This Indigenous History Month, the BWG Library honours the memory of the victims of the Kamloops residential schools, as well as the thousands of other children who were taken from their families. We keep in our hearts and minds those who never returned and honour the families whose lives were forever changed. This month, show your support for Indigenous authors by reading the titles selected from the BWG Library’s Indigenous Reads list or check out the complete list of Indigenous Reads here.
Librarians are always looking for new titles to add to our collection and hope that you will reach out with suggestions. You can message the BWG Library through Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us grow our collection and let us know which resources you think we should share with the BWG community!
Crow Winter, by Karen McBride
Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point 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 her grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod?
I am a Damn Savage: What have you done to my country?, An Antane Kapesh
An Antane Kapesh wrote to preserve and share her culture, experience, and knowledge, which, she felt were disappearing at an alarming rate because many Elders were aged or dying. She wanted to publicly denounce the conditions in which the Innu were made to live, and the changes due to land dispossession, loss of hunting territory, police brutality, a
Empire of Wild, by Cherie Dimaline
Inspired by the legend of the Rogarou, Empire of Wild finds a woman reconnecting with her heritage when her missing husband reappears in the form of a charismatic preacher who does not recognize her.
Five Little Indians, by Michelle Good
Sent to a 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, the teens find their way to Vancouver, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn't want them.
Chasing Painted Horses, by Drew Hayden Taylor
Winner of the 2020/21 First Nations Communities Reads. Ralph Thomas is shocked when he comes across graffiti in an alley and recognizes the art. He is transported back to his childhood on the Otter Lake reserve and the drawing of a horse by an
In My Own Moccasins: A memoir of resilience, by Helen Knott
An unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the wounds brought on by sexual violence. It is also the story of sisterhood, the power of ceremony, the love of family, and the possibility of redemption.