ISBN: 978-1-55379-518-6Grade: for grade 12 to adult
This haunting, emotionally resonant story delivers us into the world of Alice, a single mother raising her three young daughters on the rez where she grew up. Alice has never had an easy life, but has managed to get by with the support of her best friend, Gideon, and her family. When an unthinkable loss occurs, Alice is forced onto a different path, one that will challenge her belief in herself and the world she thought she knew. The Evolution of Alice is the kaleidoscopic story of one woman’s place within the web of community. Peopled with unforgettable characters and told from multiple points of view, this is a novel where spirits are alive, forgiveness is possible, and love is the only thing that matters.
This year’s shortlisted titles, selected by a jury composed of Canadian writers administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are (in alphabetical order):
The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy by Cherie Dimaline (published by Theytus Books)The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King (published by Doubleday Canada)They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars (published by Talon Books)Tilly, a Story of Hope and Resilience by Monique Gray Smith (published by Sono Nis Press)
Medicine Walk is the story of a displaced son and his displaced father. It's set in the Interior of British Columbia. Eldon Starlight, the father, a Korean War vet, is dying and seeks out his estranged son Franklin to take him to the mountains so that he may be buried sitting up and facing east, in the Ojibway warrior way.
Thomas King, the award-winning author of The Inconvenient Indian, joins Jian to discuss his first literary novel in 15 years, The Back of the Turtle. King reflects on the fraught relationship between humankind and nature, why he writes about historic injustice with humour, and what it means to renew the national conversation
In the latest of our In-Depth Interviews with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, we caught up with Omar Poler, an Associate Outreach Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). Omar Poler has a deep and personal connection to the American Indian community that has been enriched by his library work and motivated him to form the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Project, one of the few projects to incorporate American Indian topics into LIS education.
The Indian Act defines who is and is not recognized as an "Indian" in Canada, but that doesn't mean all aboriginal people have Indian status or get perks like free education and tax breaks. Filmmaker Howard Adler explores some common myths about this almost 140-year-old classification.
"Le premier ministre Stephen Harper estime que les enquêtes policières, et non une enquête nationale, sont la meilleure façon de traiter et de résoudre les meurtres et et les enlèvements de femmes autochtones."