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As a Canadian, how can you honour Indigenous histories, peoples and communities? One of the best ways to learn is by reading! 

Books by Indigenous authors allow us to experience a different world view. There are joyful stories, tales of fun and mischief. But we should also educate ourselves about how the past continues to affect the present, and reflect on history that is challenging and filled with pain. Read Indigenous all year round, not just during National Indigenous History Month in June. Here’s a list of more great books by Indigenous writers and illustrators!
 

The Case of Windy Lake by Michael Hutchinson
The Case of Windy Lake by Michael Hutchinson

The Mighty Muskrats are a group of cousins who solve mysteries in the Windy Lake community while exploring their land and culture together. The first book of an exciting series!

 

Coyote Tales by Thomas King and Byron Eggenschwiler
Coyote Tales by Thomas King and Byron Eggenschwiler

Coyote is always getting in trouble! Why is the moon angry at him? What is he going to do with the clothes belonging to all the other animals? Find out in this hilarious book.

 

Fatty Legs: A True Story by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Fatty Legs: A True Story by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Margaret is determined to learn how to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns her of the terrors of residential schools.

 

​​​​​​​What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger
What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger

Learn about key events in Indigenous history from the perspectives of the peoples who have been faced with disease, war, forced assimilation and broken promises.

 

Wolverine and Little Thunder: An Eel Fishing Story by Alan Syliboy
Wolverine and Little Thunder: An Eel Fishing Story by Alan Syliboy

Little Thunder and Wolverine are best friends and they love going eel fishing together. But what happens when they encounter a giant river eel that is too big to catch?