Series: Land We Are, TheArtists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of ReconciliationPaperbackGabrielle Hill9781894037631$24.95ART Jun 15, 2015
The Land We Are is a stunning collection of writing and art that interrogates the current era of reconciliation in Canada. Using visual, poetic, and theoretical language, the contributors approach reconciliation as a problematic narrative about Indigenous-settler relations, but also as a site where conversations about a just future must occur. The result of a four-year collaboration between artists and scholars engaged in resurgence and decolonization, The Land We Are is a moving dialogue that blurs the boundaries between activism, research, an... + Read More
Series: Walk With My ShadowPaperbackGeorge Gregoire9781771030007$19.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 15, 2012
Meet George Gregoire, an Innu man who was born in the Labrador bush in the middle of the last century, yet mustered enough education to write his memoirs. In the authentic voice of a storyteller George invites the reader to see Innu society and culture from the inside. He shares stories from his earliest childhood memories and the wondrous life of a hunter. George also became a husband and father and the story of his adult life is a mirror through which the images of a once independent people, under siege from the encroachment of a powerful and... + Read More
BC Book Prize, Non-Fiction, Bev Sellars, They Called Me Number One (Finalist)Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature: Bev Sellars, They Called Me Number One (Third Prize winner) Like thousands of Aboriginal children in Canada, and elsewhere in the colonized world, Xatsu'll chief Bev Sellars spent part of her childhood as a student in a church-run residential school. These institutions endeavored to "civilize" Native children through Christian teachings; forced separation from family, language, and culture; and strict discipl... + Read More
Series: One Bead at a TimePaperbackBeverly Little Thunder9781771332651$22.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY May 25, 2016
One Bead at a Timeis the oral memoir of Beverly Little Thunder, a two-spirit Lakota Elder from Standing Rock, who has lived most of her life in service to Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in vast areas of both the United States and Canada. Transcribed and edited by two-spirit Métis writer Sharron Proulx-Turner, Little Thunder's narrative is told verbatim, her melodious voice and keen sense of humour almost audible overtop of the text on the page. Early in her story, Little Thunder recounts a dream from her early adulthood, "I stared at these... + Read More
Series: Modern Native FeastsHealthy, Innovative, Sustainable CuisinePaperbackAndrew George Jr.9781551525075$23.95COOKING Oct 10, 2013
Contemporary, imaginative interpretations of First Nations cuisine, including lighter, healthier, and more nutritious versions of traditional recipes. Native American cuisine comes of age in this elegant, contemporary collection that reinterprets and updates traditional Native recipes with modern, healthy twists. Andrew George Jr. was head chef for Aboriginal foods at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; his imaginative menus reflect the diverse new culinary landscape while being mindful of an ages-old reverence for the land and sea, reflect... + Read More
Series: Gordon WinterPaperbackKenneth Williams9781897289723$14.95DRAMA Mar 20, 2012
Gordon Winter is an RCMP hero, a life-long champion of First Nations rights, and a bigot. He's challenging the next generation of chiefs to stand up to the federal government when he spews a Nazi-inspired racist and homophobic rant. Suddenly, the one of the most revered First Nations leaders is now one of the most reviled human beings in Canada. While most want to consign Winter to the dustbin of history, some are quick to defend a man who did so much good in his life. Questions get asked: how should society respond to such outrageous comments ... + Read More
Series: Cerulean BluePaperbackDrew Hayden Taylor9780889229525$18.95DRAMA Oct 21, 2015
Cerulean Blue is a comedic play about a struggling blues band invited to participate in a benefit concert for a First Nation community in conflict with governmental authorities. Upon arriving, the band discovers the entire lineup of musical acts has cancelled and they’re left trapped behind barricades. Complicating the matter, there is conflict within the band and the sudden appearance of an old girlfriend makes the event even more perilous.This play is an homage to fast-moving farces while also addressing Aboriginal issues. Cerulean Blue deals... + Read More
Series: The UnpluggingPaperbackYvette Nolan9781770911321$16.95DRAMA Sep 15, 2013
Forced to rely upon traditional wisdom for their survival, Elena and Bern retreat from the remains of civilization to a freezing, desolate landscape where they attempt to continue their lives after the end of the world. When a charismatic stranger from the village arrives seeking their aid, the women must decide whether they will use their knowledge of the past to give the society that rejected them the chance at a future.
