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The Gnawer of Rocks
Author: Louise Flaherty
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Hardcover
  • While everyone is busy preparing for the coming winter, two 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 graphic novel introduces readers to a dark and twisted creature that haunts the Arctic landscape and preys on unsuspecting children…

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full-metal indigiqueer
Traditional Territory: Oji-Cree
Format: Paperback
  • This poetry collections focuses on a hybridized Indigiqueer Trickster character named Zoa who brings together the organic (the protozoan) and the technologic (the binaric) in order to re-beautify and re-member queer Indigeneity. This Trickster is a Two-Spirit / Indigiqueer invention that resurges in the apocalypse to haunt, atrophy, and to reclaim. Following oral tradition (Ã la Iktomi, Nanaboozho, Wovoka), Zoa infects, invades, and becomes a virus to canonical and popular worksin order to re-centre Two-Spirit livelihoods. They dazzlingly and fiercely take on the likes of Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and John Milton while also not forgetting contemporary pop culture figures such as Lana Del Rey, Grindr, and Peter Pan. Zoa world-builds a fourth-dimension, lives in the cyber space, and survives in NDN-time – they have learned to sing the skin back onto their bodies and remain #woke at the end of the world. “Do not read me as a vanished ndn,” they ask, “read me as a ghastly one.”

    full-metal indigiqueer is influenced by the works of Jordan Abel, Tanya Tagaq, Daniel Heath Justice, Claudia Rankine, Vivek Shraya, Qwo-Li Driskill, Leanne Simpson, Kent Monkman, and Donna Haraway. It is a project of resurgence for Two-Spirit / Indigiqueer folk who have been ghosted in policy, page, tradition, and hi/story – the very lives of Two-Spirit / Indigiqueer youth are rarely mentioned (and even dispossessed in our very mandates for reconciliation), our lives are precarious but they too are precious. We find ourselves made spectral in settler and neocolonial Indigenous nationalisms – if reconciliation is a means of “burying the hatchet,” Zoa seeks to unearth the bones buried with those hatched scalps and perform a séance to ghost dance Indigiqueerness into existence. Zoa world-destroys in order to world-build a new space – they care little for reconciliation but rather aim to reterroritorialize space in literature, pop culture, and oral storytelling. This project follows in the tradition of the aforementioned authors who, Whitehead believes, utilize deconstruction as a means of decolonization. This is a sex-positive project that tirelessly works to create coalition between those who have, as Haraway once noted, “been injured, profoundly.” Zoa stands in solidarity with all qpoc folk who exist as ghosts with intergenerational and colonial phantom pains – they sing with Donna Summer, RuPaul, Effie White, and Trixie Mattel. The space made is a post-apocalyptic hub of sex and decolonization – a world where making love is akin to making live.

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The Journey Forward, A Novella On Reconciliation
Traditional Territory: Dene, Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Two award-winning voices.
    Two stories on Reconciliation.
    Two amazing covers.
    One unforgettable book.



    The Journey Forward, A Novella On Reconciliation:

    When We Play Our Drums, They Sing!

    by Richard Van Camp

    This the story of 12-year-old Dene Cho, who is angry that his people are losing their language, traditions, and ways of being. Elder Snowbird is there to answer some of Dene Cho’s questions, and to share their history including the impact Residential schools continue to have on their people. It is through this conversation with Snowbird that Dene Cho begins to find himself, and begins to realize that understanding the past can ultimately change the future.

    Tessa Macintosh’s wonderful photographs are featured on the cover and interior of this memorable story.



    The Journey Forward, A Novella On Reconciliation:

    Lucy & Lola

    by Monique Gray Smith

    Lucy and Lola are 11-year-old twins who are heading to Gabriola Island, BC, to spend the summer with their Kookum (grandmother) while their mother studies for the bar exam. During their time with Kookum, the girls begin to learn about her experiences in being sent — and having to send their mother — to Residential school. Ultimately, they discover what it means to be inter-generational survivors.

    Award-winning illustrator Julie Flett created the amazing cover illustration and interior spot art that perfectly suit this engaging novella.



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No More No Name
Author: Tim Tingle
Traditional Territory: Choctaw
Format: Paperback
  • Tim Tingle's first novel in the contemporary No Name series depicts the struggles of Choctaw teen Bobby Byington. A strong-willed and determined high school basketballer, Bobby must carve a path through the dark world of his father's alcoholism and angry nature. In the second book, No More No Name, Bobby's mother returns home, and Bobby's basketball team, galvanized by his impressive shooting skills, begins to win. But trouble looms when his father's cravings resurface "Son, I hope you never fully understand what I'm going through. Every day, every hour, every minute. An owl claws on me from inside my chest. The desire to have one-just one more drink-that is the owl."

