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An Information Guide About Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls



Vigil for Tina Fontaine. Winnipeg. August, 2014. Photo credit with changes (Flickr), Steve, Creative Commons License.

On August 3rd the federal government announced an independent Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  The establishment of such an inquiry was one of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  The current timeline for the Inquiry calls for it’s work to be completed by the end of 2018.

Winnipeg Public Library has created an information guide to help the public learn about the work of the Inquiry as well as the topic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.  You can find this guide by visiting www.winnipeg.ca/library, opening the “Our Collections” menu and clicking on “Subject Guides”.


The Inquiry will eventually have it’s own offices, contact information, and website. To learn about the Inquiry, the public should visit this site. Please note the existence of a national toll-free crisis line for anyone needing support after reading the information found within this site.

The “About the Independent Inquiry” section of the site is especially useful.  It provides information about what the Inquiry will and will not (or can and cannot) do, in addition to other practical information such as timelines and budget.

Five Commissioners will conduct the Inquiry.  These include:

  • Chief Commissioner, the Honourable Marion Buller, Provincial Court Judge, British Columbia Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan
  • Commissioner Michèle Audette, Former President of Femmes Autochtones du Québec (Québec Native Women’s Association), Mani Utenam
  • Québec Commissioner Qajaq Robinson, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • Commissioner Marilyn Poitras, Assistant Professor Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Commissioner Brian Eyolfson, Acting Deputy Director, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Legal Services Couchiching First Nation, Ontario


Perhaps the most anticipated part of the Inquiry’s announcement was its Terms of Reference.  Some groups, such as the Native Women’s Association of Canada, have expressed concerns related to family supports, investigation of cold cases, jurisdictional issues connected to the provinces/territories and the Inquiry, and the need to work with the justice system to implement changes.  Amnesty International has echoed some of these concerns. Others were concerned about representation. Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women’s organization, expressed disappointment that the Inquiry does not have an Inuk Commissioner (Commissioner Qajaq Robinson is not Inuk).


There have been a number of studies – by both organizations and academic researchers – about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls over the last number of years.  We have brought these together in our information guide here.  The most recent study, conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, concluded that 1181 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or were murdered between 1980 and 2012.  Some people expect the number is much higher.

Our information guide also has a section of Manitoba-specific information which will be added to as the Inquiry’s work progresses.  Currently you can find a fact sheet (2010) with statistics about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in our province,  a map of a number of cases, as well as cold case information for some victims.

We have also included a link to a toolkit for families created by family members of missing and murdered women and girls, in partnership with local organization Ka Ni Kanichihk.  The kit provides practical information – including document templates – to assist families whose loved ones have gone missing.

Winnipeg Public Library will update our information guide as the work of the Inquiry progresses, including adding suggested book titles about violence against Indigenous women and girls and Indigenous women’s rights and resilience. We invite everyone to share the guide as a resource for learning about the Inquiry and the important issues it will examine.

As always, we also welcome your questions. You can ask them in person at any of our locations, by calling 204-986-6450, or submitting them online using our Ask Us! service.





#IndigenousReads: Celebrating Indigenous writers in June – and all year round

thebreakRecently, federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, marked June as Indigenous Book Club Month (hashtag #IndigenousReads). The Minister’s goal is to get folks reading and talking about books (novels, plays, short stories, graphic novels, poetry!) written by First Nations, Métis, or Inuit peoples. We think this is a great idea of course and we know many Winnipeggers have already found their way to wonderful books written by Indigenous authors.

For example four of the nine On the Same Page titles have been #IndigenousReads.  In 2009, the first On the Same Page title was the Beatrice Mosionier classic April Raintree.  In 2013, Manitobans voted for Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water – an incredible anthology of Indigenous writing all rooted in the land that makes up our province.  Katherena Vermette’s Governor General Award-winning book of poetry, North End Love Songs, was the public’s pick in 2015.  This year Manitobans chose to honour and celebrate The Evolution of Alice by David Robertson.  All of these books are, or are set to become, must-reads for Manitobans for years to come.IndigenousWriters

There’s lots that new – and even more to look forward to – by Indigenous writers from across the country.  I eagerly anticipate âpihtawikosisân (Chelsea Vowel’s) forthcoming Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada. Her blog is packed with commentary, analysis, and explanations of current and historical issues related to Indigenous peoples.