Series: Two-Spirit ActsQueer Indigenous PerformancesPaperbackJean O'Hara9781770911840$22.95DRAMA Oct 30, 2013
With a refreshing spin, the plays touch on topics of desire, identity, and community as they humorously tackle the colonial misunderstandings of Indigenous people. From a female trickster story centred on erotic lesbian tales to the farcical story about a new nation of Indigenous people called the Nation of Mischief, this collection creates a space to explore what it means to be queer and Indigenous.
Series: SilaThe first play in The Arctic CycleBookChantal Bilodeau9780889229563$17.95DRAMA Oct 01, 2015
In Inuit mythology, “sila” means air, climate, or breath. Bilodeau’s play of the same name examines the competing interests shaping the future of the Canadian Arctic and local Inuit population. Equal parts Inuit myth and contemporary Arctic policy, the play Sila features puppetry, spoken word poetry, and three different languages (English, French, and Inuktitut).There is more afoot in the Arctic than one might think. On Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, eight characters – including a climatologist, an Inuit activist and her son, and tw... + Read More
As part of the federal government’s assimilationist termination and relocation policies of the 1950s, three Native sisters and their mother are moved from Oklahoma to Los Angeles. As these four women try to re-establish connections to a new land, each finds herself lost. The narrative interweaves with another historical injustice—the forced sterilization of thousands of Native women in the 1970s. Inspired by true events, the play is a poetic excavation of the lost stories of displaced Aboriginal people. Cast of four women and three men.
Series: Gentle Habit, APaperbackCherie Dimaline9781928120025$24.00FICTION Dec 11, 2015
The inspiration for the collection comes from American Poet Charles Bukowski who wrote "In between the punctuating agonies, life is such a gentle habit." Following this theme of extraordinary ordinariness, A Gentle Habit is a collection of six new short stories focusing on the addictions of a diverse group of characters attempting normalcy in an unnatural world.
Series: Bearskin DiaryPaperbackCarol Daniels9780889713116$21.95FICTION Nov 07, 2015
Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced, at a time when movements like Idle No More call for a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Carol Daniels adds an important perspective to the Canadian literary landscape. Taken from the arms of her mother as soon as she was born, Sandy was only one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children scooped up by the federal government between the 1960s and 1980s. Sandy was adopted by a Ukrainian family and grew... + Read More
Series: CorvusPaperbackHarold Johnson9781771870511$19.95FICTION Oct 01, 2015
Eighty years have passed since flash floods, droughts, and tornadoes have ravaged the North American landscape and mass migrations to the north have led to decade-long wars. In the thriving city of La Ronge, George Taylor and Lenore Hanson are lawyers who rarely interact with members of the lower classes from the impoverished suburb of Regis and the independently thriving Ashram outside the city. They live in a world of personalized Platforms, self-driving cars, and cutting edge Organic Recreational Vehicles (ORVs), where gamers need never leav... + Read More
Set in a small northern town, under the mythical shadow of the Sleeping Giant, Wake the Stone Man follows the complicated friendship of two girls coming of age in the 1960s. Molly meets Nakina, who is Ojibwe and a survivor of the residential school system, in high school, and they form a strong friendship. As the bond between them grows, Molly, who is not native, finds herself a silent witness to the racism and abuse her friend must face each day. In this time of political awakening, Molly turns to her camera to try to make sense of t... + Read More
Series: SweatPaperbackLesley Belleau9781896350646$17.95FICTION May 01, 2014
Sweat, a myth/realism crossover novel set in Northern Ontario, blends Indigenous myth, collective memory, and harsh social reality. The stories of two contemporary Indigenous women--one leading a life of poverty and the other of privilege--are braided together around a mythic chorus of grandmothers who frame and share their experience of motherhood, adoption, addiction, sexual abuse, disruption, guilt, and body narrative.Jolene is alone and pregnant, and dealing with memories of sexual trauma and motherlessness. Knowing she is not able to care ... + Read More
In her debut collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love, renowned writer and activist Leanne Simpson vividly explores the lives of contemporary Indigenous Peoples and communities, especially those of her own Nishnaabeg nation. Found on reserves, in cities and small towns, in bars and curling rinks, canoes and community centres, doctors offices and pickup trucks, Simpson's characters confront the often heartbreaking challenge of pairing the desire to live loving and observant lives with a constant struggle to simply survive the hist... + Read More
We have, according to our beliefs, five essential parts: body, soul, spirit, heart, and mind, which all have to be satisfied equally. When you are in balance you are walking on the right road, following the right path of life - Basil Johnston. Eight traditional Anishinaabe stories are told in both Anishinaabe and English languages for adults.
