5 books by Indigenous authors for your holiday reading list
From Indigenous sci-fi to a graphic novel, 5 books to curl up with this holiday season
It's been another stellar year for Indigenous literature.
CBC's Duncan McCue published The Shoe Boy, his memoir of a season spent hunting on a northern Quebec trapline as a teenager. While Rosanna Deerchild, host of CBC's Unreserved, released Calling Down the Sky — a collection of poetry that delves into her mother's story at a residential school.
Our selection could be much longer, but here are five books to add to your holiday reading list.
The Break by Katherena Vermette
- CBC BOOKS: The Break by Katherena Vermette
- CBC Unreserved: Indigenous Reads book club
- Indigenous Reads: Panel discussion on The Break
The Break is a powerful family saga told by an all-female cast — plus one male Métis police officer — and has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. It is also on the Canada Reads 2017 long list.
Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence and illustrator François Thisdale
- How Melanie Florence and François Thisdale wrote a picture book about MMIW
- Melanie Florence, François Thisdale win $30K TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
Missing Nimama tells the tale of a Cree girl named Kateri whose mother has gone missing. The story alternates between Kateri, who wonders what happened to her lost loved one, and her mother, who maintains an invisible presence throughout Kateri's life.
Witness, I Am by Gregory Scofield
- CBC BOOKS: Witness, I Am
- Poet Gregory Scofield on telling untold stories and urgent truths
- Gregory Scofield shares the best writing advice he ever received
A deeply personal collection, Scofield's poems speak to the injustices experienced by his mother, Dorothy Scofield, and his aunt, Georgina Houle Young, who was murdered in 1998.
Take Us To Your Chief by Drew Hayden Taylor
- CBC BOOKS: Take Us To Your Chief
- Indigenous Reads: Our panel discusses Take Us To Your Chief
- Indigenous Reads: Drew Hayden Taylor blends science fiction with Indigenous story
The nine stories in this collection span traditional topics of science fiction — from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations — all with a distinctly Indigenous twist.
Will I See? by David Robertson and isKwe, illustrated by GMB Chomichuk
The illustrations are bold and dark, with occasional splashes of striking colour — and the novel is part of a larger multimedia project that includes a music video by isKwe.