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A Girl Called Echo, Vol 1: Pemmican Wars
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee’s history class turns extraordinary, and Echo’s life will never be the same. During Mr. Bee’s lecture, Echo finds herself transported to another time and place—a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie—and back again to the present. In the following weeks, Echo slips back and forth in time. She visits a Métis camp, travels the old fur-trade routes, and experiences the perilous and bygone era of the Pemmican Wars.

    Pemmican Wars is the first graphic novel in a new series, A Girl Called Echo, by Governor General Award–winning writer, and author of The Seven Teaching Stories, Katherena Vermette.

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Chilcotin Chronicles
Author: Sage Birchwater
Traditional Territory: Nuxalk, Tsilhqot'in, Dakelh
Format: Paperback
  • A compilation of stories that meld both culture and bloodlines, Chilcotin Chronicles by Sage Birchwater is set in the wild and untamed country of central British Columbia’s Chilcotin Plateau. West of the Fraser River, this high country is contained by an arc of impenetrable mountain ranges that separates it from the Pacific Coast. The first inhabitants of this region were fiercely independent, molded by the land itself. Those who came later were drawn to this landscape with its mysterious aura of freedom, where time stood still and where a person could find solace in the wilderness and never be found.

    Birchwater reaches back to first European contact in British Columbia when the indigenous population spoke forty of Canada’s fifty-four languages and seventy of Canada’s one hundred dialects. The land known today as the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast was already an entity when Alexander Mackenzie arrived in 1793. Bonds of friendship, mutual support and family ties had long been established between the Dakelh, Tsilhqot’in and Nuxalk, giving cohesiveness to the region. Chilcotin Chronicles is about the men and women caught in the interface of cultures and the changing landscape. Indigenous inhabitants and white newcomers brought together by the fur brigades, then later by the gold rush, forged a path together, uncharted and unpredictable. Birchwater discovers that their stories, seemingly disconnected, are intrinsically linked together to create a human ecosystem with very deep roots. The lives of these early inhabitants give substance to the landscape. They give meaning to the people who live there today.

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Black Sheep, White Crow and Other Windmill Tales: Stories from Navajo Country
Author: Jim Kristofic
Format: Paperback
  • When Kameron moves to his grandma's sheep camp on the Navajo Reservation, he leaves behind his cell phone reception and his friends. The young boy's world becomes even stranger when Kameron takes the sheep out to the local windmill and meets an old storyteller. As the seasons turn, the old man weaves eight tales that teach the deeper story of the Diné country and the Diné people.

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Homophobia: Deal with it and turn prejudice into pride
Author: Steven Solomon
Format: Paperback
  • That's so gay! It's a phrase commonly heard in school halls and playgrounds. But when used as a put-down, it's also homophobic. With plenty of quizzes, Q+As, comics, and scenarios, this interactive and highly visual new book in the Deal With It series helps kids determine what is -- and what isn't -- homophobia, and what they can do to make their schools, homes, and communities more safe and inclusive for everyone.

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Teasing: Deal with it before the joke's on you
Author: Steve Pitt
Format: Paperback
  • Fry Reading Level - 6.1

    Humour is a great way to deal with conflict, but it can lead to conflict, too. Whether intentional or not, teasing can cause offense, hurt feelings, and create misunderstandings. This book offers young people help in dealing with problems that stem from teasing and other kinds of humour.

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Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast, 40th Anniversary Edition
Author: Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
  • Of the many resources available to the First Nations of the Northwest Coast, the most vital was fish. The people devised ingenious ways of catching the different species of fish, creating a technology vastly different from that of today’s industrial world. With attention to clarity and detail, Hilary Stewart illustrates their hooks, lines, sinkers, lures, floats, clubs, spears, harpoons, nets, traps, rakes and gaffs, showing how these were made and used in over 450 remastered drawings and 75 photographs. With material gathered from museum archives, fish camps and coastal village elders, the scope of this classic volume covers everything from how the catch was butchered, cooked, rendered and preserved to the attributes of fish designs on household and ceremonial objects—images that tell of fishing’s importance to the whole culture. The spiritual aspects of fishing are also described—prayers and ceremonies in gratitude and honour to the fish, as well as customs and taboos indicating the people’s respect for this life-giving resource.

    An incredibly varied and highly refined assemblage of tools, techniques and knowledge, the culmination of thousands of years of evolutionary development, Indian Fishing is more than a bare account of the technology of fishing; it is about fish and fishing in the total lives of the Northwest Coast people. A classic, thoroughly researched and informative text, it examines fishing techniques of a people who have lived on the coast for over 9,000 years to reveal their complex and rich culture.

