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8th Fire’s Essential Reads List

8th Fire is a multiplatform, multicultural documentary project that explores the richness and diversity of Aboriginal cultures and Canada’s complex 500-year relationship with Indigenous peoples.

In February of 2012, 8th Fire asked Paul Seesequasis, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, and Richard Van Camp to help put together a list of ten books that represent some of the best reading from the past decade by fascinating Aboriginal writers in Canada. They came up with the following list.

  • Native Poetry in Canada: A Contemporary Anthology edited by Jeanette Armstrong (Broadview Press, 2001)
  • Deadly Loyalties by Jennifer Storm (Theytus Books, 2007)
  • Red Rooms by Cheri Dimaline (Theytus Books, 2007)
  • The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor (Annick Press, 2007)
  • Will’s Garden by Lee Maracle (Theytus Books, 2008)
  • Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (Penguin, 2008)
  • One Native Life by Richard Wagamese (Douglas & McIntyre, 2009)
  • Restoring the Balance: First Nations Women, Community, and Culture edited by Gail Guthrie Valaskakis, Madeline Dion Stout, and Eric Guimond (University of Manitoba Press, 2009)
  • Think Indian by Basil Johnston (Kegedonce Press, 2010)
  • Discovery Passages by Garry Thomas Morse

CBC published a slide show depicting the book covers with some commentary on their significance. The list has just been formalized as a PDF available online.

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