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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

Louis Riel Day

The Fur Trade Project

by (author) Deborah L. Delaronde
illustrated by Sheldon Dawson

Love after the End

An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction

edited by Joshua Whitehead

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know

Niibing, dgwaagig, bboong, mnookmig dbaadjigaade maanpii mzin’igning / A Book about the Seasons

by (author) Brittany Luby
illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
translated by Alvin Ted Corbiere & Alan Corbiere

My Heart Fills With Happiness / Nijiikendam

by (author) Monique Gray Smith
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Angela Mesic & Margaret Noodin

My Indian

by (author) Mi'sel Joe & Sheila O'Neill

Métis Camp Circle

A Bison Culture Way of Life

illustrated by Leah Dorion
translated by Norman Fleury

Nibi Emosaawdang / The Water Walker

by (author) Joanne Robertson
translated by Shirley Williams & Isadore Toulouse

Nibi is Water

by (author) Joanne Robertson

Northern Wildflower

by (author) Catherine Lafferty
foreword by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
with Katłıà

Orange Shirt Day

by (author) Orange Shirt Society
edited by Phyllis Webstad & Joan Sorley

Road Allowance Era

by (author) Katherena Vermette
illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk

Road Allowance Kitten: Broken Promises

by (author) Wilfred Burton
illustrated by Christina Johns
translated by Norman Fleury

Road to La Prairie Ronde

by (author) Cort Dogniez
illustrated by Jade McDougall


by (author) Tara Gereaux

Sharing Our Truths/Tapwe

by (author) Henry Beaver & Mindy Willett
with Eileen Beaver
photographs by Tessa Macintosh

Spirit of the Grassroots People

Seeking Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada's Colonial Education System

by (author) Raymond Mason
edited by Jackson Pind & Theodore Michael Christou

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