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Song of Batoche
Author: Maia Caron
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Louis Riel arrives at Batoche in 1884 to help the Métis fight for their lands and discovers that the rebellious outsider Josette Lavoie is a granddaughter of the famous chief Big Bear, whom he needs as an ally. But Josette learns of Riel's hidden agenda - to establish a separate state with his new church at its head - and refuses to help him. Only when the great Gabriel Dumont promises her that he will not let Riel fail does she agree to join the cause. In this raw wilderness on the brink of change, the lives of seven unforgettable characters converge, each one with secrets: Louis Riel and his tortured wife Marguerite; a duplicitous Catholic priest; Gabriel Dumont and his dying wife Madeleine; a Hudson's Bay Company spy; and the enigmatic Josette Lavoie. As the Dominion Army marches on Batoche, Josette and Gabriel must manage Riel's escalating religious fanaticism and a growing attraction to each other. Song of Batoche is a timeless story that traces the borderlines of faith and reason, obsession and madness, betrayal and love.

    "This passionate retelling uses women's eyes to reveal the hidden history behind Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Deeply researched, and rooted in the soil of Batoche." - Marina Endicott, author of the Giller-nominated Close to Hugh

    "Combining fine research and engaging storytelling, Song of Batoche is a stirring fictionalized account of events in and around the 1885 North-West Resistance. Josette Lavoie is an intriguing and memorable heroine." - Katherena Vermette, author of the The Break and winner of the Governor General's Award

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Folk-Tales of the Coast Salish
Author: Various Authors
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1934, this collection of tales was recorded and edited by Thelma Adamson (1901–83), a student of Franz Boas and one of the first women to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in the Pacific Northwest. A major contribution to our knowledge of western Washington Salish oral traditions, Folk-Tales of the Coast Salish contains 190 texts from nineteen consultants—most collected in English or in English translation. The 155 stories represent Upper Chehalis and Cowlitz Salish narrative traditions, primarily myths and tales, and constitute the largest published body of oral literature for either of these groups. Adamson included as many as four variants of the same tale-type, and Adele Froehlich prepared a useful forty-three-page section of abstracts with comparative notes from eight regional text collections. Folk-Tales of the Coast Salish provides a rich data source for those interested in the content and comparative analysis of Native texts told in English. With few exceptions, the tales refer to the time “when all the animals were people.”

    This new edition enhances Adamson’s seminal work with the inclusion of a biographical sketch of Adamson and of her friend and noted ethnomusicologist George Herzog, who produced the appended music transcriptions

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War of the Blink
Traditional Territory: Haida
Format: Hardcover
  • “This Haida manga intriguingly blends graphic storytelling with a fine art sensibility… Yahgulanaas communicates via an arresting series of images evoking the traditional visual arts of the Haida people.” —Publisher’s Weekly

    The brilliant follow-up to RED: A Haida Manga — another stunningly inventive retelling of an ancient Haida tale.

    The latest offering from acclaimed graphic artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, War of the Blink is a stunning full-colour graphic novel about war and peace.

    It is the story of a fisherman who suspects a party of raiders is descending upon his island home. When his warnings are not heeded, the man sets out to guard the village on his own, only to find himself caught up in a high-stakes game of kidnap and bluff.

    All this leads to a final showdown, in which one of the sides must blink first—and the villagers find a surprising way to save face and their home, and avoid bloodshed.

    Combining traditional Northwest coast and Japanese comic art in Yahgulanaas’ own, dizzingly original mish-mash, War of the Blink is a timeless fable about the bravery it takes to choose peace over war.

    An earlier version of the artwork was displayed at the Vancouver Art Gallery a part of the groundbreaking exhibition “Raven Travelling.”

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La malédiction du chamane
Author: Michael Kusugak
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • Deux bébés promis en mariage l’un à l’autre, une chouette des neiges et un siksik maléfique,la vieille femme de sous les mers… et un chamane en colère.

    Un récit initiatique par le plus grand conteur inuit avec des illustrations d’Isabelle Salmon

    Inuit du nord du Canada, Michael Kusugak, Arvaarluk de son vrai prénom, naît en 1948 sur le territoire qu’on appelle à présent Nunavut. Jusqu’à l’âge de douze ans, il est l’un des tout derniers à connaître la vie traditionnelle en nomadisant avec ses parents.
    Installé aujourd’hui à Rankin Inlet sur la Baie d’Hudson où il écrit des livres, et « nomadise » à la rencontre de la jeunesse du monde entier. Il a remporté le prix Ruth Schwartz de la littérature jeunesse, ainsi que d’autres récompenses comme le prix Hackmatack. Ses livres sont traduits en français, en japonais, en coréen et en braille.
    La traductrice de cet ouvrage, Emilie Maj, est anthropologue de formation. Elle est passionnée par la vie dans les contrées polaires.

    À LA DÉCOUVERTE DES INUITS DU CANADA
    L’histoire se déroule avant l’arrivée des Occidentaux au nord du Canada, sur la Baie d’Hudson, en ces temps immémoriaux où les Inuits vivaient de la pêche et de la chasse aux animaux marins. L’Île de Marbre, où va se dérouler l’aventure, est une île inhabitée de l’archipel. C’est le territoire traditionnel de chasse des Inuits : on y trouve notamment des ours polaires et des lièvres arctiques. Dans cette région du monde où domine la toundra arctique, il fait jusqu’à -45°C en hiver et la température la plus chaude en été est de 25°C. En 1999, ce territoire qui est l’une des régions les moins peuplées du monde reçoit le nom de Nunavut, littéralement « La terre des hommes », et obtient plus d’indépendance au sein du Canada.

