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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 Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley. 2020
When Tanna’s father brings home an abandoned owl, she is not eager to take care of the needy, ugly little… bird. Tanna must wake at 4:00 a.m. to catch food for the owl. She must feed it, clean up after it, all while avoiding its sharp, chomping beak and big, stomping talons. After weeks of following her father’s instructions on how to care for the owl, Tanna must leave home for school. Her owl has grown. It has lost its grey baby feathers and is beginning to sprout a beautiful adult snowy owl coat. As she says good-bye to the owl, she is relieved not to have to care for it anymore, but also a bit sad. This heartwarming story based on the author’s own life experience teaches young readers the value of hard work, helping, and caring—even when the thing you are caring for does not love you back.
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 Nadia Sammurtok. 2019
"The far north has never felt so deliciously warm." —Kirkus Reviews "Readers will carry this gorgeous book close to their… hearts."—School Library Journal "Just right for bedtime, it's an intimate tale that celebrates simple warmth and comfort."—Publishers Weekly Nadia Sammurtok lovingly invites the reader into the amautik—the pouch in the back of a mother’s parka used to carry a child—to experience everything through the eyes of the baby nestled inside, from the cloudlike softness of the pouch to the glistening sound of Anaana’s laughter. Sweet and soothing, this book offers a unique perspective that will charm readers of all ages.
By Katherena Vermette. 2019
While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is… lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her. Through a series of questions from the wolf, the little girl realizes she had the knowledge and skill to navigate herself—she just needed to remember that those abilities were there all along.
By Susan Avingaq, Maren Vsetula. 2019
Susan and her sister, Rebecca, love watching their mother write letters to people in other camps. Their mother has one… precious pencil, and she keeps it safe in her box for special things. One afternoon, their mother leaves the iglu to help a neighbour, and Susan, Rebecca, and their brother Peter are left with their father. They play all their regular games but are soon out of things to do—until their father brings out the pencil! As Susan draws and draws, the pencil grows shorter and shorter. What will their mother think when she comes home? Based on author Susan Avingaq’s childhood memories of growing up in an iglu, this charming story introduces young readers to the idea of using things wisely.
By Monique Gray Smith. 2016
The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you… love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy. International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.
By Wab Kinew. 2018
By Jeff Pinkney, Darlene Gait. 2014
One spring, a nine-year-old Cree boy is visited by a master soapstone carver named Lindy, who gives him four pieces… of soapstone. The primary secret to carving, the boy learns, is recognizing that each piece of soapstone already holds its true form inside. Lindy teaches the boy to listen to the soapstone and look to the world around him for signs as to what to carve. As the seasons change, the young boy's experiences lend him opportunities to develop his carving skills and become attuned to the signs around him. He eagerly awaits the following spring, which will bring Lindy's return and a chance to show off his carvings.
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.
By Eden Robinson. 2018
In an effort to keep all forms of magic at bay, Jared, 17, has quit drugs and drinking. But his… troubles are not over: now he's being stalked by David, his mom's ex--a preppy, khaki-wearing psycho with a proclivity for rib-breaking. And his mother, Maggie, a living, breathing badass as well as a witch, can't protect him like she used to because he's moved away from Kitimat to Vancouver for school. Even though he's got a year of sobriety under his belt (no thanks to his enabling, ever-partying mom), Jared also struggles with the temptation of drinking. And he's got to get his grades up, find a job that doesn't involve weed cookies, and somehow live peacefully with his Aunt Mave, who has been estranged from the family ever since she tried to "rescue" him as a baby from his mother. An indigenous activist and writer, Mave smothers him with pet names and hugs, but she is blind to the real dangers that lurk around them--the spirits and supernatural activity that fill her apartment. As the son of a Trickster, Jared is a magnet for magic, whether he hates it or not--he sees ghosts, he sees the monster moving underneath his Aunt Georgina's skin, he sees the creature that comes out of his bedroom wall and creepily wants to suck his toes. He also still hears the Trickster in his head, and other voices too. When the David situation becomes a crisis, Jared can't ignore his true nature any longer. Bestseller. Sequel to "Son of a trickster". 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. 2018.
By Robert N Munsch, Jay Odjick. 2017
One day Helen wakes up and it's SPRING! The snow has melted and the sun is shining. But Helen knows… that the blackflies will be coming out soon. So she does what any smart kid would do: she sends her little sister outdoors to check! When the blackflies and mosquitoes carry her away, Helen tells her dad, who rushes outside and is carried away himself. Now Helen needs to rescue BOTH of them, along with a wolf and a very clever bear. Grades K-3. 2017.
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 Jim Nelson, Louise Flaherty. 2017
While everyone is busy preparing for the coming winter, two Inuit girls wander away from their camp, following a path… of strange, beautiful stones. Each stone is lovelier than the last, and the trail leads them farther and farther away from camp. But what starts out as a peaceful afternoon on the tundra quickly turns dangerous when the girls find themselves trapped in the cave of Mangittatuarjuk--the Gnawer of Rocks! Based on a traditional Inuit story, this story introduces readers to a dark and twisted creature that haunts the Arctic landscape and preys on unsuspecting children. Descriptions of violence. Grades K-3 and older readers. 2017.
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.