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Title: Ancient Thunder
Author: Leo Yerxa (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Children
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
A visionary and beautiful book, Ancient Thunder celebrates wild horses and the natural world in which they lived in harmony. Using an extraordinary technique, artist of Ojibwa ancestry, Leo Yerxa makes paper look like leather, so that his illustrations seem to be painted on leather shirts. Each shirt is accompanied by a rich, wild song of praise for the wild horses that came to play such an important role in the lives of the First Peoples. Years in the making, the book is truly a work of art, one that reflects Yerxa’s sense of nature and the place of native people within it. First Nations Communities Reads Award Winner 2008
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Title: As Long as the Rivers Flow
Author: Larry Loyie (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Children
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
In the 1800s, the education of First Nations children was taken on by various churches, in government-sponsored residential schools. Children were forcibly taken from their families in order to erase their traditional languages and cultures. As Long as the Rivers Flow is the story of Larry Loyie's last summer before entering residential school. It is a time of learning and adventure. He cares for an abandoned baby owl and watches his grandmother make winter moccasins. He helps the family prepare for a hunting and gathering trip. First Nation Communities Reads Award Winner 2006
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Title: Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun
Author: Paul(Indigenous Author) Seesequasis
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books
Location: MJLB
A revelatory portrait of eight Indigenous communities from across North America, shown through never-before-published archival photographs--a gorgeous extension of Paul Seesequasis's popular social media project.
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Title: The Break
Author: Katherena Vermette (Indigenous author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
When a Métis woman sees a possible crime she telephones the police. Told from the perspectives of various people connected to this violence in a Metis community, we hear their stories leading up to that fateful night. A 2017 Canada Reads finalist. This item was generously donated by the Chapter One Book Club.
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Title: Fatty Legs
Author: Christy Jordan-Fenton
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Children
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools. At school Margaret soon encounters the Raven, a black-cloaked nun with a hooked nose and bony fingers that resemble claws. She immediately dislikes the strong-willed young Margaret. Intending to humiliate her, the heartless Raven gives gray stockings to all the girls -- all except Margaret, who gets red ones. In an instant Margaret is the laughingstock of the entire school. In the face of such cruelty, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and bravely gets rid of the stockings. Although a sympathetic nun stands up for Margaret, in the end it is this brave young girl who gives the Raven a lesson in the power of human dignity. First Nations Communities Reads Winner 2011.
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Title: Indian Horse
Author: Richard Wagamese (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he’s a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he’s sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he’ll find it only through telling his story.First Nations Communities Reads Award Winner 2013
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Title: #Indian Love Poems
Author: Tenille K. (Indigenous author) Campbell
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
Covering Indigenous adventures from Wahpole Island to Northern Saskatchewan to the West Coast, #IndianLovePoems is a poetry collection that humorously delves into the truths of love and lust within the Indigenous communities, leading to reflection on the complexities of sex, race, culture, and intention within relationships.
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Title: Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories and Songs
Author: Leanne Betasamosake (Indigenous author) Simpson
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
Explores the lives of contemporary Indigenous Peoples and communities, especially those of the author's own Nishnaabeg nation.
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Title: Keeper'n Me
Author: Richard Wagamese (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city. (This item was generously donated by the Kakabeka Book Worms Book Club)
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Title: Long Powwow Nights
Author: Pam Aleek, David Bouchard(Indigenous Authors)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Children
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
The Powwow is a time-honored Native American custom. It is a celebration of life and spirituality, a remembrance of traditions, uniting a people through dance and ritual."Long Powwow Nights" takes you on a wonderful journey, honoring these mystical dancers who keep their traditions alive through dance and song. In its poetic verses, David Bouchard skillfully narrates the story of a mother's dedication to her roots and her efforts to impress upon her child the importance of culture and identity. Internationally revered Native American artist, Leonard Paul, brings the story alive with his beautiful renditions of powwow dancers, warriors, and stunning landscape. The book is accompanied by a CD, which includes music by internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, Buffy Sainte- Marie. First Nations Communities Reads Award Winner 2010.
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Title: Moon of the Crusted Snow
Author: Waubgeshig Rice(Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
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.
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Title: Nitisanak (kit 1)
Author: Lindsay Nixon (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books
Location: MJLB
Lindsay Nixon’s nîtisânak honours blood and chosen kin with equal care. A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, it is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same. Using cyclical narrative techniques and drawing on their Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings, this work offers a compelling perspective on the connections that must be broken and the ones that heal.