    Aujourd’hui, le Nunavut accueille près de 35 600 habitants, parmi lesquels près de 25 000 Inuits. Parmi eux, 20 000 parlent leur langue, l’inuktitut. Les Inuits ne vivent pas uniquement au Nunavut. Il vivent également au Groenland, en Alaska et en Sibérie. Autrefois, ils avaient tous en commun une culture nomade de la banquise.

    Ils l’ont remarqué :

    À la limite du récit ethnographique, le texte nous propose de découvrir ce peuple avec son mode de vie, ses contes et ses légendes. Plus qu’une simple histoire initiatique du héros, c’est nous, lecteur, qui sommes initiés à cette population. (Xian Moriarty blog, 21/02/2017)

    Ce roman suit la structure narrative du conte, où le surnaturel se trame au réalisme des croyances et des pratiques. Le jeune lecteur pourra découvrir la vie quotidienne de ces nomades inuits et se familiariser avec les animaux de ces contrées polaires. Une préface et une postface l’aideront à cadrer l’ensemble. En outre, comme tous les contes, ce récit offre à l’adolescent une leçon de vie : être « gentil avec ceux qui ne peuvent s’aider eux-mêmes », savoir reconnaître ses erreurs, savoir pardonner à autrui. Car ces populations du Grand Nord ne peuvent survivre que grâce à l’entraide et au partage. Ce récit enseigne que, face au destin, malgré son courage et sa ténacité, l’homme seul ne peut réussir sans l’aide de la divine Nature et l’intercession des animaux. (Blog Wodka, 19/01/2017)

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Strangers The Reckoner, Book 1
Traditional Territory: Norway House
Format: Paperback
  • When Cole Harper is compelled to return to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos: a series of shocking murders, a mysterious illness ravaging the residents, and reemerging questions about Cole’s role in the tragedy that drove him away 10 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?

    Strangers is the first novel in The Reckoner, a series by David Alexander Robertson, award–winning writer and author of HighWater Press’ acclaimed children’s book When We Were Alone.

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Rez Rebel
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • Floyd Twofeathers has always trusted his mom, a traditional healer, and his dad, hereditary chief of their band, to take care of the people on their reserve. But a lack of educational and career opportunities, medical support and counselling has left young people feeling that they have no future. As suicides pile up, Floyd finds that his friends and kids he knows are taking their own lives because they feel that they have no future — but his father refuses to listen to Floyd's attempts to find a realistic solution. When Floyd's father is overwhelmed by the situation and succumbs to alcohol and depression, it is up to Floyd to turn around his community's descent into crisis before it's too late.

    Set in a situation of suicide contagion among young people in Aboriginal communities, this novel follows one teenager's determined efforts to help his friends and his community find solutions.

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#NotYourPrincess
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Paperback
  • Native women demand to be heard in this stunning anthology.
    Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous girls and women across North America resound in this book. In the same visual style as the bestselling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, intergenerational trauma, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women demanding change and realizing their dreams. Sometimes outraged, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have had their history hidden and whose modern lives have been virtually invisible.

    Themes
    First Nations; Native Peoples; Indigenous; girls and women; biography; multicultural; stereotyping; acceptance; community; prejudice; self-esteem; tolerance

    Interest Age 14+
    Grade 9+
    8.5 x 11
    112 Pages

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Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People
Traditional Territory: Piikani
Format: Paperback
  • Unlike most books that chronicle the history of Native peoples beginning with the arrival of Europeans in 1492, this book goes back to the Ice Age to give young readers a glimpse of what life was like pre-contact. The title, Turtle Island, refers to a Native myth that explains how North and Central America were formed on the back of a turtle. Based on archeological finds and scientific research, we now have a clearer picture of how the Indigenous people lived. Using that knowledge, the authors take the reader back as far as 14,000 years ago to imagine moments in time. A wide variety of topics are featured, from the animals that came and disappeared over time, to what people ate, how they expressed themselves through art, and how they adapted to their surroundings. The importance of story-telling among the Native peoples is always present to shed light on how they explained their world. The end of the book takes us to modern times when the story of the Native peoples is both tragic and hopeful.