In 1872, dinosaur hunters become embroiled in a battle over the discovery of fossils in Northern Ontario as their excavation crews are driven mad by a bizarre and terrifying illness.Over a hundred years later, Church and his family show signs of the same monstrous affliction. As he begins to unravel his family's dark history, Church must race to protect the secrets buried deep in bones and blood.Set in the fictional town of Sterling and Ghost Lake Reserve, Wrist is Nathan Adler's debut novel.
Award-winning author Maggie Siggins returns with her first work of fiction. Scattered Bones is a story of the complicated, fragile and sometimes fatal relations between Indigenous people and settlers in Northern Saskatchewan in the 1920s. Aboriginal spiritual traditions are beginning to cross paths with the construction of a residential school, and ancient acts of violent vengeance are shaping the trajectory of events in the town 200 years later. Based on historical events, Siggins creates a fictional version of the real-life Pelican Narrows, ... + Read More
Series: Night Drummer, ThePaperbackPaul Nicholas Mason9781926942766$19.95FICTION Apr 15, 2015
The Night Drummer is the story of two teenage friends--white, middle-class Peter Ellis, and Otis James, a native boy adopted by an older evangelical Christian couple. Peter and Otis grow up in small town Ontario in the 1970s, and the novel follows them through their high school years where both confront challenges that require them to decide who they are and who they want to be, decisions that will have profound consequences not only for themselves, but for their friends and family.
Series: The Native VoiceThe Story of How Maisie Hurley and Canada's First Aboriginal Newspaper Changed a NationPaperbackEric Jamieson9781987915174$24.95HISTORY Oct 24, 2016
In 1945, Alfred Adams, a respected Haida elder and founding president of the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia (NBBC), was dying of cancer. After decades of fighting to increase the rights and recognition of First Nations people, he implored Maisie Hurley to help his people by telling others about their struggle. Hurley took his request to both heart and mind, and with $150 of her own money, started a small newspaper that would become a powerful catalyst for change: THE NATIVE VOICE. At that time, the Welsh-born Hurley had been an advocate... + Read More
Series: Nobody Here Will Harm YouMass Medical Evacuation from the Eastern Arctic 1950–1965PaperbackShawn Selway9781928088097$25.00HISTORY Oct 18, 2016
"Perhaps you are wondering why you are brought down from your home leaving your friends and perhaps family behind. The reason is that you are sick, and if you were left at home, you may endanger those at home. So you are here to get well again... But do not be afraid. Nobody here will harm you." – Mountain Views, Hamilton Sanatorium, 1955 With this quote Shawn Selway begins his thorough investigation of the evacuation of 1,274 Inuit and Cree sufferers of tuberculosis from the Eastern Arctic to Mountain Sanatorium in Hamilton, Ontario, from 1950... + Read More
Series: CandiesA Humour CompositePaperbackBasil H. Johnston9781928120032$18.00HUMOR Dec 30, 2015
Basil Johnston was one of the foremost Anishinaabe writers and storytellers, and his comedic stories about life in Residential School, Indian School Days, is a classic. Candies was Johnston's first collection of humorous works in decades.Excerpt from "Indian on Bicycle" found in Candies:Both cars raced off. Tires squealed. Rubber burned. 50 ... 60 ... 70 ... 80 miles an hour.Behind, the old Indian, his hair flying, his shirt flapping and snapping like a wind-blown flag, was desperately ringing his bell, "ding, ding, ding." ..."Better get re... + Read More
Series: Jimmy Tames HorsesFirstPaperbackGarry Gottfriedson9780986874031$15.00JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 5 - 10Jun 15, 2012
Jimmy Tames Horses is a story about a little boy from the city who tries to fit in with his cousins who have always lived on the Kamloops Indian Reserve. Throughout the summer Jimmy works with a colt, overcoming initial fears and eventually becoming a famous horse breaker.
