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Canadian Indigenous Books

2021–22 offers more amazing texts produced by publishers across Canada. The stories, songs, images, and ideas of the new and familiar authors of the books listed in this catalogue will inspire and motivate readers. Each book has been thoughtfully reviewed by one or more BC educators in terms of connection to K–12 curriculum, appropriateness of reading level, and suitability of content for the K–12 classroom.

This catalogue is designated as a space for Indigenous voices. It is time for all texts that speak about Indigenous Peoples, issues, traditions, and experiences to be written by or in complete partnership with the Indigenous individuals or nations that are discussed. We as Indigenous Peoples are the experts of our own lives and should be the ones writing, not being included as side notes or as superficial collaborators. This catalogue creates space through its evaluation and editing process. All the evaluators who worked on the annotations in this catalogue identify as Indigenous.

We as educators demand publishers seek out and support those authors who speak their own experiences, identity, and background, without qualifying those expressions. The more we hold space to lift up marginalized voices to speak, the richer our world becomes. This also increases the chances of our youth getting access to books that they may connect with on a new level, and that can expand their horizons.

I know that despite all the changes that the pandemic has created in our schools and libraries, teachers and librarians are able to continue to guide and invigorate readers who come seeking out inspirational authors and words of knowledge. We acknowledge the increased difficulty you have worked in over the last year and a half and we thank you for all the work you do.

— Jackie Lever, BC certified teacher and ABPBC catalogue consultant

Humane

by (author) Anna Marie Sewell

Hunter with Harpoon

by (author) Markoosie Patsauq
translated by Valerie Henitiuk & Marc-Antoine Mahieu

I Am Loved

by (author) Kevin Qamaniq-Mason & Mary Qamaniq-Mason
illustrated by Hwei Lim

I Am a Damn Savage; What Have You Done to My Country? / Eukuan nin matshi-manitu innushkueu; Tanite nene etutamin nitassi?

by (author) An Antane Kapesh
translated by Sarah Henzi

IKWE

Honouring Women, Life Givers, and Water Protectors

by (author) Jackie Traverse

Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay

by (author) Shane L. Koyczan
by (artist) Kent Monkman
photographs by Nadya Kwandibens
illustrated by Joseph M. Sánchez & Jim Logan

Intimate Integration

A History of the Sixties Scoop and the Colonization of Indigenous Kinship

by (author) Allyson Stevenson

Ispík kákí péyakoyak/When We Were Alone

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Alderick Leask

It’s a Mitig!

by (author) Bridget George

Journal of a Travelling Girl

by (author) Nadine Neema
illustrated by Archie Beaverho
foreword by Joseph Judas

Journeyman

The Story of NHL Right Winger Jamie Leach

by (author) Anna Rosner
foreword by Reggie Leach

Kits, Cubs, and Calves

An Arctic Summer

by (author) Suzie Napayok-Short
illustrated by Tamara Campeau

Land-Water-Sky / Ndè-Tı-Yat’a

by (author) Katłıà

Literatures, Communities, and Learning

Conversations with Indigenous Writers

by (author) Aubrey Jean Hanson

Little Wolf

by (author) Teoni Spathelfer
illustrated by Natassia Davies

Little You / Gidagaashiinh

by (author) Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Angela Mesic & Margaret Noodin

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