    Paperback: 116 pages
    Physical Dimensions: 7.50" x 9.30"

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Gangs: Deal with it before wrong seems right
  • One of the best approaches to keeping kids away from gangs is to inform them about the realities of gang involvement before they are offered the choice. This book in the Deal With It series is designed to connect with any reader, whether they're already involved with a gang, considering join ing a gang, or have witnessed gang activity in their neighbourhood. Quizzes, comics, and graphic novel-style illustration help make this an engaging and accessible way to approach a difficult-to-address problem. Gangs: Deal with it before wrong seems right uses real-life situations based on the author's experience as an at-risk youth counsellor to show tweens: common myths about gangs how to avoid being pushed or pulled into gang life how to get out where to go for help

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Cyberbullying: Deal with it and Ctrl Alt Delete it
Format: Paperback
  • Do you race home to log in on your computer and chat? But what can you do when that user comes on, the user that won't go away and is getting nastier by the day? Now it seems you can't go to any of your favourite sites without finding something nasty posted about you.

    This volume in the "Deal With It" series examines the issues of online name-calling, rumours, and threats, and provides fun and practical tips to help kids surf and text safely. [Fry Reading Level - 6.6

    Paperback: 32 pages
    Physical Dimensions: 8.50" x 11.00"

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Bullying: Deal with it before push comes to shove
Author: Elaine Slavens
Format: Paperback
  • Kids deal with bullying in its many forms on a daily basis. This newly revised and reissued edition of Bullying: Deal With It is a popular and proven resource in Lorimer’s Deal With It conflict resolution series. Quizzes, comics and graphic novel-style illustrations help make this an engaging and accessible way to approach a complex and all-too-common problem.

    This book will give kids the know-how to deal with bullying, whether they are the targets, witnesses, or even bullies themselves.

    Bullying 101 explains the many forms that bullying can take, from name-calling to physical fights to cyberbullying
    Letters to the “Bully Counsellor” illustrate real-life examples of bullying
    Quizzes test your anti-bullying skills
    A resource page lists helpful organizations, books, and websites

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Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.

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Algonquin Sunset
Author: Rick Revelle
Traditional Territory: Algonquin
Format: Paperback
  • Anokì and his sister Pangì Mahingan have grown up, and now face a decision that will change their lives forever.

    Twelve years after Mahingan was wounded battling for his life against the Haudenosaunee warrior known as Ö:nenhste Erhar (Corn Dog), we rejoin his family and learn what fate held for him.

    Now, his children, Anokì and Pangì Mahingan, along with their twin cousins Makwa and Wàbek, are grown and have adult responsibilities. Still living with their Algonquin family, they have become a formidable fighting unit with the addition of three Mi´kmaq warriors, E´s, Jilte´g, and the fierce Elue´wiet Ga´qaquj.

    However, there is danger in the land of the setting sun, and nothing is more dangerous than what the family is going to encounter from the fierce enemy of their new Anishinaabe allies: the Lakȟóta.

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The Marrow Theives
Author: Cherie Dimaline
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden - but what they don't know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.

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In Our Own Teen Voice 3
Author: Various Authors
Format: Paperback
  • The best of Vancouver Island young writers grades 8-12, In Our Own Teen Voice 3 features fiction and poetry written by teens about issues that matter to them.

    "A celebration of youth literacy." -BC BookLook

    "In Our Own Voice is a gift for Vancouver Island teen writers. There is nothing like having your passion recognized and celebrated at a young age." -Morgan Cross, first place winner 2015 and 2016 editions of In Our Own Voice

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Spirit (English/Cree)
Format: Paperback
  • Spirit focuses on the importance of relationships and how a loving, caring family can support positive mental health. It brings awareness to the challenges of depression and mental health and encourages the reader to reach out to those who are suffering and help them rediscover their value and worth.

    “I was devastated to read of a young man taking his life some time ago in one of our northern communities because of bullying and I immediately wrote down what I wished for him: I wished that in his final hours that there was a way to show him how much he was loved, cherished, adored, admired, believed in. And I saw, in that moment, a spirit of pure love and innocence coming to him to hold him.”

    “I hope everyone who reads it is reminded of how precious they are and how we need everyone healthy and everyone strong. We all need and deserve support for who we are and where we are at in our lives,” he continued. “I pray it creates courageous conversations and gets people asking for the help they need if they need it.” --Richard Van Camp

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Burning in this Midnight Dream
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • 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.

    In heart-wrenching detail, Halfe recalls the damage done to her parents, her family, herself. With fearlessly wrought verse, Halfe describes how the experience of the residential schools continues to haunt those who survive, and how the effects pass like a virus from one generation to the next. She asks us to consider the damage done to children taken from their families, to families mourning their children; damage done to entire communities and to ancient cultures.

    Halfe's poetic voice soars in this incredibly moving collection as she digs deep to discover the root of her pain. Her images, created from the natural world, reveal the spiritual strength of her culture.

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The Survival Guide for Kids with LD (Learning Differences)
Author: Rhoda Cummings
Format: Paperback
  • Kids with LD can learn—they just learn differently. Young people labeled with a "learning disability" or "learning disorder" will find a welcome resource in this fully revised and updated survival guide. The book retains the warmth, affirmation, and straightforward approach of earlier editions while incorporating current information about why some kids have LD and what supports are available, including new technologies. It defines different kinds of LD, describes a range of learning aids, helps kids deal with bullying and difficult feelings, suggests ways to make friends, and inspires young people to set goals for the future. Readers will find quizzes, think-about-it questions, stories, and quotes from other kids with LD.