Katherena Vermette’s novel, The Break,  is coming out in September and is already getting a lot of well-deserved attention. On my poetry-to-read list is Marilyn Dumont’s recent title The Pemmican EatersI was so happy to learn that David Alexander Robertson has added to his terrific graphic novel series of biographies – Tales from Big Spirit – with The Chief: Mistahimaskwa.


therighttobecoldFinally, from the North – a place most of us will only ever get to read about – is Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s non-fiction title The Right to Be Cold (what an excellent book title!).

These choices barely scratch the surface of the range of books written by Indigenous writers; I didn’t even get to children’s books! These titles – and many, many more – are available for Winnipeggers to read, enjoy, and learn from this month and all year round.  We look forward to seeing you and helping you make your own #IndigenousReads pick!






The Next Big Thing


Up here on the fourth floor of the Millennium Library we’ve been highlighting books about inventions and inventors, tinkering and making. Here are a few picks that have been moving off our shelves:

Black Inventors: Crafting Over 200 Years of Success by Keith Holmes

This book about African American inventors highlights history that is often overlooked. For more on Black inventors check out these profiles from Biography. We also loved finding this write-up about Elijah McCoy as part of his nomination to the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame: “The noted African Canadian inventor, Elijah McCoy was issued more than 57 patents for his inventions during his lifetime. His best known invention was a cup that fed lubricating oil to machine bearings through a small bore tube. Machinists and engineers who wanted genuine McCoy lubricators might have used the expression “the real McCoy.”

Milestones of Space: Eleven Iconic Objects from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Lunar modules, astronaut Neil Armstrong’s space suit, and the Hubble telescope. Milestones of Space provides gorgeous photographs and meticulous explanations of the inventions that have made space exploration possible.

The Eureka Method: How to Think Like an Inventor by John Hershey

Written by a PhD in Electrical Engineering (with 134 patents to his name!), the Eureka Method will show you how to scan the world around you and think systemically to spark big ideas.

Patently Female: From AZT to TV Dinners, Stories of Women Inventors and Their Breakthrough Ideas by Ethlie Ann Vare

From the hang glider to Jell-O, tract housing to windshield wipers, learn about the women behind these inventions and many more.


Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

Especially because of the recent announcement of a lower (if not low) cost Tesla, Elon Musk has been in the news a ton lately.  This bio discusses how his success is an example of the intersection of visionary thinking, inventing talent, and business acumen.

A History of Invention From Stone Axes to Silicon Chips by Dr. Trevor I. Williams

From the humble axe-head to the ubiquitous indispensable silicon chip, here’s a fun and informative history of “things”.

Makers: All Kinds of People Making Amazing Things in Their Backyard, Basement, and Garage by Bob Parks

From the publishers who brought us Make magazine this title featuring real-life – and definitely home-grown – inventions is sure to speak to your inner-tinkerer.

Rube Goldberg: Inventions by Maynard Frank Wolfe

The shortest path from A to B may be a straight line but what’s the fun in that? Here’s a wonderfully, whimsical title full of schematics for hair-cutters, Easter egg-dyers, a better golf tee and more, devised by the one and only Rube Goldberg.


-Monique W.

Early Childhood Literacy – Not Just for Kids

It’s been a busy I Love To Read Month here at Winnipeg Public Library.  A highlight was the steady stream of children and their families who helped us celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 6th. On that one day we issued over 500 of our newly-designed children’s library cards, nearly 900 of you took in one of the many concerts or puppet shows we had on offer, in addition to the hundreds smiling faces that participated at activity stations (hello photo booths!) we had set up at all 20 library branches.  Thank you for joining us – we had a blast!

Then on February 9th the Millennium Library officially opened a very special travelling exhibit of wordless picture books presented by IBBY ItaliaSilent Books: Final Destination LampedusaThe exhibit runs in the Children’s and Teen area from February 9 to March 12.  And of course, throughout the month we’ve continued to offer our suite of quality early and family literacy programming.  To find out about upcoming programs visit your local branch’s page or check out our programming calendar for dates across the library system.

When we talk to the community about the importance of developing early literacy skills we often share picture books that we think are just great, but parents and caregivers we’ve got titles for you too. The books below are a snapshot from our collection of materials to help adults support children’s growth as curious, confident and motivated readers.

whatWhat Children Need to Learn to Read: The complete parent’s guide to ensuring literacy, a love of reading, and school readiness



whenWhat To Read When: The books and stories to read with your child and all the best times to read them



bornBorn Reading: Bringing up bookworms in a digital age – from picture books to ebooks and everything in between



sharedShared Storybook Reading: Building young children’s language & emergent literacy skills



raisingRaising Kids Who Read: What parents and teachers can do




For even more suggestions, or for help searching for the latest early literacy research on our EBSCO database, visit or phone your local branch or submit a question to our Ask Us! service. For more information about early childhood literacy, see our Early Literacy guide.


