National Indigenous History Month - Adult

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Calling for a Blanket Dance : A Novel.

Calling for a Blanket Dance : A Novel.

Hokeah, Oscar.
2022

Told in a series of voices, this novel takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle through the multigenerational perspectives of his family as they face myriad obstacles including the constant resettlement of the family, and the legacy of centuries of injustice all intensify Ever's bottled-up rage. Once an adult, Ever must take the strength given to him by his relatives to save not only himself but also the next generation of family. Print run 30,000.

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Deep house

Deep house

King, Thomas, 1943-, author
2022

"For the first time since the pandemic, Thumps DreadfulWater has finally found some peace in small-town Chinook. Sure, his beloved cat is still missing and his relationship with Claire is more than uncertain, but at least he can relax in the comfort of his home. And now that local businesses are starting to open their doors again, everything can go back to normal. But when Thumps unintentionally discovers a body at the bottom of a treacherous canyon, he becomes entangled once again in an inexplicable mystery. As more puzzling details come to the surface, Thumps begins to question whom he can truly trust--especially when an unexpected visitor walks back into his life. In the follow-up to Obsidian, a Globe and Mail Favourite of 2020, Thumps DreadfulWater returns with wit and wry humour to solve a mystery that only Thomas King could create."--Jacket flap.

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Dempsey Bob : in his own voice

Dempsey Bob : in his own voice

Bob, Dempsey, 1948- author
2022

Based on the first full-scale solo museum exhibition and drawing from extensive interviews with the artist, this book presents the story of Dempsey Bob's life told his own way, including extensive and intimate reflections on the creation of particular works. Gorgeous photographs of the artworks, which are drawn from key private and public collections in Canada, the US and beyond, are supplemented with material from his sketchbooks to create a vivid portrait of the creative process.

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Di-bayn-di-zi-win : to own ourselves : embodying Ojibway-Anishinabe ways

Di-bayn-di-zi-win : to own ourselves : embodying Ojibway-Anishinabe ways

Fontaine, Jerry, 1955- author
2022

A collaboration exploring the importance of the Ojibway-Anishinabe worldview, use of ceremony, and language in living a good life, attaining true reconciliation, and resisting the notions of indigenization and colonialization inherent in Western institutions. Indigenization within the academy and the idea of truth and reconciliation within Canada have been seen as the remedy to correct the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian society. While honourable, these actions are difficult to achieve given the Western nature of institutions in Canada and the collective memory of its citizens, and the burden of proof has always been the responsibility of Anishinabeg. Authors Makwa Ogimaa (Jerry Fontaine) and Ka-pi-ta-aht (Don McCaskill) tell their di-bah-ji-mo-wi-nan (Stories of personal experience) to provide insight into the cultural, political, social, and academic events of the past fifty years of Ojibway-Anishinabe resistance in Canada.

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Fevered star

Fevered star

Roanhorse, Rebecca, author.
2022

The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God's eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent. As sea captain Xiala is swept up in the chaos and currents of change, she finds an unexpected ally in the former Priest of Knives. For the Clan Matriarchs of Tova, tense alliances form as far-flung enemies gather and the war in the heavens is reflected upon the earth. And for Serapio and Naranpa, both now living avatars, the struggle for free will and personhood in the face of destiny rages. How will Serapio stay human when he is steeped in prophecy and surrounded by those who desire only his power? Is there a future for Naranpa in a transformed Tova without her total destruction?

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Five little Indians

Five little Indians

Good, Michelle, author
2020

Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention. Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn't want them. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission. With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.

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Half-Bads in White Regalia : A Memoir.

Half-Bads in White Regalia : A Memoir.

Caetano, Cody.
2022

The Caetanos move into a doomed house in the highway village of Happyland before an inevitable divorce pulls Cody's parents in separate directions. His mom, having discovered her Anishinaabe birth family and Sixties Scoop origin story, embarks on a series of fraught relationships and fresh starts. His dad, a Portuguese immigrant and drifter, falls back into "big do, little think" behaviour. Capturing the chaos and wonder of a precarious childhood, Cody Caetano delivers a fever dream coming-of-age that unspools a tangled family history with warmth, humour, and deep generosity. Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 10,000.

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The Life and Legacy of Muriel Stanley Venne : A Métis Matriarch.

The Life and Legacy of Muriel Stanley Venne : A Métis Matriarch.

Mowat, Christine.
2022

The inspiring biography of Muriel Stanley Venne, a lifelong activist, community leader, and tireless advocate for Indigenous and women's rights, set within the context of landmark legislative and national movements towards truth and reconciliation over the past three decades. Written over the course of four years of interviews and research, this is the first authorized biography of this remarkable Métis matriarch and community leader. This book places Venne's life in the context of these issues, and highlights recent groundbreaking legislation that her work has contributed to. Residence: Edmonton, AB.

