katherena vermette (she/her/hers) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 2013, her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Since then, her work has garnered awards and critical accolades across genres. Her novels The Break (House of Anansi) and The Strangers (Hamish Hamilton) were both national best sellers and won multiple literary awards.
She is the author of numerous other bestselling titles, including the A Girl Called Echo series (HighWater Press) and the Seven Teachings Stories series (HighWater Press).
Books by Katherena Vermette
Métis teenager Echo Desjardins is adjusting to a new school and a new home when she is pulled into a time-travelling adventure. Follow Echo as she experiences pivotal events from Métis history and imagines what the future might hold. This omnibus edition includes all four volumes in Katherena Vermette’s A Girl Called Echo series.
Amik loves going to school, but when he shares this with his grandfather, he finds out Moshoom attended residential school. It sounds very different from Amik's school, so Amik has an idea…
A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.
In this moving story, two young sisters are placed in different foster homes. Despite the distance, they remain close, even as their decisions threaten to divide them. As one sister embraces her Métis identity, the other tries to leave it behind. This anniversary edition features a new foreword and an essay on the child welfare system.
An Anishinaabe girl asks the wisest people she knows what respect means. Through their responses, Kode learns about the many ways we show respect for other people, for the environment, and for ourselves. A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.
When Misaabe’s stories go too far, he must learn how to be honest and authentic with his friends.
An Anishinaabe child shares his talent for storytelling and learns to embrace his insecurities in this relatable story. A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.
An ordinary day in Mr. Bee’s history class turns extraordinary, when Echo finds herself transported to another time and place—a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie. Join Echo as she visits a Métis camp, travels the old fur-trade routes, and experiences the perilous and bygone era of the Pemmican Wars.
First appearing on billboards, in storefronts, in bus shelters, and projected onto Winnipeg’s downtown buildings, KC Adams’s Perception photo series is now available in book form. Her stunning photographs confront common stereotypes about First Nation, Inuit and Métis people to illustrate a more contemporary, truthful story.
One afternoon in class, Echo is transported to the banks of the Red River in 1869. Canadian surveyors have arrived to change the face of territory, and Métis families, who have lived there for generations, are losing access to their land. As the Resistance takes hold, Echo fears for the future of her people in the Red River Valley.
Echo travels back to 1885, where her family's plight is apparent. Burnt out of their home, they make their way to Rooster Town, a shanty community on the edge of Winnipeg. In this final volume, Echo is reminded of her people's strength and resilience, forged through the pain of the past, as she faces a triumphant future.
Ma’iingan loves to sing and her family loves to hear her beautiful voice. Her little sister wants to sing just like her. As rivalry erupts between the siblings, can Ma’iingan find the humility to share her talent with her sister? A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.
Written by Indigenous educator and author Katherena Vermette, this guide for preschool to kindergarten teachers provides engaging activities and ideas for discussion based on each illustration in Powwow Counting in Cree.
Makwa’s family just moved to the city, and it’s his first day at a new school. He doesn’t know anybody, he doesn’t have any friends, and everything is so new and scary. Can Makwa find the courage to overcome his fears and enjoy his first day? A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.
Migizi loves Gookom so much. He wants to give her a gift to cheer her up while she is in the hospital, but none of his ideas are quite right. In this touching story, a young boy tries to find the perfect gift to show his grandmother how much he cares. A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.
When her class learns about the teaching Truth, Miskwaadesi doesn’t understand and asks her teacher for help. In this thoughtful story, an Anishinaabe girl explores the meaning of Truth and what she knows is true about the world she lives in. A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.