Titles Winnipeggers Love – Favourite Books from the Library’s Aboriginal Resources Collection

Titles in Winnipeg Public Library’s Aboriginal Resources Collection have been very popular the last number of years.  With a growing number of authentic and ground-breaking books being published, it’s a wonderful time to be working in libraries and sharing these great reads with the public.

View The Reason You Walk in our catalogue.On track to be the most popular title in 2016 has got to be Wab Kinew’s The Reason You Walk.  There are about 200 requests right now, but with 50 copies the list should go quickly.  (Don’t forget we have it available as an eBook too).
How many of the most-borrowed titles below have you read or, better yet, shared with those you know?

These are just a tiny number of the Library’s Aboriginal Resources Collection.  We now have just over 2000 titles for adults and nearly 2000 different children’s titles too.  To find out how to search for these books visit our Aboriginal Services guide.View The Inconvenient Indian in our catalogue.

I don’t know about resolutions, but with the recent release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’ s Final Report, the announcement of a forthcoming national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, new course requirements and treaty education initiatives at our universities, the opening of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, in addition to inspiring ongoing cView Unsettling the settler within in our catalogue.ommunity initiatives (Got Bannock?, Drag the Red, Bear Clan Patrol, Meet Me at the Bell Tower), 2016 seems like the perfect year for picking up one (or more!) of these books.  For even more recommendations, drop in to your local branch.



The Inconvenient Indian : A Curious Account of Native People in North America
by Thomas King

Unsettling the Settler Within : Indian residential schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada by Paulette Regan


Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writers From the Land of Water
edited by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Warren Cariou

Wícihitowin : Aboriginal Social Work in Canada  Aboriginal Social Work in Canada
by Gord Bruyere (Amawaajibitang), Michael Anthony Hart (Kaskitémahikan) and Raven Sinclair (Ótiskewápíwskew) 

North End Love Songs
by Katherena Vermette

Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One
by Aimée Craft

They Came For The Children:  Canada, Aboriginal Peoples and Residential Schools
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

All The Way: My Life On Ice by Jordin Tootoo
by Jordin Tootoo

Ojibway Heritage by Basil Johnston
by Basil Johston

Monique W.

No history without story

For in oral history, people are sources and sources are people.”                                                             – Dan David Prize

Stories. Listened to, read, told, recorded. Saved. Shared. The stories of individuals and communities, even our own or that of our families, are some of the most powerful ways we interact with events and people gone by. Coming up in early October we are thrilled to co-host what we know will be a thought-generating evening, inspired by the power of listening to the past. World renowned oral historian Alessandro Portelli is being brought to Winnipeg by our program partner, the Oral History Centre (housed at the University of Winnipeg). Audience members will have the opportunity to consider the value of oral histories – of listening to the full arcs of real-life stories – in today’s world of information bits and bytes. The program is free and open to all; see the end of this post for details.

Oxford Dictionaries defines oral history as “the collection and study of historical information using sound recordings of interviews with people having personal knowledge of past events.” This basic definition, while technically accurate, doesn’t emphasize the heart of oral history and its practice – that is, people.

Historian Paul Thompson gets to that heart (from the Oral History Centre site): “Oral History…is a history built around people. It thrusts life into history itself and widens its scope. It allows heroes not just from the leaders, but also from the unknown majority of the people. It encourages teachers and students to become fellow-workers. It brings history into, and out of, the community. It helps the less privileged […] towards dignity and self-confidence. It makes for contact – and hence understanding – between social classes, and between generations. […] In short it makes for fuller human beings.”

readerPowerful stuff, oral histories are – listened to or read. Winnipeg Public Library has a wide-ranging and growing collection of oral histories to learn from and enjoy. You can find a starter list of titles here. To find out how you might go about collecting an oral history – recording and sharing stories yourself – visit the Oral History Centre’s site. The Centre is a real Winnipeg gem. It offers in-person workshops, the use of equipment and software, assistance with archiving and more.  Those with a strong interest in the practice of oral history will definitely want to check out The Canadian Oral History Reader ; 2 of the book’s editors – Alexander Freund and Nolan Reilly – are Co-Directors of the Oral History Centre.

