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Book Recommendations from Indigenous Authors - Part Two

By: Chase M., Halton Youth Initiative Communications Crew

July 1, 2020

This is the second in a series of three posts curated by members of the Halton Youth Initiative's Communications Crew listing fiction and non-fiction books by Indigenous authors. We invite you to visit your local library or book store to check out at least one of the recommendations in honour of National Indigenous History Month.

From the Ashes: My Story of being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way

By: Jesse Thistle

Dive into the remarkable memoir of Jesse Thistle, who overcame a traumatic childhood, chaotic teenage years, and destructive young adulthood. His story helps prove how love and support can help people overcome anything.

There There

By: Tommy Orange

This is the story of several people heading to the Big Oakland Pow Wow. Each going for a different reason, and each reflecting through a different world view.

Indian Horse

By: Richard Wagamese

Saul Indian Horse is a Northern Objiway man, struggling with addiction and looking for peace. Through telling his story, he hopes to find peace and to heal.

This Place

By: 150 years Retold

Explore the past 150 years in what is now Canada through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology.

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

By: Alicia Elliott

Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott delves deep into the Indigenous experience of colonialism, intergenerational trauma, mental illness, and more. Using her own experience as a roadmap, this book shines a light on the complex legacy of systemic genocide felt by many across Turtle Island.


By: Harold Johnson:

Memory, fiction, and fantasy collide, and Clifford comes to life as the scientist he was meant to be, culminating in his discovery of the Grand Unified Theory

Highway of Tears

By: Jessica McDiarmid:

A true story of racism, indifference, and the pursuit of justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Crazy Brave

By: Joy Harjo

Crazy Brave is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo's tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.

Moon of the Crusted Snow

By: Waubgeshig Rice

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision

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