Jess and Sara Jean couldn't be more different. He's a loner with a criminal record; a Metis raised on the Reserve; the son of a residential school survivor. She's from nearby Edelburg, a conservative small town. Abandoned by her mother, Sara Jean cares for her obese grandmother and tries to find time to work on a novel that is her escape from her life. Does Jess really have a role to play in what happens next in her life? When Jess is found guilty of arson, he's ordered to complete 250 hours of community service, starting with Sara Jean's neg... + Read More
Series: Size of a FistPaperbackTara Gereaux9781771870597$12.95JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 16 - 18Oct 01, 2015
Living in a small working class town has never suited Addy, so after a summer working as a janitor at the local hospital, she is more than ready to move to the city. When the night before her move finally arrives, Addy’s bags are packed, she has visited all her favourite spots one last time, and she has even attempted to make amends with her single mother. Her rough-around-the-edges boyfriend Craig, however, wants to make their final night in town one to remember, so they head out to the cemetery with friends for one last party. At the cemetery... + Read More
One day as the great Eagle flew high above the forest he came upon a small bundle containing seven teachings, teachings that will bring balance harmony and peace to all who practice them. But the teachings come with a simple warning: beware of envy and greed. As Eagle spreads the seven teachings throughout the forest, he forgets to heed their warning and soon the forest is lost to jealousy, greed and selfishness. Eagle must save the forest, and he soon learns the most important teaching of all: truth. “When you see Eagle flying high in the be... + Read More
John C. Courchene was born in Sagkeeng First Nation in 1914, where he attended the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School. Courchene’s time in the residential school was short; his brothers, "Joejay" and Louis, took John out school so he could help them cut wood in the bush. While this helped John make a lifetime commitment to hard work, it also resulted in John being “illiterate” in the European sense of the word. In the ways of the forest and his native language, Anishanabemowin, however, John was far from illiterate. Sagkeeng Legends is a ... + Read More
Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre is a collection of poems and stories by twelve emerging and established Indigenous writers living in Quebec and writing in French. These writers all participated in either the Aboriginal Emerging Writers Program (now the Indigenous Writing Program) at The Banff Centre, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, or the francophone chapter of this program, Programme à l'intention d'écrivains autochtones en début de carrière, in Quebec. The writing within Languages is presented in English translation a... + Read More
Series: Medicine ShowsIndigenous Performance CulturePaperbackYvette Nolan9781770913455$19.95LITERARY CRITICISM May 29, 2015
Contemporary Indigenous theatre in Canada is only thirty-three years old, if one begins counting from the premiere of Maria Campbell’s Jessica in Saskatoon and the establishment of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. Since those contemporaneous events in 1982, the Canadian community of Indigenous theatre artists has grown and inspired one another.Medicine Shows: Indigenous Performance Culture traces the work of a host of these artists over the past three decades, illuminating the connections, the artistic genealogy, and the development of ... + Read More
Series: New Essays on Canadian TheatrePerforming IndigeneityPaperbackYvette Nolan9781770915374$25.00LITERARY CRITICISM May 23, 2016
This volume of newly commissioned essays about Indigenous performance is the first in which all of the contributors are Indigenous artists or academics. Scholars were invited to write essays on some aspect of Indigenous performance and artists were asked to contribute statements on whatever they felt was important to them as theatre creators. As with any good assembly of like-minded members, themes and observations emerged, dovetailing and echoing each other, touching on theatre training, cultural identity, Indigenous theatre history, and claim... + Read More
Series: Essential Writers SeriesDaniel David MosesSpoken and Written Explorations of His Work1st editionPaperbackTracey Lindberg9781550719482$25.00LITERARY CRITICISM Aug 01, 2015
This work is a compelling examination and discussion of the work of Daniel David Moses. Including pieces by Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors, storytellers, playwrights, academics and artists, participating in narratives, writing and dialogues about Moses and his work, the book is at once engaging, grounded in comparative analysis and forceful.