About Alessandro Portelli

orderAlessandro Portelli is Professor Emeritus, University of Rome La Sapienza and recent lecturer at Princeton University. A 2015 Dan David Prize Laureate, he is considered the world’s leading practitioner of oral history. More information about Professor Portelli can be found here and here. He also maintains a blog with occasional posts in English. Among his celebrated works are The Order Has Been Carried Out, about the 1944 Nazi massacre of over 350 Jewish and non-Jewish civilians in a suburb of Rome; and They Say In Harlan County which documents histories from Appalachian coal mining country. From Goodreads: “They Say in Harlan County is not a book about coal miners so much as a dialogue in which more than 150 Harlan County women and men tell the story of their region, from pioneer times through the dramatic strikes of the 1930s and ’70s, up to the present. Alessandro Portelli draws on 25 years of original interviews to take readers into the mines and inside the lives of those who work, suffer, and often die in them–from black lung, falling rock, suffocation, or simply from work that can be literally backbreaking. The book is structured as a vivid montage of all these voices–stoic, outraged, grief-stricken, defiant–skillfully interwoven with documents from archives, newspapers, literary works, and the author’s own participating and critical voice.” harlan

Professor Portelli will join us Monday, October 5 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Carol Shields Auditorium on the second floor of the Millennium Library. Please register in-person at any Library branch or by phone 204-986-6450 (drop-ins welcome, space permitting).

We look forward to welcoming many of you to share in a great evening.

Monique W.

Documents to Change Hearts & Minds: Reading the Findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

On June 2 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC/Commission) held its final public gathering to release its findings after 6 years travelling the country to collect stories and testimony related to Indian Residential Schools (IRS).  The work of the Commission had been mandated as part of the Indian and Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (Settlement Agreement).

The full text of the Commission’s final report will be available at a later date but the four documents it has released are an extraordinary read:  an Executive Summary; a Principles document; a document with first-hand accounts called Survivors Speak; and Calls to Action containing the 94 recommendations of the Commission.

All four documents are written in a style accessible to many readers.  These are not “academic” documents and they are definitely not filled with legalese.  I have read all four and as I sat down to write this I knew what my suggestion would be as to which one people should read first.  In the spirit of “change hearts, then minds,” I encourage you to read first – and share widely – Survivors Speak.  To me, this is the heart-changing document of the TRC.

Most people in Canada were not in attendance when IRS survivors and others spoke to the Commission (in the end, some 7,000 witnesses gave testimony). This document provides a representative glimpse into what was shared over the past 6 years.  It is filled with long-form quotations from survivors about their experiences.  The document begins with a section where survivors shared what their life was like before they were taken from their communities. Then, among a wide range of experiences covered, there are sections about the days and moments children were taken, sections about specific forms of abuse, sections about daily routines and food, and sections where some survivors share positive moments they remember.

The document reads very quickly because of the immediacy of the survivors’ voices but, as expected, it is a very difficult document to read.  In all seriousness, I recommend people plan to read it in a time and place that will give them space afterwards to take in what they have just learned.

The Executive Summary is a very useful document particularly for people who were not familiar with the TRC and who have not yet learned about the history and legacy of residential schools. If after reading both of these documents people have the question: “How do we move forward?” the Principles document gives the TRC’s proposed answer in ten short and powerful ideas.

The Commission made 94 recommendations which it named its Calls to Action. The recommendations are very engaging and do a lot to teach about the wide-reaching legacy of the schools.  There are recommendations for the public and post-secondary education systems, others for the child welfare system and even ones about public broadcasting and a suggested change to the country’s citizenship oath – to mention just a few.

Most adults living in Canada today received little or no information about residential schools as part of their schooling.  This is one reason why Chair of the TRC, Justice Murray Sinclair, has placed such an emphasis on education being necessary for reconciliation.  In providing the country with clear and powerful documents the TRC has made a significant contribution towards mending that education gap.  We have been given the materials and the stories – it is now up to the Canadian public to engage with what has been shared.


Winnipeg Public Library ordered multiple copies of the TRC’s documents as soon as the findings were released.  They will be made available when we receive them.  We encourage people to make use of the many resources found on the TRC website.  For example, here is a map and list of residential schools from across the country identified in the Settlement Agreement. There were fourteen in Manitoba, including one in Winnipeg.  The Commission’s website also contains the biographies of all three Commissioners: the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Dr. Marie Wilson and Chief Wilton Littlechild.

To continue your learning about this topic here is a list of titles about residential schools, for adults, teens and children, available in our collection.

