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November 1, 2021
Here is a list of some of the best books by Indigenous authors recommended for you by the team at the Animikii. You’ll find psychological horror, history, and new perspectives on Truth and Reconciliation in this collection.
Know someone who would like one of these titles? Add a book to your holiday shopping list and find it at your local independent bookstore. Happy reading!
In Thunder Bay, Ontario, seven Indigenous high school students died over the course of eleven years. Tanya Talaga (Ojibwe-Cree) investigates the racism and human rights violations that led to these deaths and the challenge of educating Indigenous students hundreds of kilometres from their home communities.
Ma-Nee Chacaby tells her compelling and uplifting story as an Ojibwe-Cree lesbian and elder.
From her childhood in a remote Ojibwe community affected by poverty to leading the first ever gay pride parade in Thunder Bay, Chacaby shares her journey through the lens of overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism.
This book tells the story of the Métis Nation from the 18th century rise in the Canadian North-West to present day discussions of national Truth and Reconciliation.
Author Jean Teillet is a lawyer, expert on Métis rights, and the great-grandniece of hero Louis Riel. She crafts a historical record of the vision of leaders like Riel and the resounding effects on Canadian society.
The inspiration for this book came from a viral article boiling down the nearly 150-year legacy of the Indian Act.
Author Bob Joseph (Gwawa’enuk) walks the reader through the legal document and explains how Indigenous Peoples can step out from under the Indian Act to return to self-government and self-reliance.
This post-apocalyptic novel by Waubgeshig Rice (Anishinaabe) transports the reader to a small northern Anishinaabe community as its power is cut off.
As unexpected guests begin to arrive from the south, the community turns to Anishinaabe traditions of the land to survive and thrive again.
Cherokee-Greek author Thomas King has built a reputation for his conversational storytelling and tongue-in-cheek analysis of government policy and Indigenous Peoples.
The Inconvenient Indian is his account of Indigenous-White relations since first contact. For readers new to the learning about Indigenous Peoples in North America, this is an unmissable book.
The Only Good Indians is a masterpiece in typical Stephen Graham Jones style–equal parts psychological horror and social commentary on identity politics.
The Blackfeet author follows the story of four American Indian men who are haunted by a disturbing event from their youth. This is a must-read for psychological horror novel fans.
Broadcaster and author Jesse Wente (Ojibwe) advocates for Truth over Reconciliation in this memoir/manifesto.
With critical analysis of cultural appropriation, Indigenoius identity and sovereignty, Wente makes a compelling case for future relationships between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.
A collection of essays by Alicia Elliot (Haudenosaunee) explores the author’s experience with intergenerational trauma while delving into the legacy of colonialism.
Expect to be delighted by Elliot’s weaving of stories about parenthood, mental illness, the history of dark matter, racism in the court system, and much more.
Botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers.
Kimmerer shares her experiences as a mother and an Indigenous scientist through the lens of demanding a stronger ecological consciousness.
Elaine Alec (Sylix, Secwepemc) wrote Calling My Spirit Back to explore the idea of Indigenous healing.
Stories from elders, language speakers, and medicine people form the foundation of self-love and individual healing practices in this work.
One Drum was completed from a manuscript left behind when Wagamese passed away in 2017, which draws from fundamental Ojibwe Grandfather Teachings to explore humility, respect, and courage.
Animikii challenges you to read one book from an Indigenous author you haven’t read before. Check out the Indigenous Reads Challenge from our friends at The Next 150 for more inspiration.
November 1, 2021
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