10 Must-Read Books by Indigenous Authors (Part 1)

10) Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway

Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway transports the reader to a Cree community in northern Manitoba. Brothers Champion and Ooneemeetoo Okimasis are torn from their family, their language, their culture, and their entire way of life when they are sent to a hostile and abusive residential school. As the brothers fight for survival, a shape-shifting trickster named the Fur Queen watches over them.

9) Sufferance by Thomas King

Sufferance follows Jeremiah Camp (a.k.a the Forecaster) a man who can see into the very heart of humanity. But Jeremiah has looked into that heart one too many times and has come away feeling nothing at all. So, he decides to run away to a small town. With no phone, no internet, no connection to the outside world, he hopes that he will be left alone at last. His solitude, however, is short-lived. Before he left, Jeremiah created a list of twelve names; now, one by one, the people on that list are dying. And only a forecaster can tell them why.

8) This Place: 150 Years Retold

This Place retells the history of Canada in the form of 10 comics by Indigenous authors, which collectively incorporate elements of fantasy, magical realism, and time travel. This book showcases 11 Indigenous writers and various Indigenous artists to tell the story of the first 150 years of Canada’s history.

7) Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

Five Little Indians is told from the perspectives of five individuals in 1960s Vancouver. Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie, and Maisie were stolen from their families as young children and taken to residential school. As the decades pass after their release, the five cling together as they struggle to survive their current circumstances in the face of their past traumas.

6) Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine doesn’t fit in—neither in her hometown nor on the Ojibwe reservation nearby. Suddenly, a tragedy in her family means that Daunis has to put her own dreams on hold. Then she meets Jamie and everything seems like it just might be looking up. That is, until Daunis witnesses a murder and must use her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine to track down the criminals, unveiling a trail of death and deception that will shake her community to its very core.

Which books would you like to see featured in part two?

2 thoughts on “10 Must-Read Books by Indigenous Authors (Part 1)

  1. Thank you for your insightful suggestions. Given the recent disclosure of the tragedy at the residential school in Kamloops this review comes at a most appropriate time to demonstrate the respect and honour that indigenous writers deserve. They all sound like intriguing reads that will provide powerful reading experiences.

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  2. Thank you for your well thought-out suggestions. Based on your description they all sound like good reads that have the potential to bring out powerful and deeply felt emotions in the reader.

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