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National Indigenous Peoples Day:  

About this resource list


June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. National Indigenous Peoples Day is held in celebration and recognition of the diverse and distinct cultures, heritage, and achievements of Indigenous Peoples – First Nations, Inuit, and Métis – in what is now known as Canada. 

This sampling of resources has been created in celebration of the Indigenous authors and topics featured in our library collection.

If you have suggestions for Indigenous books that are not yet part of our collection, please let us know by emailing your ideas to library@camosun.ca.


Celebrate!

Join Camosun June 21, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Sneq’wa e’lun (The Blue Heron House) at Royal Roads University for National Indigenous Peoples Day! See poster or visit the Royal Roads University NIPD website for details.

Biographies & memoirs


Indian in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power

Jody Wilson-Raybould, 2021
Call number: FC 656 W55 A3 2021

Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance

Jesse Wente, 2021
Call number: E 99 C6 W46 2021

Call Me Indian: From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL's First Treaty Indigenous Player

Fred Sasakamoose, foreword by Bryan Trottier, 2021
Call number: E 99 C88 S352 2021

A History of My Brief Body

Billy-Ray Belcourt, 2020
Call number: PS 8603 E516 H57 2020

Life in the City of Dirty Water

Clayton Thomas-Müller, 2021
Call number: GE 56 T56 A3 2021

Spílexm: A Weaving of Recovery, Resilience, and Resurgence

Nicola I. Campbell, 2021
Call number: PS 8605 A5475 Z46 2021

Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity

Darrel J. McLeod, 2021
Call number: E 99 C88 M35 2021

Gehl V Canada: Challenging Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act

Lynn Gehl, foreword by Mary Eberts
E-book and in print: E 98 W8 G44 2021

Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport

Janice Forsyth, foreword by Willie Littlechild, 2020
Call number: E 98 G2 F69 2020

NISHGA

Jordan Abel, 2020
Call number: PS 8601 B437 Z46 2020

Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory

David Robertson, 2020
Call number: PS 8585 O32115 Z46 2020

National Film Board of Canada


Film still from

Three Thousand

Written & directed by Asinnajaq, 2017
Running time: 14 minutes

Film still from Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair

Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair

Written & directed by Alanis Obomsawin, 2021
Running time: 29 minutes

Film still from Voices Across the Water

Voices Across the Water

Directed by Fritz Mueller, 2021
Running time: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Film still from

The Mountain of SGaana

Directed by Christopher Auchter; written by Christopher Auchter & Annie Reid, 2017
Running time: 10 minutes

Film still from

Inside Hothouse 12

Directed by Rose Stiffarm, 2019
Running time: 9 minutes

Film still from

Shaman

Directed & animated by Echo Henoche, 2017
Running time: 5 minutes

 

Film still from

This is Who I Am

Directed by Manuel Ibanez, 2018
Running time: 11 minutes

Film still from

Breaths

Written & directed by Nyla Innuksuk, 2016
Running time: 4 minutes

Fiction

Five Little Indians

Michelle Good, 2020

Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention. Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn't want them. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission. Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.

Hunting by Stars: A Marrow Thieves Novel

Cherie Dimaline, 2021

Years ago, when plagues and natural disasters killed millions of people, much of the world stopped dreaming. Without dreams, people are haunted, sick, mad, unable to rebuild. The government soon finds that the Indigenous people of North America have retained their dreams, an ability rumored to be housed in the very marrow of their bones. Soon, residential schools pop up – or are re-opened – across the land to bring in the dreamers and harvest their dreams. Seventeen-year-old French lost his family to these schools and has spent the years since heading north with his new found family: a group of other dreamers, who, like him, are trying to build and thrive as a community. But then French wakes up in a pitch-black room, locked in and alone for the first time in years, and he knows immediately where he is –a nd what it will take to escape. Meanwhile, out in the world, his found family searches for him and dodges new dangers – school Recruiters, a blood cult, even the land itself. When their paths finally collide, French must decide how far he is willing to go – and how many loved ones is he willing to betray – in order to survive.

Return of the Trickster

Eden Robinson, 2021

The third and final book of the brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy. Jared, now 18, wakes up in a hospital bed, feeling like hell. Some of the people he loves – the ones who are deaf to magic – assume he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety and went on a bender to end all benders. They think that's why movers found him naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat. The truth for Jared, who has spent two years running from it, is so much worse. He finally knows for sure that he will never be normal because he is the son of Wee'git, a Trickster, and a Trickster himself. Soon Jared is at the centre of an all-out war. A horrible place to be for the sweetest Trickster there's ever been, one whose first instinct is not mischief and mind games but to make the world around him a kinder, safer, place. As his cousin Kota would say, Sucks to be you, Jared.

Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, 2020

Noopiming is Anishinaabemowin for "in the bush," and the title is a response to English Canadian settler and author Susanna Moodie's 1852 memoir Roughing It in the Bush. Set in the same place as Moodie's colonial memoir, this genre-fluid novel is offered as a cure for Moodie's racist treatment of Mississauga Nishnaabeg in her writing. The giant Sabe meditates on the gifts and challenges of their recent sobriety. Migrating geese make a case for coordinated formation as a way to get out of "one's own cycling head." Racoons turn Bougie Kwe's Zen-garden pond into their personal urban spa. This is a world alive with people, animals, ancestors, and spirits who are all busy with the daily labours of healing – healing not only themselves, but their individual pieces of the network, of the web that connects them all together. This is the real world, the one where meaning accumulates through close observation and relationship. Enter and be changed.

Empire of Wild

Cherie Dimaline, 2019

Broken-hearted Joan has been searching for her husband, Victor, for almost a year. One terrible, hungover morning in a Walmart parking lot, 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. 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. With only the help of Ajean, a foul-mouthed euchre shark with a knowledge of the old ways, and her odd, Johnny-Cash-loving, 12-year-old nephew Zeus, Joan has to find a way to remind the Reverend Wolff of who he really is. If he really is Victor. Her life, and the life of everyone she loves, depends upon it.

Deep House

Thomas King, 2022

For the first time since the pandemic, Thumps DreadfulWater has finally found some peace in small-town Chinook. Sure, his beloved cat is still missing and his relationship with Claire is more than uncertain, but at least he can relax in the comfort of his home. And now that local businesses are starting to open their doors again, everything can go back to normal. But when Thumps unintentionally discovers a body at the bottom of a treacherous canyon, he becomes entangled once again in an inexplicable mystery. As more puzzling details come to the surface, Thumps begins to question whom he can truly trust – especially when an unexpected visitor walks back into his life.

Moccasin Square Gardens: Short Stories

Richard Van Camp, 2019

The characters of Moccasin Square Gardens inhabit Denendeh, the land of the people north of the sixtieth parallel. These stories are filled with in-laws, outlaws and common-laws. Get ready for illegal wrestling moves ("The Camel Clutch"), pinky promises, a doctored casino, extraterrestrials or "Sky People," love, lust and prayers for peace. While this is Van Camp's most hilarious short story collection, it's also haunted by the lurking presence of the Wheetago, human-devouring monsters of legend that have returned due to global warming and the greed of humanity. The stories in Moccasin Square Gardens show that medicine power always comes with a price. To counteract this darkness, Van Camp weaves a funny and loving portrayal of the Tłı̨chǫ Dene and other communities of the North, drawing from oral history techniques to perfectly capture the character and texture of everyday small-town life. 

Crow Winter: A Novel

Karen McBride, 2019

Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he's here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad's been dead for almost two years and she hasn't quite reconciled that grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod? Soon Hazel learns that there's more at play than just her own sadness and doubt. The quarry that's been lying unsullied for over a century on her father's property is stirring the old magic that crosses the boundaries between this world and the next. With the aid of Nanabush, Hazel must unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

Obsidian

Thomas King, 2022

Thumps DreadfulWater's world is turned upside down when Nina Maslow, the producer of a true-crime reality-TV show, turns up dead after working on a cold case that Thumps has spent years trying to forget. What's more, someone seems set on taunting Thumps, leaving reminders of the Obsidian murder case around town. Is it possible that the elusive serial killer who murdered his girlfriend and her daughter all those years ago has resurfaced in Chinook? Or is this the work of a copycat looking to mess with Thumps by stirring up memories from his past? Dragged back into a case that has haunted him for years, Thumps DreadfulWater is determined to solve the mystery of the Obsidian murders. But as he works the case, he begins to realize just how dangerous the person he is dealing with is--and that he might be the next target. Thumps DreadfulWater, the sly, wry, reluctant investigator of Cold Skies and A Matter of Malice, returns in another irresistible mystery that only Thomas King could create.

The Strangers: A Novel

Katherena Vermette, 2021

Cedar has nearly forgotten what her family looks like. Phoenix has nearly forgotten what freedom feels like. And Elsie has nearly given up hope. Nearly. As Cedar floats between foster homes, and eventually goes to live with her estranged father, she grapples with the pain of being separated from her mother, Elsie, and sister, Phoenix. These are the Strangers, each of them haunted in their own way by the death of Elsie's youngest daughter, Sparrow, a sweet, boisterous 8-year-old who died suddenly of pneumonia, leaving the family reeling from the weight of her loss. Between flickering moments of warmth and support, the women diverge and reconnect, fighting to survive in a fractured system that dares them to succeed, but expects them to fail. Facing the distinct blade of racism from those they trusted most, and a severe ignorance that surrounds them and confines their every move, they urge each other to move through the darkness, all the while wondering if they will ever emerge on the other side.