New Indigenous Books
List of Indigenous books the Rotary Club of Jasper and Friends of Jasper National Park donated to the library in June 2023
Empire of wild
Dimaline, Cherie, 1975- author
Broken-hearted Joan has been searching for her husband, Victor, for almost a year--ever since he went missing on the night they had their first serious argument. One terrible, hungover morning in a Walmart parking lot in a little town near Georgian Bay, she is drawn to a revival tent where the local Métis have been flocking to hear a charismatic preacher named Eugene Wolff. By the time she staggers into the tent, the service is over. But as she is about to leave, she hears an unmistakable voice. She turns, and there Victor is. The same face, the same eyes, the same hands. But his hair is short and he's wearing a suit and he doesn't recognize her at all. No, he insists, she's the one suffering a delusion: he's the Reverend Wolff and his only mission is to bring his people to Jesus. Except that, as Joan soon discovers, that's not all the enigmatic Wolff is doing.
Glorious frazzled beings
Lalonde, Angélique, author.
Home is where we love, suffer, and learn. Some homes we chose, others are inflicted upon us, and still others are bodies we are born into. In this astounding collection of stories, human and more-than-human worlds come together in places we call home. A startling and beguiling story collection, Glorious Frazzled Beings is a love song to the homes we make, keep, and break.
Groundswell : indigenous knowledge and a call to action for climate change
Indigenous wisdom and a moral revolution can be instrumental in saving the planet as we know it. Addressing the human condition and providing new, yet ancient wisdom that can challenge us to consider a gifting economy, provide insights into sustainable agriculture, define parallel paths and give direction on how we can change. Authors tap into religious and spiritual perspectives, explore the wisdom of youth, and share the insights of a nature based philosophy. These collective writings give you a chance to contemplate and formulate your own direction.
Le caillou de Trudy
Spiller, Trudy, author.
Lorsqu'une jeune fille de la nation gitxsane se dispute avec son frère, elle se souvient des enseignements de sa grand-mère et partit à la recherche d'une pierre avec laquelle partager ses sentiments. L'histoire captivante de cette Première nation enseigne aux enfants qu'il est normal d'avoir des sentiments et leur explique comment traiter et libérer les pensées négatives.
Le cercle de partage
Larsen-Jonasson, Theresa, auteur
Quand deux renardes rousses ont une dispute qui divise leur communauté, une gentille bisonne apporte une tresse d'herbe sacrée à une sage locale et lui demande de les aider en présidant un Cercle de Partage avec tous les animaux.
Me tomorrow : Indigenous views on the future
First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists, activists, educators and writers, youth and elders come together to envision Indigenous futures in Canada and around the world. This collection is a powerful and important expression of imagination rooted in social critique, cultural experience, traditional knowledge, activism and the multifaceted experiences of Indigenous people on Turtle Island.
The Northwest is our mother : the story of Louis Riel's people, the Métis nation
Teillet, Jean, author 1953-
There is a missing chapter in the narrative of Canada's Indigenous peoples—the story of the Métis Nation, a new Indigenous people descended from both First Nations and Europeans. Their story begins in the last decade of the eighteenth century in the Canadian North-West. Within twenty years the Métis proclaimed themselves a nation and won their first battle. Within forty years they were famous throughout North America for their military skills, their nomadic life and their buffalo hunts. The Métis Nation didn't just drift slowly into the Canadian consciousness in the early 1800s; it burst onto the scene fully formed.
The orange shirt story
Webstad, Phyllis, author
"When Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) turned six, she went to the residential school for the first time. On her first day at school, she wore a shiny orange shirt that her Granny had bought for her, but when she got to the school, it was taken away from her and never returned. This is the true story of Phyllis and her orange shirt. It is also the story of Orange Shirt Day (an important day of remembrance for First Nations and non First Nations Canadians)."--publisher's website.
Rez rules : my indictment of Canada's and America's systemic racism against Indigenous peoples
Louie, Clarence, Chief, author
The right to be cold : one woman's story of protecting her culture, the Arctic, and the whole planet
Watt-Cloutier, Sheila, author
The Right to Be Cold is a human story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec—where she was raised by a single parent and grandmother and travelled by dog team in a traditional, ice-based Inuit hunting culture—to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world. The Right to Be Cold explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture—and ultimately the world—in the face of past, present, and future environmental degradation.
Trudy's rock story
Spiller, Trudy, author
When a young girl from the Gitxsan Nation argues with her brother, she remembers the teachings of her grandmother and goes in search of a stone to share her feelings with.
True reconciliation : how to be a force for change
Wilson-Raybould, Jody, 1971-, author
There is one question Canadians have asked Jody Wilson-Raybould more than any other: What can I do to help advance reconciliation? TRUE RECONCILIATION is broken down into three core practices - Learn, Understand, and Act - that can be applied by individuals, communities, organizations, and governments. They are based on the historical and contemporary experience of Indigenous peoples in their relentless efforts to effect transformative change and decolonization; and deep understanding and expertise about what has been effective in the past, what we are doing right, and wrong, today, and what our collective future requires. True Reconciliation, ultimately, is about building transformed patterns of just and harmonious relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples at all levels of society.
When Two Feathers fell from the sky
Verble, Margaret, author
Louise Erdrich meets Karen Russell in this deliciously strange and daringly original novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble: set in 1926 Nashville, it follows a death-defying young Cherokee horse-diver who, with her companions from the Glendale Park Zoo, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries.
Wild bird : a novel
Baugh, Leanne, 1959- author
"Kate Harding at 16 rebels against the social norms of the remote colonial town of Victoria in 1861. Here, Indigenous people are regarded as fodder for the small pox epidemic, and Kate's hope of practicing medicine is disparaged. But she is determined and eventually wins out."-- Provided by publisher.