Series: Ground-TruthingReflections on the Indigenous Rainforests of BC's North CoastPaperbackDerrick Stacey Denholm9781927575703$24.95NATURE Mar 15, 2015
Candid, poetic and forensic, Derrick Stacey Denholm's GROUND-TRUTHING walks the reader slowly and nimbly through the tangle of social, ecological and economic slash piles that dominate BC's North Coast. Having lived and worked for twenty-five years as both a forestry field worker and a multidisciplinary artist, Denholm brings a rare perspective to how we can work productively and participate ethically in a life that maintains respect for the wild. GROUND-TRUTHING explores a diverse terrain of communities that are as deeply wild as they are high... + Read More
Rita Bouvier's third collection of poetry is a response to the highs and lows of life and represents an attempt at restoring order through embracing others, reconciling the traumas caused by the deep scars of history, and soaring beyond life's awkward and painful moments in order to live joyfully. Inspired by the metaphor of a voyageur sustained by song on his journeys up and down the rivers of Northwest Saskatchewan, these "songs for the seasons" draw heavily on images from nature as well as the joys, heartaches and transgressions Bouvier has ... + Read More
In this contrapuntal follow-up to Governor General’s Award finalist Discovery Passages, Garry Thomas Morse traces multiple lines of his mixed ancestry. These include the nomadic “pre-historical” movements of Wakashan speakers who were later to form various West Coast First Nations; the schismatic mindset of Jedidiah Morse, the “father of American geography” ;and eternal struggles of European Jewish relations, artists, and close friends against perennial anti-Semitism. Set around the vigilantly maintained border/lines that mark the relatively “u... + Read More
Series: Wild Rice DreamsCanadian Aboriginal VoicesPaperbackVera Wabegijig9781926956633$15.95POETRY Oct 15, 2013
“Wild Rice Dreams” is a collection of Aboriginal poetry that delves into the human experience from an Anishinaabe perspective. The book captures sensible cultural and emotional challenges, and ultimately shares subtle insight and compassion. The poems explore how intricate relationships between people, dreams and memories play an integral role in the complex life of being an Anishinaabe.
Series: Between the MomentsCanadian Aboriginal VoicesPaperbackMarie-Andrée Gill9781926956800$15.95POETRY Apr 15, 2014
The poems in “Between the Moments” immerse the reader deep into the reflection of humanity and tangible reality of life to explore the moments of perplexity and simplicity of life. Throughout the book, the author roams the crevices of her desire and invites us into the world filled with tides and stars, mirages and reflections, moments of confusion and enlightenment to resolve deep emotional issues and to find the light in the darkness. In “Between the Moments” the emotions are overlapping and the feelings are evolving until the end of the night.
The gripping title poem of The Resumption of Play, which won the 2015 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, dramatizes the traumatic experience and enduring legacy of Canada's Indian residential schools. The book is also about coming to terms with grief and loss, including a special elegiac sequence about the poet's mother, dead at age 35, and another about Pound, Brodsky, Stravinsky and Diaghelev called "On Being Dead in Venice." This exciting new cornucopia from one of Canada's premier poets also includes two prison letters from Somalia and lyrics ... + Read More
This is the long-awaited debut collection by a widely-anthologized master poet. While it is intended foremost for an Aboriginal audience, the poetry's scope and quality create an extraordinary opportunity for all readers to see through Aboriginal eyes. There are exquisite lyrical portrayals of the Saugeen region and other parts of Southern Ontario; biting commentary on the historic injustices to First Nations people; engaging magical realism and native mythology, featuring wily tricksters and giving form to dreams; touching treatments of the bo... + Read More
Translated from the French into English by Phyllis Aronoff. This bilingual work (English and Innu-aimun) is an invitation to dialogue. Message sticks are the signs that allow the nomadic Innu to orient themselves inland and find their way. The poetry brings the language of the nutshimit (the back country) to life again, recalling the sound of the drum. Simple and beautiful, Joséphine Bacon?s poetry is an homage to the land, the ancestors, and the Innu-aimun language. Charting unwritten history, it provides a vision into the intensity of the e... + Read More
