The Next Chapter

Strong Nations Books' Terri Mack on the Indigenous books that are popular in her online store

The Nanaimo, B.C.-based online bookstore and publishing house specializes in Indigenous literature and art.
Strong Nations Books is an independent bookstore based in Nanaimo, B.C. (Facebook)

This interview originally aired on Jan. 18, 2020.

Terri Mack, Kay Kwee Kway Kwa, is a member of the Da'naxda'xw Awaetlala Nation. She is the CEO of Strong Nations Books, a book and gift store, online retailer and publishing house based in Nanaimo, B.C.

Founded in 2010, Strong Nations Books specializes in Indigenous literature and art.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Strong Nations Books has transitioned to selling books, gifts and learning resources exclusively online. 

Mack connected with The Next Chapter to discuss the books that are popular at Strong Nations Books. 

Taking Care of Our Mother Earth by Celestine Aleck

This book by Celestine Aleck explains how Coast Salish families played a traditional role in taking care of the planet. (Strong Nations Publishing Inc.)

"Celestine Aleck is an author who hails from the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Aleck's book, Taking Care of Our Mother Earth, is beautifully put together.

"It focuses on natural resources and how, as Indigenous peoples, our communities can work toward protecting and taking care of these natural resources. It's one of my favourite books."

Groundswell, edited by Joe Neidhardt and Nicole Neidhardt

This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers offer a call-to-action for climate change. (Strong Nations Publishing Inc.)

"Groundswell is an amazing collection of stirring and passionate essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers.

"It focuses on Indigenous knowledge and a call-to-action for climate change."

Hideaway Cove by Brenda Boreham, illustrated by Laura Timmermans

This children's book looks at the many interconnections within a healthy marine ecosystem. (Strong Nations Publishing Inc. )

"Hideaway Cove is written by a local author and illustrator, Brenda Boreham and Laura Timmermans.

"This book focuses on marine education. It's an amazing book."

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