Bill Arnott visits a Nanaimo BC bookshop and purchases a copy of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, which he reviews here.
Rick was born in Smith Falls Ontario. He belongs to the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. His books include, I Am Algonquin (2013), Algonquin Spring (2015), Algonquin Sunset (2017) and the final and fourth book in the series, Algonquin Legacy, which is now available.
Tansi, my name is Mercedez Tate and I’m a 17-year-old Plains Cree woman from Poundmaker Cree Nation, Sask, on Treaty 6 territory.
I’ve always had a strong bond with words, especially writing and singing.
Iskotew Iskwew/Fire Woman is a poetry collection written during a period of trauma while the author was working as a Counsel to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2017.
ittle Wolf by Teoni Spathelfer, is an uplifting story of an Indigenous girl living in a big city, and how she stays connected to her heritage.
Mi’kmaq Campfire Stories of Prince Edward Island by Julie Pellissier-Lush is a lovely compilation of short stories, each offering both entertainment and education for young listeners.
Four of Alison Manley's Instagram reviews are collected here for National Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30, 2021.
Brian Isaac's powerful debut novel All the Quiet Places is the coming-of-age story of Eddie Toma, an Indigenous (Syilx) boy, told through the young narrator's wide-eyed observations of the world around him. It's 1956, and six-year-old Eddie Toma lives with his mother, Grace, and his little brother, Lewis, near the Salmon River on the far edge of the Okanagan Indian Reserve in the British Columbia Southern Interior.
Selina Boan’s Undoing Hours foregrounds play with linguistics and poetics to explore liminalities of identity and family in the context of a half-Cree, half-white settler speaker.
John McDonald is a multidisciplinary writer and artist originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A sixth-generation direct descendant of Chief Mistawasis of the Plains Cree, John’s writings and artwork have been displayed in various publications, private and permanent collections and galleries around the world. John is one of the founding members of the P.A. Lowbrow art movement and is the Vice President of the Indigenous Peoples Artists Collective.
Creeland is a poetry collection concerned with notions of home and the quotidian attachments we feel to those notions, even across great distances.
Kazim Ali’s earliest memories are of Jenpeg, a temporary town in the forests of northern Manitoba where his immigrant father worked on the construction of a hydroelectric dam.
The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik) weaves the stories of a group of women committed to helping one another. Despite abuse experienced by some, both in their own community and in residential schools, these women learn to celebrate their culture, its stories, its dancing, its drums, and its elders.
In 1822, William Epps Cormack sought the expertise of a guide who could lead him across Newfoundland in search of the last remaining Beothuk camps on the island. In his journals, Cormack refers to his guide only as “My Indian.”
A narrative of resistance and resilience spanning seven decades in the life of a tireless advocate for Indigenous language preservation.