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Life in the city of dirty water : a memoir of healing

Life in the city of dirty water : a memoir of healing

Thomas-Müller, Clayton, author
2021

There have been many Clayton Thomas-Müllers: The child who played with toy planes as an escape from domestic and sexual abuse, enduring the intergenerational trauma of Canada's residential school system; the angry youngster who defended himself with fists and sharp wit against racism and violence, at school and on the streets of Winnipeg and small-town British Columbia; the tough teenager who, at 17, managed a drug house run by members of his family, and slipped in and out of juvie, operating in a world of violence and pain. But behind them all, there was another Clayton: the one who remained immersed in Cree spirituality, and who embraced the rituals and ways of thinking vital to his heritage; the one who reconnected with the land during summer visits to his great-grandparents' trapline in his home territory of Pukatawagan in northern Manitoba. And it's this version of Clayton that ultimately triumphed, finding healing by directly facing the trauma that he shares with Indigenous peoples around the world. Now a leading organizer and activist on the frontlines of environmental resistance, Clayton brings his warrior spirit to the fight against the ongoing assault on Indigenous peoples' lands by Big Oil.

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Making Love with the Land

Making Love with the Land

Whitehead, Joshua
2022


Manikanetish

Manikanetish

Fontaine, Naomi, 1987- author.
2021

"In Naomi Fontaine's Governor General's Literary Award finalist, a young teacher's return to her remote Innu community transforms the lives of her students through the redemptive power of art, reminding us of the importance of hope in the face of despair. After fifteen years of exile, Yammie, a young Innu woman, returns to her home in the Uashat nation on Quebec's North Shore. She has come back to teach language and drama at the community's school, but finds a community stalked by despair. Yammie will do anything to rescue her students. When she accepts a position directing the end-of-year play, she sees an opportunity for the youth to take charge of themselves. In writing both spare and polyphonic, Naomi Fontaine honestly portrays a year of Yammie's teaching and of the lives of her students, dislocated, abandoned, and ultimately, possibly, triumphant."-- Provided by publisher.

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Mink Returns to Tkaronto : A Novel.

Mink Returns to Tkaronto : A Novel.

Maracle, Lee.
2022

At the core of this novel, Lee Maracle's last, is the question "Do the dead regret dying after they reach the after world?" Mink wonders this as he regrets dying. He does not want to leave earth with regrets, but he is so young when he dies again, after returning to earth with his ancestors' permission. This time, however, he has seen Tkaronto, the city where his father lived, and he has seen and experienced first-hand the deep forests and bubbling rivers in the physical world he missed out on in his previous life. Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C.

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My privilege, my responsibility : a memoir

My privilege, my responsibility : a memoir

North, Sheila, author
2021

In September 2015, Sheila North was declared the Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the first woman elected to the position. North's work in advocacy journalism, communications, and economic development harnessed her passion for drawing focus to systemic racism faced by Indigenous women and girls. In her memoir, Sheila North shares the stories of the events that shaped her, and the violence that nearly stood in the way of her achieving her dreams. Through perseverance and resilience, she not only survived, she flourished.

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Namwayut - We Are All One : A Journey to Reconciliation.

Namwayut - We Are All One : A Journey to Reconciliation.

Joseph, Chief Robert.
2022

Drawing from the lessons that he has learned along his pathway from residential school to the leader of Reconciliation Canada, Chief Robert Joseph provides a map for collective change and transformation. As we learn about honour and respect the truth of stories told by those who have experienced pain, and who are grieving intergenerational trauma, we can discover how to dismantle the walls of discrimination, hatred, and racism in our society. A Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, his wisdom is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing, while making space for us all. Residence: Qualicum Beach, B.C. Print run 100,000.

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Our Voice of Fire : A Story of Survival and Pursuit for Justice.

Our Voice of Fire : A Story of Survival and Pursuit for Justice.

Morin, Brandi.
2022

Brandi Morin is known for her clear-eyed and empathetic reporting on Indigenous oppression in North America. She is also a survivor of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis and uses her experience to tell the stories of those who did not survive the rampant violence. From her time as a foster kid and runaway who fell victim to predatory men and an oppressive system to her career as an internationally acclaimed journalist, Morin chronicles her journey to overcome enormous adversity and find her purpose, and her power, through journalism. Residence: Stony Plain, AB.

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The Peacekeeper : A Novel.

The Peacekeeper : A Novel.

