Connect Five Friday – Native Authors

It’s Friday once again and that means it’s time for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

In Canada, this month we celebrate National Indigenous History Month.

From our government’s website:
In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.
National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada.
The Government of Canada recognizes the importance and sacred nature of cultural ceremonies and celebrations that usually occur during this time. While celebrations and events for National Indigenous History Month may be different this year than those in the past, we can still share and learn from stories, traditions and culture in new ways that keep us together and connected.

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When I graduated from teacher’s college over 40 years ago (!), I accepted a job teaching in the North West Territories, in a small native community south of Inuvik. I would stay three years, and come to love the land and the people there. I traveled to many places – Inuvik, Yellowknife, Tuktoyuktuk, Whitehorse (in the Yukon). I felt very fortunate to be able to see so much of the far north, to meet so many people and to learn to appreciate the culture and art of the area.

Here I am on the steps of my house, holding my son in a beaded baby belt.

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I have read a number of works by native authors – here are my 5 favourites:

By Richard Wagamese

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Indian Horse     Ragged Company    For Joshua: An Ojibway Father Teaches His Son

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Fatty Legs: A True Story by Christie Jordan-Fenton (a MG book about residential schools)

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Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden


Here are 5 books by native authors that I own and plan to read as part of the Summer Reading challenge:

2 by Cherie Dimaline:

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The Marrow Thieves                              Empire of Wild


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There There by Tommy Orange


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Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (This book has been chosen as the “One Book, One Community” choice for 2020 in our area. Looks really interesting!)


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Crow Winter by Karen McBride


If you’d like more titles, check these lists of books, here and here.


One book I loved, own,  saw the special for it and encourage everyone to read (and listen to the songs) is:

Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire (Illustrator)

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From Goodreads:

Secret Path is a ten song album by Gord Downie with a graphic novel by illustrator Jeff Lemire that tells the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, a twelve-year-old boy who died in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School fifty years ago.

Chanie, misnamed Charlie by his teachers, was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to return home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor how to find it, but, like so many kids—more than anyone will be able to imagine—he tried.

6 thoughts on “Connect Five Friday – Native Authors

  1. Fabulous post Bev. I had heard of Chanie, must have somehow come across the story while I was teaching. So sad. I loved hearing about your early years teaching. What an amazing experience.

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