National Indigenous Peoples Day: Recognizing Indigenous Authors and their Books

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Recognizing Indigenous Authors and their Books
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As of June 2009, the month of June in Canada has been commemorated as Indigenous History Month. And since 1996, June 21st has been a day of celebrating, recognizing, and honouring Indigenous culture on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Today we are featuring books by Indigenous authors and the people behind them.

For more Indigenous reads, check out our Indigenous Litspace webpage. View books in this list

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Di-bayn-di-zi-win (To Own Ourselves)

By Jerry Fontaine & Don McCaskill

A collaboration exploring the importance of the Ojibway-Anishinabe worldview, use of ceremony, and language in living a good life, attaining true reconciliation, and resisting the notions of indigenization and colonialization inherent in Western institutions.

Indigenization ... Read more

Dipnetting with Dad

By Willie Sellars
Illustrated by Kevin Easthope

BUMP, BUMP -- SLAP, river sockeye salmon are pulled onto shore!

Set in the beautiful landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin region, Dipnetting with Dad is a delightful and colourful story of a father teaching his son the Secwepemc method of fishing known as dipnetting. Together they ... Read more

Girl running

By Diana Hope Tegenkamp

This stellar debut collection by Métis poet Diana Hope Tegenkamp takes us through many worlds and wonders. In Girl running, we find solace and outrage, grief and tenderness, bewilderment and beauty, all “entangled in hope and dreaming. ” The poet’s love of the natural ... Read more

Devil in the Woods

By D.A. Lockhart

A collection of letter and prayer poems in which an Indigenous speaker engages with non-Indigenous famous Canadians. D. A. Lockhart’s stunning and subversive fourth collection gives us the words, thoughts, and experiences of an Anishinaabe guy from Central Ontario and the ... Read more

Bear Bones & Feathers

By Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer

In this new edition of her powerful debut, Plains Cree writer and National Poet Laureate Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer reckons with personal history within cultural genocide.

Employing Indigenous spirituality, black comedy, and the memories of her own childhood as healing arts, ... Read more

Slam Coalkan

Edited by Jennifer Alicia Murrin & Renata Tupinambá

A Cross-Continental Roar!
In 2021, sixteen Indigenous spoken word artists from North and South America performed their works at the Festival of the Peripheries (FLUP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) in Toronto, Canada. This ... Read more

Those Who Know

By Dianne Meili

The elders in Those Who Know have devoted their lives to preserving the wisdom and spirituality of their ancestors. Despite insult and oppression, they have maintained sometimes forbidden practices for the betterment of not just their people, but all humankind.First published ... Read more

My Indian

By Mi'sel Joe & Sheila O'Neill






In 1822, William ... Read more

My Conversations With Canadians

By Lee Maracle

Shortlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book Award

Shortlisted for the First Nation Communities READ 2018-2019 Award

On her first book tour at the age of 26, Lee Maracle was asked a question from the audience, one she couldn't possibly answer at that moment. But she has been thinking ... Read more

From Bear Rock Mountain

By Antoine Bear Rock Mountain

In this poetic, poignant memoir, Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art school—and his path to healing.

In 1949, Antoine Mountain was born on the land near Radelie Koe, Fort Good Hope, ... Read more