    A special section discusses how IEPs and 504 Plans help kids with learning difficulties succeed in school. Includes a chapter written to parents and teachers along with resources for kids and adults.

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Moonshot Vol. 2
Author: Various Authors
Format: Paperback
  • The much anticipated Volume 2 of the award-winning MOONSHOT The Indigenous Comics Collection is here!

    MOONSHOT The Indigenous Comics Collection Volume 2 brings you even more original comic book and graphic novel stories, written by Indigenous authors from across North America. Gorgeously illustrated by a mix of award-winning artists, Volume 2 will take you on a stunning journey through this world and to worlds beyond!

    Each of the short stories included in this Volume will be based on a tradition from the author’s own tribe/community. These stories highlight present-day traditions, and diversity, in indigenous peoples today.

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Danny Blackgoat: Dangerous Passage
Author: Tim Tingle
Traditional Territory: Navajo
Format: Paperback
  • In the 1860s the United States Army forced thousands of Navajos off their land and imprisoned them in unsafe conditions at Fort Sumner. Through the eyes of teenager Danny Blackgoat, readers experience how the Diné people struggled to survive.

    In the concluding novel of the Danny Blackgoat trilogy, the major characters appear in a final scene of reckoning. Danny Blackgoat must face the charge of stealing a horse from Fort Davis––or reveal that his old friend, Jim Davis, stole the horse to help Danny escape. The penalty for horse theft in the 1860s? Death by hanging. Only the word of a Navajo woman can save both Danny and Jim Davis, but will she arrive at Fort Sumner before the bugles sound and the hanging begins?

    Danny Blackgoat: Dangerous Passage is filled with history-based action, as the Diné people leave their imprisonment and return to Navajo country.

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Son of a Trickster
Author: Eden Robinson
Traditional Territory: Haisla, Heiltsuk
Format: Hardcover
  • Everyone knows a guy like Jared: the burnout kid in high school who sells weed cookies and has a scary mom who's often wasted and wielding some kind of weapon. Jared does smoke and drink too much, and he does make the best cookies in town, and his mom is a mess, but he's also a kid who has an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age, and he can't rely on anyone for consistent love and support, except for his flatulent pit bull, Baby Killer (he calls her Baby)--and now she's dead.

    Jared can't count on his mom to stay sober and stick around to take care of him. He can't rely on his dad to pay the bills and support his new wife and step-daughter. Jared is only sixteen but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family's life, even look out for his elderly neighbours. But he struggles to keep everything afloat...and sometimes he blacks out. And he puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he's the son of a trickster, that he isn't human. Mind you, ravens speak to him--even when he's not stoned.

    You think you know Jared, but you don't.

    Hardcover: 336 pages
    Physical Dimensions: 6.20" x 9.30"

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Wisdom of the Elders: Who is an Elder?
Format: Paperback
  • Elders are the keepers of First Nations traditional knowledge and from their wisdom we offer this short booklet. Wisdom of the Elders answers the question: Who is an Elder? It is meant to be used as a guide for First Nations educators to use when implementing a model involving Elders in the education process. Advice and guidance from Elders in First Nations territories in Manitoba are the key resources for this booklet.

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First Nations Ceremonies
Traditional Territory: Anishinaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • First Nations Ceremonies explores various Anishinaabe teachings that have been handed down from Elders, encouraging mino-pimaatisiwin, the good life. These practices are still used today, crossing time from the past to the future.

    24 pages

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Kayas, Ochekiwi Sipi: Fisher River Before 1950
Author: Verna Kirkness
Format: Hardcover
  • This beautiful hard cover book by Verna J. Kirkness invites readers to go back in time and enjoy stories and photos of Ochekiwi Sipi (Fisher River) before 1950, as told by the Elders. This book was written and created for the 140th Anniversary of Ochekiwi Sipi in 2015.

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Weenipeeg
Author: Bill Ballantyne
Format: Paperback
  • The name Weenipeeg (or Winnipeg) is known to mean dirty water. But how did it get that name? Weepipeeg, a story carried on by Elder Bill Ballantyne, is a children’s book that recounts the gripping true events that led to Winnipeg receiving its name. A journey story at its heart, this beautifully illustrated book will have you on the edge of your seat, while it shares important traditional knowledge.

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Grassroots Anthology Volume 2
Author: Various Authors
Format: Paperback
  • Our second instalment of Grassroots Anthology, this beautiful, 95 page book, is now available!

    “This volume continues the celebration of First Nations artistic perspectives. It shares even more stories, poems, paintings and photographs from talented artists and writers in Manitoba.”