A Night for the Lady explores the terrain of poetry conversation. Each poem arises from conversations with poets, colleagues and intimate friends. They range from a 1998 conversation on healing programs and the fundamentals of world change to a sequence of recent indigenous literary events on the prairies. Within the context of these conversations, an exploration emerges of the roles of woman within local as well as historic literary and global situations. The poems draw together diverse figures from world literature, world religions and myths... + Read More
In heart-wrenching detail, Louise Halfe recalls the damage done by the residential schools to her parents, her family, and herself in her new poetry collection. Burning in the Midnight Dream is the latest collection of poems by Louise Bernice Halfe. Many were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and nightmares that arose in her as the Truth and Reconciliation process unfolded. With fearlessly wrought verse, Halfe describes how the experience of the residential schools continues to haunt those who survive, and how t... + Read More
Series: InjunPaperbackJordan Abel9780889229778$16.95POETRY Mar 25, 2016
Award-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel’s third collection, Injun, is a long poem about racism and the representation of indigenous peoples. Composed of text found in western novels published between 1840 and 1950 – the heyday of pulp publishing and a period of unfettered colonialism in North America – Injun then uses erasure, pastiche, and a focused poetics to create a visually striking response to the western genre.After compiling the online text of 91 of these now public-domain novels into one gargantuan document, Abel used his word processor... + Read More
In this Cree translation of "Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies" by Reneltta Arluk, the author and the translator draw from the Aboriginal traditions of praising the land and the spirit, the realities of Aboriginal culture, and the concept of feminine individuality. The poems, both sacred and secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furious. Here are the tales of love, betrayal, courage, defeat, acceptance, loss, grief, passion, delight, courting, coming of age, birth and death, youth and old age, hu... + Read More
In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Lee Maracle has earned the reputation as one of Canada's most ardent and celebrated writers. Talking to the Diaspora, Maracle's second book of poetry, is at once personal and profound. From the revolutionary "Where Is that Odd Dandelion-Looking-Flower" to the tender poem "Salmon Dance," from the biting "Language" to the elegiac "Boy in the Archives," these poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which Lee Maracle is beloved and revered.
Series: In the Dog HousePaperbackWanda John-Kehewin9780889227491$16.95POETRY Apr 15, 2012
In her first idiom-shattering book of poetry, Wanda John-Kehewin endeavours to “speak her truth,” combining elements of First Nations oral tradition with a style of dramatic narrative that originates from the earliest traditions of cultural storytelling and also keeps pace with the rhythmical undulations of Canadian poets such as James Reaney and E.J. Pratt. However, in a contemporary setting, the magniloquent narrative of nation-building has given way to fragmentary and reflexive self- examination that is inextricably bound to a history of col... + Read More
Series: Halfling Spring: an internet romancePaperbackJoanne Arnott9780986874062$16.00POETRY Mar 07, 2014
In Halfling spring, a series of notes unfolds the dance of desire versus trust through a long season of actual and metaphorical springtime. Joanne Arnott is a M?tis/mixed blood mother of six, and in this collection she continues her explorations of love, intimacy, and family, with a focus on electronic connections (internet love). Transiting Canada from Victoria to Iqaluit, and transitioning from virtual to real (fantasy to reality), she inspects the realms of miscegenation and love in a class conscious and cross-cultural context, revealing en... + Read More
A picture of the Riel Resistance from one of Canada’s preeminent Métis poets Winner of the 2016 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry With a title derived from John A. Macdonald’s moniker for the Métis, The Pemmican Eaters explores Marilyn Dumont’s sense of history as the dynamic present. Combining free verse and metered poems, her latest collection aims to recreate a palpable sense of the Riel Resistance period and evoke the geographical, linguistic/cultural, and political situation of Batoche during this time through the eyes of those who... + Read More
Delicate and dark, Métis / Icelandic poet Jonina Kirton’s debut collection explores the unfurling of a woman of "mixed blood" who, now approaching sixty years old, looks back on pivotal events in her life. page as bone – ink as bloodaddresses the effects of childhood abuse, sexuality, marriage, ancestry, spirituality, and death.