Monique W.

Fifty Shades of… 50

Here are some selections from the latest display up here on the fourth floor of the Millennium Library for your reading… errr… pleasure.  Amazing how many of these “50”-inspired titles we found in the collection!
50 Jobs Worse Than Yours50 Jobs Worse Than Yours

“You think your job is bad? Try being a Sherpa, a Saddam Hussein Double (now unemployed), or the person who operates the “It’s a Small World” ride. Satirist Justin Racz has spanned the globe to find fifty jobs worse than yours, so we can all feel better about our own.”
Fifty Dresses That Changed The World

Fifty Dresses That Dhanged the World“Join the Design Museum, the world’s leading museum in contemporary design, on a guided tour of the 50 most important dresses in social history and design. Filled with pages of beautiful clothes, and the famous faces (and bodies) that put them on the world stage -including Wallis Simpson, Jackie Kennedy, Twiggy and Cher and, of course, Princess Di-this fun volume shares fascinating appraisals of what gave the 50 most important garments their iconic status.”


50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

“50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology uses popular myths as a vehicle for helping students and laypersons to distinguish science from pseudoscience:
•Uses common myths as a vehicle for exploring how to distinguish factual from fictional claims in popular psychology
•Explores topics that readers will relate to, but often misunderstand, such as ′opposites attract′, ′people use only 10% of their brains′, and ′handwriting reveals your personality′
•Provides a ′myth busting kit′ for evaluating folk psychology claims in everyday life”
50 Canadians Who Changed the World

50 Canadians Who Changed the World“From Tommy Douglas, Pierre Trudeau, John Kenneth Galbraith, Naomi Klein, Marshall McLuhan, Stephen Lewis and Roméo Dallaire to Glenn Gould, David Suzuki, Mike Lazaridis, Margaret Atwood, Oscar Peterson, Leonard Cohen and thirty-seven others, Ken McGoogan shows us why and how Canadians move in the wider world as influencers and agents of progressive change. Say hello to fifty Canadians who are shaping the future.” Also available as an eBook.


Fifty Shades of KaleFifty Shades of Kale

“In Fifty Shades of Kale, you’ll discover fifty enticing new ways to enjoy one of Mother Nature’s hottest properties. … With fifty mouth-watering recipes for kale-centric breakfasts, starters, mains, cocktails, and desserts, Fifty Shades of Kale is certain to spice up your routine and show you how to experiment in the kitchen, cook yourself sexy, and indulge without guilt.” Also available as an eBook.


Peace: 50 years of protest

Peace: 50 Years of Protest

“One of the most instantly recognized images in the world–the peace sign–celebrates its 50th anniversary. Miles uses a combination of research and personal recall to recount the evolution of this iconic image.”

The book summaries in this post are taken straight from our catalogue.  Not sure if a title is for you?  When browsing our catalogue simply click on the “Summary” tab found below the main part of the record.  You’ll also find Google Previews and – even better – some suggestions of other titles you may enjoy .





A Year in the Life

Hello from waaaay up on the fourth floor of the Millennium Library!  The one constant in any library is change – from the streams of different people coming to our desk, to the new titles finding their way to our shelves (and eBook platforms), to the displays our staff put together to help you find your next great read.

Recently our Information Services (adult non-fiction) staff at Millennium Library put together a display called “A Year in the Life.”  The concept pulled together a wide range of titles detailing life experiments of various individuals undertaken for a year – sort of like New Year’s resolutions on steroids. Titles were snapped up quickly – a testament to how much people like to live vicariously through others.  Here’s a taste of what piqued our customer’s curiosity:

AYearA Year Without “MADE IN CHINA”: One Family’s True Life Adventure in the Global Economy by Sara Bongiorni is an account of one family’s attempt to live outside the reach of part of the global economy and not buy anything “made in China” for a whole year.  Take a look around your house – or even on the tags of the clothes you’re wearing – and imagine that.



BigYearThe Big Year : A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik proves there’s a fine line between hobbies and obsessions. The Big Year recounts the adventures of three men who took part in a year-long birdwatching marathon in 1998 .  How many bird species is it possible to identify in an avian version of The Amazing Race?  Find out in Mark Obmascik’s book, which was also made into a movie starring John Cleese, Owen Wilson and Rosamund Pike.



OperatingOperating Instructions : A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anna Lamott points out the journey travelled by each parent or caregiver during the first year of their child’s life is unique and Anne Lamott’s story is no exception.  Formatted as a diary, Lamott provides readers with an intimate view into the joys and fears associated with her first year as a single mother.




AnimalVegetableAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life by acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver (check out titles like The Poisonwood Bible or The Lacuna) chronicled her family’s transition to a rural life where their goal was to only eat what they would grow themselves.  Packed with wit (see a chapter titled “Zucchini Larceny”), recipes, and an examination of the industrial nature of the American food supply, this is a well-rounded read.  You’ll also find this title with us in eBook, audio book CD and audiobook MP3 CD formats.

YearAnd last but not least, The Year of Living Biblically : One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs, who has made a career of putting himself through entertaining (for us!) personal experiments.  (Be sure to check out his other titles The Know-it All, The Guinea Pig Diaries and Drop Dead Healthy.)  In The Year of Living Biblically, Jacobs attempts to do just that – live literally by the myriad rules found in the Bible.  Not surprisingly, awkwardness and enlightenment abound.  You can watch a video of Jacobs talking about his experience here.

2015 is about one-sixth done.  What are your plans for the rest of the year?


New in Aboriginal Resources!

One of Winnipeg Public Library’s most in-demand collections is our Aboriginal Resources Collection.  The collection is made up of films and music, in addition to all the books.  There are materials for all ages: adults, teens and children.  A search of our catalogue today showed we currently have 3,990 titles in this collection.  (Pro tip:  to find out what’s in the collection go to the main page of our catalogue and select “Aboriginal Resources” from the drop down list on the far left.)  You can find items from this collection across the Library system.  Branches that have large amounts of these titles will have them highlighted and shelved separately for easy browsing.

Here’s a quick list of some recent purchases – both newer titles and some favourites that we’ve stocked up on again.

Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson

Just Pretending
From the summary: “At times haunting, at times hilarious, Just Pretending explores the moments in life that send us down pathways predetermined and not-yet-forged.”  Read a review of Just Pretending here. The 49th Shelf has a great interview with the author here.  The cover of Just Pretending features artwork by local artist KC Adams, whose stereotype-busting project Perception was in the news this past summer.


Playing the White Man’s Games by Don Marks

Playing the White Man's Games
From the summary: “Playing the White Man’s Games tells the extraordinary tales of Native American athletes who overcame tremendous obstacles to dominate the NFL, CFL, PGA, Olympic Games, NHL and professional wrestling.”  Local author Don Marks also writes a column for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Resistance and Renewal. Surviving the Indian Residential School by Celia Haig-Brown

Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School
From the summary: “One of the first books published to deal with the phenomenon of residential schools in Canada, Resistance and Renewal is a disturbing collection of Native perspectives on the Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS) in the British Columbia interior.” Haig-Brown’s book is now in its ninth printing.  Visit the author’s page here.

The Moon Speaks Cree: A Winter Adventure by Larry Loyie
For children and families.

The Moon Speaks Cree

From publisher Theytus Books: “Learning the universal lessons of Aboriginal culture, young Lawrence rides his father’s long toboggan pulled by four eager dogs, invents a sliding machine that really works from his grandfather’s old steamer trunk, reconnects with his older brother and learns the secrets of winter survival from his parents and grandparents.”  The Library also has several other titles by Loyie.

Welcome Song For Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns by Richard Van Camp
For children and families.

Welcome Song for Baby: Lullaby for newborns

First published in 2007, this board book is definitely a favourite.  The rhythmic and soothing text is accompanied by photographic portraits of caregivers and infants.  You can find other Van Camp titles (for all ages) here.

Grandmother Ptarmigan by Qaunaq Mikkigak
For children and families.

Grandmother Ptarmigan

From the summary: “A sing-song parable that serves as an introduction to traditional Inuit stories. It’s bedtime for baby ptarmigan, but he will not go to sleep. So his grandmother decides to tell him a bedtime story that he will never forget.” Grandmother Ptarmigan is a story re-told by Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak.

And last but not least we’ve recently purchased many copies of this year’s On the Same Page – Manitoba’s Biggest Book Club selected title: North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette.

North End Love Songs

This debut book also won Vermette the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.  You can read a recent interview with Vermette here and watch a video of the 2012 Winnipeg launch of the book here. In January and February we will be featuring all kinds of programming with Katherena Vermette and inspired by the themes in North End Love Songs.  Be sure to download or pick up a copy of our January/February @ the Library newsletter – available in late December.  And don’t forget to add yourself to our Reader’s Tally and encourage everyone you know to pick up this wonderful book!