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Thomas King

Reconciling stories

This season, two books from seasoned writers take very different approaches to their investigations into Indigenous culture and identity. A new illustrated edition of Thomas King’s bestselling The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Doubleday Canada) employs more than 150 images to help visually articulate how Indigenous people have been understood and represented in North America. Cree playwright, novelist, and kids’ author Tomson Highway catalogues Indigenous literature published over recent decades in From Oral to Written: A Celebration of Indigenous Literature in Canada, 1980–2010 (Talonbooks). • Over 11 years, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario, hundreds of miles away from their homes. Toronto Métis journalist Tanya Talaga investigates a long, wrongfully overlooked history in Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City (House of Anansi Press). • Dying to Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada (Theytus Books), by Roland D. Chrisjohn, Shaunessy M. McKay, and Andrea O. Smith, examines the political a nd primary causes of t he ongoing tragedy and offers alternative solutions to traditional psychiatric care. • J.R. Miller’s Residential Schools and Reconciliation (UTP Publishing) analyzes institutional responses to residential schooling and the fundamental unwillingness of many Canadians to accept that it was people like them who acquiesced to assimilative politics. • Indigenous artist James Simon Mishibinijima is inspired by the landscape of the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, which he shares in the illustrated Pictographs (The Porcupine’s Quill). • During the late 18th century, many Indigenous people travelled to Britain and other overseas locations. Cecilia Morgan examines their routes, motivations, and international impact in Travellers through Empire: Indigenous Voyages from Early Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press).

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City (House of Anansi Press)
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