When the Spirits Dance by Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden

Award-winning First Nations author Larry Loyie shares the drama of his childhood during the Second World War years. As a young Cree boy, Lawrence struggles to grow up while wrestling with the meaning of war. When army runaways threaten his family, he must call on his skills and the teachings …

Missing Nimâmâ by Melanie Florence; illustrated by François Thisdale

wanisin (she is lost) Missing Nimâma is a difficult book to read without weeping, and a difficult book to write about for much the same reason: it is the story of Kateri Cardinal, a Cree girl whose mother is lost – one of the 1181+ Indigenous women who have been …

The Legend of Lightning and Thunder by Paula Ikuutaq; illustrated by Jo Rioux

Paula Ikuutaq’s retelling of the Inuit Legend of Lightning and Thunder opens with a celebration. It is spring, and Inuit people gather together in camps to sing, to dance, and to feast: to share their happiness with each other. Two orphaned siblings, however, are not so happy. A girl and her younger …