Blanchard, B.L.
2022

North America was never colonized. The United States and Canada don't exist. The Great Lakes are surrounded by an independent Ojibwe nation. And in the village of Baawitigong, a Peacekeeper confronts his devastating past. Twenty years ago to the day, Chibenashi's mother was murdered and his father confessed. Now, on the same night of the Manoomin harvest, another woman is slain. As the questions mount, the answers will change his and his sister's lives forever. Because Chibenashi is about to discover that everything about those lives has been a lie.

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Permanent astonishment : a memoir

Permanent astonishment : a memoir

Highway, Tomson, 1951- author
2021

Tomson Highway was born in a snowbank on an island in the sub-Arctic, the 11th of 12 children in a nomadic, caribou-hunting Cree family who traversed the tundra by dogsled and lived off the land. But five of Tomson's siblings died in childhood, and Balazee and Joe Highway, who loved their surviving children profoundly, wanted their two youngest sons, Tomson and Rene, to enjoy opportunities as big as the world. And so when Tomson was six, he was flown south by float plane to attend a residential school. His memoir offers insight, both hilarious and profound, into the Cree experience of culture, conquest and survival.

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The Prairie Chicken dance tour

The Prairie Chicken dance tour

Dumont, Dawn, 1978- author
2021

The Prairie Chicken dance troupe is all set for a fifteen-day trek through Europe, performing at festivals and cultural events. But then the performers all come down with the flu. And John Greyeyes finds himself abruptly thrust into the position of leading a hastily-assembled group of replacement dancers. A group of expert dancers they are not. As the gang makes its way from one stop to another, absolutely nothing goes as planned and the tour becomes a string of madcap adventures.

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Probably Ruby : a novel

Probably Ruby : a novel

Bird-Wilson, Lisa, author
2021

When we first meet Ruby, a Métis woman in her 30s, she's a mess. She's angling to sleep with her therapist while also rekindling an old relationship with a man who was -- let's just say -- a mistake. As we will soon learn, however, Ruby's story is far broader and deeper than its rollicking, somewhat lighthearted first chapter. This is the story of a woman in search of herself, in every sense. Given up for adoption as an infant, Ruby was raised by a white couple who understand little of her Indigenous heritage. Growing up Ruby longs to know where she comes from and who her people are. This is the great mystery that hovers over her life and the book. Through a non-chronological structure, we meet the people who have shaped her life: her adoptive parents; her birth parents and grandparents; the men and women Ruby has been romantically involved with. All these characters form a kaleidoscope of stories, giving Ruby's life dignity and meaning.

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Red paint : the ancestral autobiography of a Coast Salish punk

Red paint : the ancestral autobiography of a Coast Salish punk

LaPointe, Sasha taqwšeblu, author
2022

Sasha taqʷšablu LaPointe has always longed for a sense of home. With little more to guide her than a passion for the thriving punk scene of the Pacific Northwest and a desire to live up to the responsibility of being the namesake of her beloved great-grandmother, Sasha throws herself headlong into the world, determined to build a better future for herself and her people. Sasha offers up an unblinking reckoning with personal traumas amplified by the collective historical traumas of colonialism and genocide that continue to haunt native peoples.

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Rehearsals for Living

Rehearsals for Living

Maynard, Robyn.
2022

When much of the world entered pandemic lockdown in spring 2020, Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpso began writing each other letters - a gesture sparked by friendship and solidarity. By articulating to each other Black and Indigenous perspectives on our unprecedented here and now, and the long-disavowed histories of slavery and colonization that have brought us to this moment in the first place, Maynard and Simpson create something new: a vital demand for a different way forward, and a poetic call to dream up new ways of ordering earthly life. Residence: Toronto, ON.

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So you girls remember that : Memories of a Haida elder

So you girls remember that : Memories of a Haida elder

Bellis, Gaadgas Nora, author
2022

This is an oral history of a Haida Elder, Naanii Nora, who lived from 1902 to 1997. Compiled by Jenny Nelson, this is a window into Nora's life and her family. This book also contains the larger story of Nora's times, a representation of changing political relationships between Canada and the Haida people and a personal part of the Haida tale.

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The strangers : a novel

The strangers : a novel

Vermette, Katherena, 1977- author
2021

Cedar has nearly forgotten what her family looks like. Phoenix has nearly forgotten what freedom feels like. And Elsie has nearly given up hope. Nearly. After time spent in foster homes, Cedar goes to live with her estranged father. Between flickering moments of warmth and support, the women diverge and reconnect, fighting to survive in a fractured system that pretends to offer success but expects them to fail. Facing the distinct blade of racism from those they trusted most, they urge one another to move through the darkness, all the while wondering if they'll ever emerge safely on the other side.

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