The Grizzly Mother

To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. Together, they share the land and forests that the Skeena River runs through, as well as the sockeye salmon within it. Follow mother bear as she teaches her cubs what they need to survive on their own.

This Place

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

Red River Resistance

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.

Surviving the City

Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up Indigenous in the city. However, when Dez’s grandmother becomes too sick to care for her, the threat of a group home looms, and Dez disappears. Will Dez’s community find her before it’s too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don’t?

Monsters

A creature lurks in the shadows of Blackwood Forest, the health clinic has been locked down by a mysterious organization, and long-held secrets bubble to the surface. Can Cole learn the truth about his father's death? Why won't Choch give him a straight answer? Where the heck is Jayne? Oh, and high school sucks.

Nimoshom and His Bus

Illustrated By: Karen Hibbard

Nimoshom loved to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he had something to say. Sometimes, he told the kids silly stories. Sometimes, he taught them a new word or phrase in Cree.

Nimoshom and His Bus introduces readers to common Cree words and phrases. A glossary is included in the back of the book.

Pemmican Wars

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.

When We Were Alone

Illustrated By: Julie Flett

A young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak Cree and spend so much time with her family? As she asks questions, her grandmother shares her experiences in a residential school, when these things were taken away.

Where Did You Get Your Moccasins?

Illustrated By: Herman Bekkering

When a boy wears his new moccasins to a city school, his classmates want to know all about them. Readers will learn who Kookum is, where leather comes from, and how leather is traditionally prepared for moccasins.

Share this book with beginning readers to practise the important pre-reading concepts of rhythm and repetition.

Indigenous Writes

Through 31 essays, Chelsea Vowel, legal scholar, teacher, and intellectual, answers the questions that many people have about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. Use this book to spark further conversations at home, in the classroom, and in the larger community.

April Raintree

Powerless in a broken system, sisters April and Cheryl are separated and placed in different foster homes. Despite the distance, they remain close, even as one sister embraces her Métis identity and the other tries to leave it behind. This edition has been revised specifically for grades 9–12.

I Can't Have Bannock but the Beaver Has a Dam

Illustrated By: Herman Bekkering

This beloved Indigenous classic begins when a little boy asks, “Mom, can I have some bannock?” Despite having all the ingredients, Mom can’t make bannock.

Children will be eager to chime in as Mom answers the little boy’s questions about the power outage in their community and how it impacts his family. Includes a bannock recipe!

Betty

Helen Betty Osborne, known as Betty to her friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She moved to The Pas, Manitoba, to attend high school. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today. This is her story.