    MFNERC is honoured to present this work as a source of inspiration for younger generations. With this anthology we hope to inspire young people to develop and pursue their own creative aspirations so they may also share their stories.

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Rocks, Minerals and Gems
Author: John Farndon
Format: Paperback
  • This is a definitive full colour guide for young readers. It includes an introduction to rocks, minerals and gems and how they form, how and where to look for them, how to identify rocks and minerals, and everything there is to know about building a collection.

    Packed with fun facts and practical activities, the book features high-definition colour photography and data keys that show noteworthy qualities of each specimen in extraordinary detail.

    Rocks, Minerals and Gems shows how to read the landscape for clues and identify different rock types -- from dazzling diamonds to grainy sandstone. It describes fascinating facts and data boxes provide short facts to help with quick identification.

    Earth's most precious rocks, minerals and gems can be anywhere and everywhere in the world -- from riverbeds to beaches, cliff faces to fields. The only equipment needed is a backpack, a smartphone and some good walking shoes -- and maybe a small bag to carry home the treasure.

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Cher journal: Les mots qu'il me reste
Traditional Territory: Algonquin
Format: Hardcover
  • Violette Pesheens a de la difficulté à s'adapter à sa nouvelle vie au pensionnat. Sa grand-mère lui manque et de sérieux affrontements éclatent entre des filles cries. De plus, tout le monde la dévisage dans cette école de blancs, et tout ce qu'elle a apporté lui a été confisqué, y compris son nom : elle n'est plus qu'un numéro.

    Mais le pire c'est la peur qui la tient. La peur d'oublier tout ce qu'elle a toujours chéri; l'anishnabe, sa langue, le nom des personnes qu'elle connaissait et ses coutumes. Bref, la peur d'oublier qui elle est. Son journal est le seul endroit où elle peut exprimer ses véritables inquiétudes, ses déchirements et se souvenir du passé. Peut-être qu'écrire lui permettra de finalement voir la lumière au bout de ce tunnel infernal.

    Basée sur son expérience dans un pensionnat, Ruby Slipperjack a créé une héroïne brave et touchante, Violette. Les jeunes lecteurs feront une incursion importante dans ce sombre chapitre de l'histoire de notre nation.



    Violette Pesheen is struggling to adjust to her new life at Residential School. She misses her Grandma; she has run-ins with Cree girls; at her "white" school, everyone just stares; and everything she brought has been taken from her, including her name-she is now just a number. But worst of all, she has a fear. A fear of forgetting the things she treasures most: her Anishnabe language; the names of those she knew before; and her traditional customs. A fear of forgetting who she was.

    Her notebook is the one place she can record all of her worries, and heartbreaks, and memories. And maybe, just maybe there will be hope at the end of the tunnel.

    Drawing from her own experiences at Residential School, Ruby Slipperjack creates a brave, yet heartbreaking heroine in Violette, and lets young readers glimpse into an all-too important chapter in our nation's history.

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The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens
Format: Paperback
  • When teens consider suicide, they often tell other teens-if not always directly, then in other ways. Updated with new facts, statistics, and resources, this book gives teens the information and insight they need to recognize the risk and respond appropriately. It spells out the warning signs, guides teens through the steps of reaching out to a friend, and explains when and how to seek help. It also suggests ways for teens to help themselves when they're feeling stressed or depressed.

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GLBTQ
Author: Kelly Hugel
Format: Paperback
  • First published in 2003, GLBTQ quickly became the indispensable resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning teens (often referred to as LGBT or GLBTQ). This fully revised and updated edition retains all of the straightforward information and practical advice of the original edition while providing a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of homosexuality and transgender people.
    Included are updates on efforts to promote equality regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, the current status of legislative initiatives concerning safe schools, gay marriage, workplace equality, and transgender expression, and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Resources point the way to books and websites with more information, and quotes from GLBTQ teens (and allies) who have - been there - share stories of personal experiences.

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Cut Off
Author: Jamie Bastedo
Format: Paperback
  • Fourteen-year-old Indio McCracken enjoys meteoric stardom as a guitar prodigy after his father posts a video of him playing. Things quickly go sour when Indio's fame fuels his father's dream of raising the world's next Segovia. Robbed of a normal childhood and already feeling alienated by his mixed Guatemalan-Canadian heritage, Indio desperately seeks escape online by creating a virtual identity, an obsession that almost kills him. Facing school expulsion - or worse - unless he kicks his Internet habit, Indio is shipped off to a teen addictions rehab center in the wilds of northern Canada where the adventure of a lifetime awaits him.

    We all depend on computers, smartphones, or other handheld devices for sharing information, keeping in touch, and entertaining ourselves. But what happens when our normal interaction with these useful tools crosses the line into addiction?

    Award-winning author Jamie Bastedo explores the roots of one "screenager's" passions and pitfalls in this timely tale of oppression, addiction, and deliverance.