Do not enter my soul in your shoes is a poetry collection of great sensitivity. Above all it is a cry from the heart, as if empathy and poetry were dazzled by the eruption of a volcano. Natasha Kanapé Fontaine reveals herself as a poet and Innu woman. She loves. She weeps. She shouts... to come into the world, again. The book is first of all a journey deep inside the self, with joy and love, taking the body on a path to expectation and ecstasy, a quest sustained by incisive, inventive writing, which can leap from impressions of nature to refere... + Read More
Series: Deaf HeavenPaperbackGarry Gottfriedson9781553804499$15.95POETRY Mar 15, 2016
As the title suggests, this new collection of poetry from Garry Gottfriedson of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation deals with the ways in which the world is deaf to the problems First Nations people face in Canada today. Gottfriedson examines such issues as the Truth and Reconciliation movements as well as the missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The poems focus not only on postcolonial issues but also on First Nations internal problems. Although the book speaks of age-old themes, it explores them through fresh modern eyes offering thought-provok... + Read More
Translated from French by Howard Scott. Assi Manifesto is a celebration of the Innu land in the tradition of Joséphine Bacon. This telluric power is reminiscent of Paul Chamberland?s Terre Québec. Natasha Kanapé?s challenge is to name her land, but also to reconcile opposites. In this collection of poetry, the author engages with the environment, colonialism, anxiety, anger, healing, solitude, and love. "Assi" in Innu means Land. Assi Manifesto is primarily a land of women. If the manifesto is a public space, Assi is a forum of life, a s... + Read More
Series: Un/inhabitedPaperbackJordan Abel9780889229228$24.95POETRY Jan 09, 2015
Award-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel’s second collection of poetry, Un/inhabited, maps the terrain of the public domain to create a layered investigation of the interconnections between language and land. Abel constructed the book’s source text by compiling in their entiretyninety-one western novels found on the website Project Gutenberg, an online archive of works whose copyright has expired. Using his word processor’s Ctrl-F function, he searched the compilation for words that relate to the political and social aspects of land, territory, a... + Read More
These are Indigenous poems in a global context, tackling philosophy, history, epistemology, and placing Indigenous struggles alongside other battles, other atrocities, other genocides. Wabigoon River Poems draws upon Indigenous knowledge and traditions while pushing at the boundaries of what readers might expect Indigenous poetry to be.
Series: Canadian Aboriginal Voices SeriesCalling Down the SkyPaperbackRosanna Deerchild9781772310054$16.95POETRY Oct 15, 2015
"Calling Down the Sky" is a poetry collection that describes deep personal experiences and post generational effects of the Canadian Aboriginal Residential School confinements in the 1950's when thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools against their parents' wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. The author portrays how the ongoing impact of the residential schools problem has been felt throughout generations and has contributed to social problems that contin... + Read More
Revealing objects of unimagined beauty and rarity, this book brings readers into the world of the Aboriginal nations of Quebec, Canada, the United States, Amazonia, and Oceania. The history of this collection spans a period stretching from New France (1600), with objects brought back by the priests of the Séminaire de Québec from missions in various regions of the Americas, to the present, with the most recent donations by collectors passionate about history and the ways of life of the First Peoples. The collections at Quebec's Musées de la Civ... + Read More
Restorying Indigenous Leadership: Wise Practices in Community Development is a foundational resource of the most recent scholarship on Indigenous leadership. The authors in this anthology share their research through nonfictional narratives, innovative approaches to Indigenous community leadership, and inspiring accounts of success, presenting many models for Indigenous leader development. These engaging stories are followed by a Wise Practices section featuring seven significant contemporary case study summaries. Restorying promotes hope for t... + Read More
Series: Price PaidThe Fight for First Nations SurvivalPaperbackBev Sellars9780889229723$19.95SOCIAL SCIENCE Aug 26, 2016
Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations at the same time that it addresses misconceptions still widely believed today.The second book by award-winning author Bev Sellars, Price Paid is based on a popular presentation Sellars created for treaty-makers, politicians, policymakers, and educators when she discovered they did not know the historic reasons they were at the table negotiating First Nations rights.The book begins with glimpses of foods, medicines, and cultural practices ... + Read More
Series: Winter We Danced, TheVoices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More MovementPaperbackKino-nda-niimi Collective, The9781894037518$22.95SOCIAL SCIENCE Apr 26, 2014
The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collection consolidates some of the most powerful, creative and insightful moments from the winter we danced and gestures towards next steps in an on-going movement for justice and I... + Read More