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The all + flesh : poems

The all + flesh : poems

Bird, Brandi.
2023

"Brandi Bird's long-anticipated debut poetry collection, The All + Flesh, explores the concepts of health, language, place, and memory that connect its author to their chosen kin, blood relatives, and ancestral lands. By examining kinship in broader contexts, these frank, transcendent poems expose binaries that exist inside those relationships, then inspect and tease them apart in the hope of moving toward decolonial future(s). Bird's work is highly concerned with how outer and inner landscapes move and change within the confines of the English language, particularly the "I" of the self, a tradition of movement that has been lost for many who don't speak their Indigenous languages or live on their homelands. By exploring the landscapes the poet does inhabit, both internally and externally, Bird's poems seek to delve into and reflect their cultural lineages--specifically Saulteaux, Cree, and Métis--and how these transformative identities shape the person they are today."-- Provided by publisher.

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The circle

The circle

Vermette, Katherena, 1977- author
2023

The day that Cedar Sage Stranger has been both dreading and longing for has finally come: her sister Phoenix is getting out of prison. The effect of Phoenix's release cascades through the community. Amid accusations and plots for revenge, past grievances become a poor guide in a moment of danger, and the clumsy armature of law enforcement is no match for the community. Cedar and her mother continue down different paths of healing, while everyone in their lives form a circle around the chaos, the calm within the storm, and the beauty in the darkness.

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Coexistence : stories

Coexistence : stories

Belcourt, Billy-Ray, author
2024

This is a collection of intersecting stories about Indigenous love and loneliness. Across the prairies and Canada's west coast, on reserves and university campuses, at literary festivals and existential crossroads, the characters in "Coexistence" are searching for connection. They're learning to live with and understand one another, to see beauty and terror side by side, and to accept that the past, present, and future can inhabit a single moment.

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Kinauvit? : what's your name? : the Eskimo disc system and a daughter's search for her grandmother

Kinauvit? : what's your name? : the Eskimo disc system and a daughter's search for her grandmother

Dunning, Norma, author
2022

In 2001, Dr. Norma Dunning applied to the Nunavut Beneficiary program, requesting enrolment to legally solidify her existence as an Inuk woman. But in the process, she was faced with a question she could not answer, tied to a colonial institution retired decades ago: "What was your disc number?" Still haunted by this question years later, Dunning took it upon herself to reach out to Inuit community members who experienced the Eskimo Identification Tag System first-hand, providing vital perspective and nuance to the scant records available on the subject. Written with incisive detail and passion, Dunning provides readers with a comprehensive look into a bureaucracy sustained by the Canadian government for over thirty years, neglected by history books but with lasting echoes revealed in Dunning's intimate interviews with affected community members. Not one government has taken responsibility or apologized for the E-number system to date -- a symbol of the blatant dehumanizing treatment of the smallest Indigenous population in Canada.

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Making love with the land : essays

Making love with the land : essays

Whitehead, Joshua (Writer), author
2022

In the last few years, following the publication of his debut novel Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead has emerged as one of the most exciting and important new voices on Turtle Island. Now, in this first non-fiction work, Whitehead brilliantly explores Indigeneity, queerness, and the relationships between body, language and land through a variety of genres (essay, memoir, notes, confession). Making Love with the Land is a startling, heartwrenching look at what it means to live as a queer Indigenous person "in the rupture" between identities. In sharp, surprising, unique pieces--a number of which have already won awards--Whitehead illuminates this particular moment, in which both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are navigating new (and old) ideas about "the land." He asks: What is our relationship and responsibility towards it? And how has the land shaped our ideas, our histories, our very bodies? Here is an intellectually thrilling, emotionally captivating love song--a powerful revelation about the library of stories land and body hold together, waiting to be unearthed and summoned into word.

