curé déchu, des cultivateurs pauvres... Tous des héros de la survie. Son monde, un coin du Nord du Québec ouvert au déboisement farouche des années 50, est hostile. Mais c'est un univers qui forge des coeurs passionnés
By Julie Flett. 2020
Katherena se sent un peu perdue après avoir quitté le bord de la mer pour la nouvelle maison qu'elle partage…avec sa mère. Mais elle rencontre bientôt une voisine âgée qui partage son amour pour l'art et la nature. Julie Flett, auteure crie et métis maintes fois primée, livre ici un récit fort et vibrant, agrémenté d'images poignantes des oiseaux, fleurs, paysages et objets d'art qui entourent les personnages et illustrent brillamment la beauté des liens entre les générations et des passions partagées.
By Mindy Willett, Henry Beaver. 2019
Henry and Eileen Beaver and their family live in Fort Smith, on the Slave River between Lake Athabaska and Great…Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. They have a mixed indigenous heritage of Nehiyaw or Cree and Dene Dedline or Chipewyan.Join the authors as they lead the children and parents through important cultural experiences, tell stories, and share their wisdom and truths with compassion. Learn the protocols for building a tipi, trapping a beaver, laying the grandfather stones for a fire, smudging, and harvesting salt from the Salt Plains in Wood Buffalo National Park. In Cree, tapwe means "it is so," or "the truth." In this, the ninth book in This Land Is Our Storybook series, Henry writes, "We can't tell you what to do with the truths we share in this book, but we hope that reading our story will help you get to know us a little better so that together we can make this nation a place we can all be proud of."
By Daniel Marchildon. 2018
Fleur Monague, une ex-chanteuse d'origine Anishnabée, monte dans le Nord ontarien avec son fils Alex afin de prendre part à…un concert organisé par des écologistes. Une dune sacrée d'une valeur inestimable pour la communauté est en effet menacée par un projet d'exploitation forestière. Mais les choses tournent mal et ce qui s'annonçait comme un retour aux sources dégénère en une dangereuse prise d'otages.
By Gary Collins. 2017
Inspired by true events. Long after Demasduit's skull has been stolen from her grave, and years after Shanawdithit has died,…one Beothuk and his family survive. Bursting out of the pages of Newfoundland history appears Kop, the last true Beothuk. When all the other members of his tribe are exterminated by the Europeans, Kop seeks revenge against the Unwanted Ones. Hidden among the Bear Clan of the Mi'kmaq, the Beothuk strikes back. Follow Kop on his trail of defiance against the European marauders upon his Island. See what becomes of a man who has nothing to lose or live for. Stay with him on a hundred trails and sit with him across the smoke of a hundred campfires. You will not only weep for the last Beothuk--you will cheer him on as he pushes back against the Unwanted Ones. 2017.
By Katherena Vermette. 2017
Lorsque qu'une jeune Métisse est victime d'une violente agression, les contrecoups se font sentir dans toute la communauté du quartier…North End de Winnipeg. Policiers chargés de l'enquête, famille, amis et connaissances voient leurs certitudes ébranlées à mesure que se précise le fil des évènements. Entre les femmes qui se relaient au chevet de l'adolescente et celles qui errent dans l'ombre, au dehors, des liens puissants se dessinent, esquissant le portrait d'une identité morcelée. Les voix de chacune prennent de l'ampleur, jusqu'à ce que la ligne brisée de leurs destins en vienne à former un arbre généalogique aux racines profondément ancrées dans le territoire manitobain. 2017.
By Waubgeshig Rice. 2018
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as…the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision. Bestseller. 2018.
On l'a trouvé ti-cul dans un terrier de loup. D'après la légende, en tout cas. Ses nouveaux parents humains l'ont…appelé Tommy. À l'école, les enfants étaient méchants avec lui. Il s'est mis à ressentir l'appel de la forêt. Mon frère et moi, on l'aimait bien, Tommy, même s'il grognait parfois et courait comme une bête sauvage. On lui a dit qu'on connaissait quelqu'un qui saurait si sa vraie place était parmi nous ou parmi les loups. C'est comme ça que Tommy a rencontré Bill Bilodeau. Années 2-4. 2015.
