January 31, 2024
Dawn Sii-yaa-ilth-supt Smith Shares Her Experiences and the Truth About Residential Schools in a New Children's Book
When Nuu-chah-nulth author Dawn Sii-yaa-ilth-supt Smith was approached by publishers to write a children's book about truth and reconciliation, she jumped at the opportunity to inform growing minds ...
August 03, 2023
Read an Excerpt from Michel Jean's Kukum, a Fictionalized History of His Innu Great-Grandparents' Extraordinary Love Story
Almanda Siméon, an orphan raised by her aunt and uncle in the tiny Quebec community of Saint-Prime, changes her life when she falls in love.Thomas a young Innu man, and both his and Almanda's families ...
May 24, 2023
SJ Okemow on Her Heartwarming Debut Picture Book's Unconventional Path to Publication
The humble dandelion rarely gets much love, often cited as a nuisance weed that spreads easily and takes over. But the hardy little plant has many lessons to teach us, and in SJ Okemow's Âmî Osâwâpikones (Annick ...
February 16, 2023
Mudlarking, Unexpected TV Appearances, & More: Getting to Know Children's Writer Nancy Cooper
Meeting new people isn't easy. For Amik the beaver, the character at the heart of Nancy Cooper's picture book Biindigen! Amik Says Welcome (Owlkids Books, illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley) ...
November 07, 2022
"I Had Never Heard His Voice, and Yet I Knew it Right Away" Read an Excerpt from Silence to Strength: Writings and Reflections on the Sixties Scoop
For any parent, the idea of having a child removed from you without your consent is the stuff of nightmares. But for many Indigenous families, that nightmare became a reality in communities across Canada. ...
October 12, 2022
Read an Excerpt from Ojibwe storyteller Bomgiizhik Isaac Murdoch's Collection, Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings
Ojibwe storyteller Bomgiizhik Isaac Murdoch's Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings (Kegedonce Press) is the second in Kegedonce Press's Ojibwe History Series, following The Trail of Nenaboozhoo and ...
May 19, 2022
Frances Koncan on How Playwrighting Gets Her "Closest to the Truth"
Frances Koncan's play, Women of the Fur Trade (Playwrights Canada Press) is the antidote to dull historical renditions of early Canada. Set in "eighteen hundred and something something", it follows three ...
May 04, 2022
Darcy Whitecrow & Heather M. O’Connor on Partnering to Tell a Story About the Unique & Endangered Ojibwe Horse Breed
The Ojibwe Horse was a unique type of wild horse, bred and cherished by the people they are named for. For centuries, Ojibwe people husbanded the horses, living and working together with them, until ...
January 27, 2022
Sharon King on How Her Beautiful New Picture Book Can Support Learners of the Ojibwe Language
Sharon King's Amik (Kegedonce Press) is a gentle and welcoming journey into the natural world. Amik means beaver in the Ojibwe language, and each page features Anishinaabemowin and English words to tell ...
January 19, 2022
"Where is Home?” Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith Processes the Trauma of the Sixties Scoop in Her Courageous, Powerful Memoir
It is impossible to calculate the trauma created by the so-called Sixties Scoop, which saw the large-scale, forcible removal of Indigenous children from their homes, families, and communities, often adopted ...