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Medicine wheel for the planet : a journey toward personal and ecological healing

Medicine wheel for the planet : a journey toward personal and ecological healing

Grenz, Jennifer, author
2024

Restoration ecology is grounded in an idea that we must return the natural world to an untouched, pristine state, placing humans in a godlike role--a notion at odds with Indigenous histories of purposeful, reciprocal interaction with the environment. This disconnect sent Dr. Grenz on a personal journey of joining her head (Western science) and her heart (Indigenous worldview) to find a truer path toward ecological healing. In Medicine Wheel for the Planet, building on sacred stories, field observations and her own journey, Dr. Grenz invites readers to share in the teachings of the four directions of the medicine wheel: the North, which draws upon the knowledge and wisdom of elders; the East, where we let go of colonial narratives and see with fresh eyes; the South, where we apply new-old worldviews to envision a way forward; and the West, where a relational approach to land reconciliation is realized.

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Mitji--let's eat! : Mi'kmaq recipes from Sikniktuk

Mitji--let's eat! : Mi'kmaq recipes from Sikniktuk

Augustine, Margaret, author
2024

The welcome call of "Mitji" can be heard when dinner is ready. This book is an invitation to celebrate and practice Mi'kmaq foodways. Features over 30 traditional and popular Mi'kmaq recipes, arranged seasonally and is contextualized with its origins, contributor information, food stories, and detailed preparation instructions. Includes short essays on Mi'kmaw cuisine that draws a picture of how Mi'kmaq foodways were influenced by colonization on the one hand, and how food became and remains a significant vehicle of resistance, on the other.

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Moon of the turning leaves : a novel

Moon of the turning leaves : a novel

Rice, Waubgeshig, 1979-, author
2023

It's been over a decade since a mysterious cataclysm caused a permanent blackout that toppled infrastructure and thrust the world into anarchy. Evan's people are in some ways stronger than ever. But resources in and around their new settlement are beginning to dry up, and the elders warn that they cannot afford to stay indefinitely. Evan and his fifteen-year-old daughter, Nangohns, are elected to lead a small scouting party on a months-long trip to seek new beginnings, and discover what kind of life - and what dangers - still exist in the lands to the south.

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An ordinary violence : a novel

An ordinary violence : a novel

Chartrand, Adriana, author
2023

A chilling horror novel about a young Indigenous woman haunted by the oppressive legacies of colonization. Dawn hasn't spoken to her brother, Cody, since he was sent to prison for a violent crime seven years ago. Now living in a shiny new Toronto condo, Dawn is haunted by uncanny occurrences, including cryptic messages from her dead mother, that have followed her most of her life. When the life Dawn thought she wanted implodes, she is forced to return to her childhood home and the prairie city that hold so much pain for her and her fractured family. Cody is unexpectedly released from prison with a mysterious new friend by his side, who seems to be the charismatic leader of a dangerous supernatural network. Trying to uncover their plans, Dawn follows increasingly sinister leads until the lines between this world and the next, now and then, and right and wrong begin to blur and dissolve. What unfolds is an eerie, incisive, and at times darkly funny horror novel about a young Indigenous woman reckoning with trauma and violence, loss and reclamation in an unsettling world where spirit realms entwine with the living--and where it is humans who carry out the truly monstrous acts.

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Prairie edge : a novel

Prairie edge : a novel

Kerr, Conor, author
2024

"One night, Métis cousins Ezzy and Grey hatch a plan to capture a herd of bison from a nearby national park and release the animals in downtown Edmonton. They want to be seen, to be heard, and to disrupt the settler routines of the city, yet they have no idea what awaits them or what the fateful consequences of their actions will be. Balancing wit and sorrow with satire, social commentary, and whip-smart storytelling, Prairie Edge explores the radical possibility that a couple of inspired miscreants might actually have the power to make a difference"-- Provided by publisher.

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VenCo : a novel

VenCo : a novel

Dimaline, Cherie, 1975-, author
2023

Meena Good, one of the most powerful witches, is called to bring together seven special witches and seven special spoons. With only one more spoon to find, a very powerful adversary has Meena's coven in his sights - Jay Christos, a roguish and deadly witch-hunter. Meena sends Lucky St. James on a dangerous, sometimes hilarious, road trip in search of the seventh spoon - where Lucky's final showdown with Jay Christos will determine whether the coven will be completed, ushering in a new beginning, or whether witches will be forced to remain forever underground

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