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Paint
Author: Jennifer Dance
Format: Paperback
  • CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2015) - Commended

    The life story of a painted mustang set against the backdrop of America’s Great Plains in the late 1800s.

    It’s the late 1800s. A Lakota boy finds an orphaned mustang foal and brings her back to his family’s camp, naming her Paint for her black-and-white markings. Boy and horse soon become inseparable. Together they learn to hunt buffalo, their fear of the massive beasts tempered by a growing trust in each other.

    When the U.S. Cavalry attacks the camp, the pair is forced onto separate paths. Paint’s fate becomes entwined with that of settlers, who bring irreversible change to the grassland, setting the stage for environmental disaster. Bought and sold several times, Paint finally finds a home with English pioneers on the Canadian Prairie.

    With a great dust storm looming on the horizon, man and horse will need to work together if they hope to survive.

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Hawk
Author: Jennifer Dance
Format: Paperback
  • When a First Nations teen rescues a fish-hawk from a tailings pond in Alberta‘s oil sands, he has no idea that soon they will both be fighting for their lives.

    As a cross-country runner, Adam aims to win gold in the upcoming provincial championship. But when he is diagnosed with leukemia, he finds himself in a different race, one that he can’t afford to lose. He reclaims the name Hawk, given to him by his grandfather, and begins to fight, for his life and for the land of his ancestors and the creatures that inhabit it. With a little help from his grandfather and his friends, he might just succeed.

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Will I See?
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that strength be able to save her? A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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Fire Starters
Author: Jennifer Storm
Traditional Territory: Ojibway
Format: Paperback
  • Looking for a little mischief after finding an old flare gun, Ron and Ben suddenly find themselves in trouble when the local gas bar on Agamiing Reserve goes up in flames, and they are wrongly accused of arson by the sheriff’s son. As the investigation goes forward, community attitudes are revealed, and the truth slowly comes to light.

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Night Sky Guide
Format: Pamphlet
  • This ingenious guide gives beginning stargazers instant access to just what they need to know

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Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations
Traditional Territory: Ojibway
Format: Paperback
  • "Life sometimes is hard. There are challenges. There are difficulties. There is pain. As a younger man I sought to avoid them and only ever caused myself more of the same. These days I choose to face life head on--and I have become a comet. I arc across the sky of my life and the harder times are the friction that lets the worn and tired bits drop away. It's a good way to travel; eventually I will wear away all resistance until all there is left of me is light. I can live towards that end."

    --Richard Wagamese, Embers

    In this carefully curated selection of everyday reflections, Richard Wagamese finds lessons in both the mundane and sublime as he muses on the universe, drawing inspiration from working in the bush--sawing and cutting and stacking wood for winter as well as the smudge ceremony to bring him closer to the Creator. Embers is perhaps Richard Wagamese's most personal volume to date. Honest, evocative and articulate, he explores the various manifestations of grief, joy, recovery, beauty, gratitude, physicality and spirituality--concepts many find hard to express. But for Wagamese, spirituality is multifaceted. Within these pages, readers will find hard-won and concrete wisdom on how to feel the joy in the everyday things. Wagamese does not seek to be a teacher or guru, but these observations made along his own journey to become, as he says, "a spiritual bad-ass," make inspiring reading.

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In Our Own Aboriginal Voice
Format: Paperback
  • In Our Own Aboriginal Voice, an anthology collection of Aboriginal writers and artists in B.C. which include:

    Michael Calvert, Mary-Ann Chevrier, Tara DeSousa, Maryann Dick, Kevin Henry, Darlene McIntosh, Natalia Auger Nybida, Ry-Lee Pearson, Spencer Sheehan-Kalina, Kirsten Sam, Kris J. Skinner, Jerry Smaaslet and Joe Starr.

    "The time for our own stories has arrived, our own written words, our own voices. It is through our stories that we discover our roots. They feed us. They make us strong." -Terri Mack (owner, Strong Nations Bookstore & Press)

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The Missing
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • After a girl she knows from school goes missing and is found dead in the Red River, Feather is shocked when the police write it off as a suicide. Then, it's Feather's best friend, Mia, who vanishes — but Mia's mom and abusive stepfather paint Mia as a frequent runaway, so the authorities won't investigate her disappearance either. Everyone knows that Native girls are disappearing and being killed, but no one is connecting the dots.

    When Feather's brother Kiowa is arrested under suspicion of Mia's abduction, Feather knows she has to clear his name. What Feather doesn't know is that the young serial killer who has taken Mia has become obsessed with Feather, and her investigation is leading her into terrible danger.

    Using as its background the ongoing circumstance of unsolved cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, this fictional thriller set in Winnipeg explores one teenager's response to a system that has long denied and misrepresented the problem.

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Rez Runaway
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • 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.

    This is a novel that reflects the complex realities faced by young LGBTQ and aboriginal youth today.

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