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Title: Nitisanak (kit 2)
Author: Lindsay Nixon (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books
Location: MJLB
Lindsay Nixon’s nîtisânak honours blood and chosen kin with equal care. A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, it is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same. Using cyclical narrative techniques and drawing on their Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings, this work offers a compelling perspective on the connections that must be broken and the ones that heal.
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Title: Peace Pipe Dreams
Author: Darrell Dennis (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
Employing pop culture examples, personal anecdote and a cutting wit, Darrell Dennis deftly weaves history with current events to entertain, inform and provide a convincing, readable overview of First Nations issues and why they matter today
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Title: Ragged Company
Author: Richard Wagamese (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
Four chronically homeless people–Amelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Digger–seek refuge in a warm movie theatre when a severe Arctic Front descends on the city. The ragged company find a lost lottery ticket and discover they have won $13.5 million, but none of them can claim the money for lack proper identification. (sponsored by the Chapter One Book Club)
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Title: Seven Fallen Feathers (kit 1)
Author: Tanya Talaga (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
From 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Five were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred Indigenous site. Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.
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Title: Seven Fallen Feathers (kit 2)
Author: Tanya Talaga (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
From 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Five were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred Indigenous site. Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.
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Title: Shannen and the Dream for a School
Author: Janet Wilson
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Children
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
The true story of Shannen Koostachin, her classmates, her community, and the movement to support First Nations children.First Nations Communities Reads Award Winner 2012.
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Title: SkySisters
Author: Jan Bourdeau Waboose (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Children
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
On a wintry night, two Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen countryside in search of the SkySpirits. It isn't easy for the younger sister to be silent, but gradually she begins to treasure the stillness and the wonderful experiences it brings. Amid the blowing snow, the girls spin under the midnight sky, hoping the Northern Lights will shine on their joyous dance. First Nations Communities Reads Award Winner 2005.
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Title: Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School
Author: Shelagh Rogers (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
Selected reflections, in reader format, on the lived and living experiences and legacies of Residential Schools and, more broadly, reconciliation in Canada. (sponsored by the Silver Islet Book Club)
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Title: Starlight
Author: Richard(Indigenous Author) Wagamese
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
The final novel from Richard Wagamese, the bestselling and beloved author of Indian Horse and Medicine Walk, centres on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A profoundly moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion--and the land's ability to heal us. (Generously donated by the Wordy Dozen Book Club)
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Title: Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman
Author: Rudy Weibe, Yvonne Johnson(Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
A story about justice, and injustices, about a murder, and a courtroom drama as compelling as any thriller as it unravels the events that put Yvonne Johnson behind bars for life, first in Kingston's Federal Prison for Women until the riot that closed it, and presently in the Okimaw Ochi Healing Lodge in the Cypress Hills. Co-Authored by Rudy Weibe(sponsored by Aids Thunder Bay)
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Title: A Stranger at Home: A True Story
Author: Margaret Pokiak-Fenton(Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Children
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
Ten-year-old Margaret can hardly contain her excitement. After 2 years in a residential boarding school, she is finally headed home. But when she stands before her family at last, her mother doesn't recognize her, shouting "Not my girl!" Co-authored with Christy Jordan-Fenton.
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Title: This Place: 150 Years Retold
Author: Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm[and 9 others]
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Adult
Contents: 10 books (no discussion guide)
Location: MJLB
Explore the last 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in the graphic novel anthology, This Place: 150 Years Retold. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through magic realism, serial killings, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.
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Title: Which Way Should I Go?
Author: Sylvia Olsen
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Children
Contents: 10 books and discussion guide
Location: MJLB
Joey and Grandma have a special way of doing things. With a song and a dance they meet their days joyfully. Shall I eat applesauce with cinnamon, or ice cream? Shall I go to soccer practice, or stay inside? There's always something to choose, and a fun way to choose it. Well...almost always. A dark time comes, and for a while Joey can't see the point of choosing. Even so, Grandma's love shines through, until Joey can take up the song and the dance once more. This is an uplifting story about a cherished relationship and the lasting power of wisdom and love. First Nations Communities Reads Award Winner 2009.
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Title: Wild Berries
Author: Julie Flett (Indigenous Author)
Genre: Indigenous People Collection
Age Group: Children
Contents: 10 books
Location: MJLB
Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother. Meet ant, spider and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape, the ancestral home of author and illustrator Julie Flett. First Nations Communities Reads Award Winner 2014.
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