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Sugar Falls

A Residential School Story

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk, foreword by Senator Murray Sinclair, afterword by Betty Ross
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism, historical, canada

A young girl struggles to survive residential school in this timeless graphic novel from the bestselling author of The Barren Grounds—a story of strength, family, and culture, inspired by true events, that shares the awe-inspiring resilience of Betty Ross.

Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years l …

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Road Allowance Era

by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, coming of age, prejudice & racism, action & adventure, canada, girls & women, orphans & foster homes

In Road Allowance Era, Echo’s story picks up again when she travels back in time to 1885.

The Manitoba Act’s promise of land for the Métis has gone unfulfilled, and many Métis flee to the Northwest. As part of the fallout from the Northwest Resistance, their advocate and champion Louis Riel is executed. As new legislation corrodes Métis land …

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Jaysen's Story

by Jaysen Flett-Paul, illustrated by Chloe "Bluebrird" Mustooche
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, suicide, cultural heritage

Fourteen-year-old Jaysen Flett-Paul's true story of how Elders guided him through his first Sundance ceremony to heal the anger and grief stemming from his mother’s violent murder. It sensitively tackles the heart-breaking problem of suicide in Indigenous communities, an issue of great importance to this community and for communities across North …

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Sunflower's Story

by Sunflower Paul, illustrated by Chloe "Bluebrird" Mustooche
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, blended families, cultural heritage

A personal account of a young Indigenous girl who experiences intolerance, a sense of not belonging and family struggles. She learns from her grandfather the traditional ways of ceremony and fasting to go beyond the needs of the body to where she begins to know her higher self.

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The Gift Is in the Making

Anishinaabeg Stories

read by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson & Tiffany Ayalik
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under social themes), values & virtues

 

The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland …

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La promesse du bout du monde

by Danielle Marcotte, illustrated by Stéphanie Bourgeois
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867), prejudice & racism, native canadian, emigration & immigration

Summer 1786. Two fifteen year-old orphan boys have embarked on a ship in Southhampton, Britain, that's heading for the North-East of the Pacific Ocean. Alexis is of Acadian descent and is looking for his scattered family while his friend Hugh dreams of a better life. But once they arrive on the North American continent, a young starving cougar will …

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If I Go Missing

by Jonnie, Brianna, with Nahanni Shingoose, illustrated by Shannacappo, Neal
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 4
tagged: social topics, canada, aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism

Combining graphic fiction and non-fiction, this young adult graphic novel serves as a window into one of the unique dangers of being an Indigenous teen in Canada today.

The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by fourteen-year-old Brianna Jonnie — a letter that went viral and was also the ba …

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Strangers

by David A. Robertson, narrator Malcolm Sparrow-Crawford
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: paranormal, occult & supernatural, aboriginal & indigenous, mental illness

 

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 re-emerging 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 f …

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Monsters

by David A. Robertson, narrator Malcolm Sparrow-Crawford
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: paranormal, occult & supernatural, aboriginal & indigenous, mental illness

 

Cole Harper is struggling to settle into life in Wounded Sky First Nation. He may have stopped a serial killer but the trouble is far from over. A creature lurks in the shadows of Blackwood Forest, the health clinic is on lockdown by a mysterious organization, and long-held secrets threaten to bubble to the surface. Can Cole learn the truth about …

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Ghosts

by David A. Robertson, narrator Malcolm Sparrow-Crawford
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: paranormal, occult & supernatural, aboriginal & indigenous, mental illness

 

Mysterious murders, shadowy figures, and high school. Life can be hard, death can be harder. Cole Harper is dead. Reynold McCabe is alive and free. Mihko Laboratories has reopened the research facility and works to manufacture and weaponize the illness that previously plagued Wounded Sky. People are missing. The community has been quarantined. Wha …