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Lindberg, Tracey, 1967- author.
A darkly comedic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from the wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions.
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Vermette, Katherena, 1977- author.
In the wake of a tragic incident, a Métis community in Winnipeg's North End is forever connected. 2016 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize finalist.
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Wagamese, Richard, author.
In this carefully curated selection of everyday reflections, Richard Wagamese finds lessons in both the mundane and sublime. Readers will find hard-won and concrete wisdom on how to feel the joy in the everyday things.
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A collection of fifteen true stories of real reconciliation by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.
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Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, author.
A concise look at the essential history and legacy of residential schools in Canada, based on information gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
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Maracle, Lee, author.
From her Coast Salish perspective, Lee Maracle shares her knowledge of Sto: lo history, memory, philosophy, law, spirituality, feminism and the colonial condition of her people.
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Van Camp, Richard.
A collection of short stories that continues to explore the incredible lives of Indigenous characters introduced in Richard Van Camp's previous works.
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Benaway, Gwen, author.
A poetic voyage through divorce, family violence, legacy of colonization and the affirmation of anew sexuality and gender.
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Kinew, Wab, 1981- author.
A moving story of father-son reconciliation by Indigenous broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew, chronicling painful moments in the past and celebrating renewed hopes and dreams for the future.
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Robinson, Eden, author.
Everyday teen existence meets indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics and cannibalistic river otter. This is the first novel in this exciting new trilogy.
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Walter, Emmanuelle, 1969-
Since 1980, over 1200 Indigenous women in Canada have been murdered or gone missing. Emmanuelle Walter presents us with a national tragedy and the systemic failure of law enforcement and governments in addressing this national issue.
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Taylor, Drew Hayden, 1962- author.
Drawing inspiration from science fiction legends, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropics in an Indigenous perspective.
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Paquette, Aaron, 1974- author.
Two siblings are unwittingly thrust into a millennia old struggle for the future of life on earth.
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An anthology of science fiction and urban fantasy stories starring First Nations and Metis characters with an LGBTQ and two-spirit theme.
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Dimaline, Cherie, 1975- author.
The world has lost the ability to dream and the cure lies in the bone marrow of North America's Indigenous people. A fifteen year old struggles for survival as he avoids "recruiters" who seek to kidnap him to the marrow-stealing "factories."
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Florence, Melanie, author.
A fictional thriller set in Winnipeg that explores one teenager's response to a system that has long denied and misrepresented the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
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Florence, Melanie, author.
Alone and penniless on the streets of Toronto, Joe comes to identify with the Indigenous idea of having two-spirits. Joe's experiences speak to the complex realities faced by young LGBTQ and Indigenous youth today.
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Dupuis, Jenny Kay, author.
The true story of a young First Nations girl sent to residential school, who tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite the efforts of the nuns forcing her to do otherwise.
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Highway, Tomson, 1951- composer, lyricist.
The story of Mary Jane Mosquito, the only female mosquito, in the history of the world, to be born without wings. Text in English, Cree and French.
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Currie, Susan, 1967- author.
When Cass' estranged grandmother unexpectedly leaves her house and savings to Cass and her mom it is just the thing they need to change their lives.
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Florence, Melanie, author.
A story of love, loss and acceptance, showing the human side of a national tragedy.
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Gray Smith, Monique, 1968- author.
The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? A reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
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Alexie, Sherman, 1966- author.
Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name. One that he doesn't have to share with his dad. A name that's all his own and reflects who he is.
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Van Camp, Richard.
A celebration of the bond between parent and child, gentle rhyming text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world.
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Downie, Gordon, 1964-2017 composer, performer.
A concept album that tells the story of Chanie Wenjack who died 50 years ago trying to escape residential while trying to find his way back to his community.
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When an Indigenous gang leader is sentenced to prison for the fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community.
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Robertson, Robbie, composer, performer.
Highlights from Robbie Robertson's musical career including his time in the Band and the Hawks. Serves as a companion piece to his autobiography of the same title.
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Tribe Called Red (Musical group), composer, performer.
ATCR's third album continues to promote Indigenous activism and awareness through traditional music mixed with modern sounds.