By Joshua Whitehead. 2018
"You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine" is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats…to himself. Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the "rez"--and his former life--to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The seven days that follow are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny's world is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages--and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life. Winner of Canada Reads 2021. 2018.
By Richard Wagamese. 2018
Franklin Starlight had long settled into a quiet and predictable life working his remote farm. But his contemplative existence is…turned upside down by the sudden arrival of Emmy, a woman who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a harrowing life of violence. After Emmy has a run-in with the law, Starlight agrees to take in her and her daughter to help them get back on their feet. Over time, he introduces them to the land and patiently teaches them the skills that have allowed him not only to survive but to find communion with the world, and, gradually, this accidental family changes Starlight and Emmy in ways they never imagined. But Emmy's abusive ex isn't content to just let her go. He wants revenge and is hunting her down. "Starlight" was unfinished at the time of Richard Wagamese's death, yet every page radiates with his masterful storytelling, intense humanism, and insights that are as hard-earned as they are beautiful. Bestseller. 2018.
By Adam Garnet Jones. 2018
How can Shane reconcile his feelings for David with his desire for a better life? Shane is still reeling from…the suicide of his kid sister, Destiny. How could he have missed the fact that she was so sad? He tries to share his grief with his girlfriend, Tara, but she's too concerned with her own needs to offer him much comfort. What he really wants is to be able to turn to the one person on the rez whom he loves--his friend, David. Things go from bad to worse as Shane's dream of going to university is shattered and his grieving mother withdraws from the world. Worst of all, he and David have to hide their relationship from everyone. Shane feels that his only chance of a better life is moving to Toronto, but David refuses to join him. When yet another tragedy strikes, the two boys have to make difficult choices about their future together. With deep insight into the life of Indigenous people on the reserve, this book masterfully portrays how a community looks to the past for guidance and comfort while fearing a future of poverty and shame. For senior high readers. Winner of the 2018 Honour Book Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature. 2018. Uniform title: Fire song (Motion picture)
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 Dorothée Banville-Cormier. 2002
" Les quatre récits de ce recueil nous transportent dans des villages du Nunavik où vie quotidienne et légendes s'entremêlent,…dévoilant un monde déchiré entre la culture des ancêtres et l'attrait de la vie moderne. Depuis l'arrivée de l'homme blanc, on y a troqué les chiens de traîneau contre des motoneiges. L'alcool et la drogue font maintenant partie du paysage avec leur triste cortège de drames fami-liaux. Mais l'inuksuk, cet homme de pierre qui do-mine fièrement la toundra, continue de rappeler à tous les exploits des valeureux chasseurs inuits d'autrefois. Porteur d'espoir, il persiste à baliser la route pour les siens. " -- 4e de couv. 2002.
By Tanya Tagaq. 2018
A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents' love. She knows boredom,…and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this. Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget. 2018.
By Anita Anand, Juliana Léveillé-Trudel. 2018
A young woman from Montreal follows the geese to the Inuit North in this deeply-felt witnessing of contemporary Indigenous life,…as shaped by decades of colonial rule and government neglect. Having worked in the North for years, Juliana Léveillé-Trudel offers a portrait of a people undaunted by institutionalized racism, but in many cases broken by domestic violence, corporate mining, and the corrupting presence of summer workers up from the South in search of big paycheques. Delivered across two searing monologues, Nirliit is a testament to a people's perseverance as much as it is an apology by those who inflicted those circumstances upon them. 2018. Uniform title: Nirliit.
By Kelly Ward, Neil Christopher, Aviaq Johnston. 2017
After a strange and violent blizzard leaves young shaman-in-training Pitu stranded on the sea ice--without his dog team or any…weapons to defend himself--he soon realizes that he is no longer in the word that he once knew. The storm has carried him into the world of the spirits, a world populated by terrifying creatures. As he tries to find his way back home, Pitu is plagued by black wolves constantly stalking him, water-dwelling creatures that want to snatch him and pull him into the frigid ocean through an ice crack, as well as beings less frightening, but equally as incredible, such as a lone giant who can carry Pitu in the palm of her hand and keeps caribou and polar bears as pets. After stumbling upon a fellow shaman who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years, Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to the world of the living, to his family and to the girl that he loves. For junior and senior high readers. 2017.