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Monday, 17 December 2018 18:58


by Smokii Sumac

this one is simply
for all of our love which can
never be wrong

In his debut poetry collection you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, Smokii Sumac has curated a selection of works from two years of a near daily poetry practice. What began as a sort of daily online poetry journal using the hashtag #haikuaday, has since transformed into a brilliant collection of storytelling drawing upon Indigenous literary practice, and inspired by works like Billy Ray Belcourt's This Wound is a World, and Tenille Campbell's #IndianLovePoems.  With sections dealing with recovery from addiction and depression, coming home through ceremony, and of course, as the title suggests, on falling in and out of love, Sumac brings the reader through two years of life as a Ktunaxa Two-Spirit person. This collection will move you as Sumac addresses the grief of being an Indigenous person in Canada, shares timely (and sometimes hilarious) musings on consent, sex, and gender, introduces readers to people and places he has loved and learned from, and through it all, helps us all come to know that we are enough, just as we are. 


“In his debut collection of poetry, you are enough, Smokii Sumac offers our tired souls refuge, nourishment and hope in tiny successive bursts of light."
—Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of This Accident of Being Lost

“We live in a time of emboldened cruelty, in a time when love and belonging seem ever more imperilled and fragile, when the basic humanity of those who live and love outside the bounds of settler-colonial certainty are once again under siege. These are difficult days, but just as I struggle to find hope I pick up Smokii Sumac’s work and find not just balm for the spirit but kindling for the fire. Laughter, pain, desire, rage, remembrance—this book is a gift, an honouring, a call to arms and, even more importantly, a call to love. I’m so very grateful for this transformative collection. We need Smokii’s words and wisdom now more than ever."
—Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation), author of Why Indigenous Literatures Matter


Smokii Sumac is a proud member of the Ktunaxa nation. He is a PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University where his research centres on "coming home" stories from a Ktunaxa adoptee and two-spirit perspective. Smokii’s work has been published in Write Magazine, and under his former name (he is a man of many names) in Canadian Literature, Aanikoobijigan//Waawaashkeshi and on coffee sleeves as one of the winners of Peterborough's e-city lit’s artsweek contest in 2014. He currently shares his time between Nogojiwanong (Peterborough), and Ithaca, NY.

that tongued belonging by Marilyn Dumont

Winner of the 2007 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award and the 2007 Anskohk Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year.

that tongued belonging by award-winning Métis poet Marilyn Dumont, is a poetry collection which searches for acceptance in language, culture, love, and geographical landscapes. These poems celebrate the humour and tenacity of Indigenous women, lament the death of a mother, deride the political correctness of those ignorant of Indigenous issues, recall the degradation of Indigenous women, and chide the writer against the seduction of pop stardom, while challenging accepted ideas of love, age and femininity.

“Marilyn Dumont articulates, touches and settles the nerve of Cree. The reader wanders through the patched quilt life of families, of communities, of relatives and of the Cree nation itself. Always, we are immersed in ancient Cree ways as expressed in the Cree-borrowed English. Brilliantly and lyrically presented we are forever reminded that Cree culture, Cree people have not been eradicated, quite the contrary. Through Dumont’s that tongued belonging we celebrate the renaissance, the transformation and the continuation of the poetics, being, and heroism of the Cree.”  —Lee Maracle, author, Bobbi Lee, Indian Rebel, and Will’s Garden.

Daniel Heath Justice's fantasy trilogy,

Kynship, Wyrwood, and Dreyd

The Way of Thorn and Thunder Trilogy: Kynship, Wyrwood, and Dreyd. An epic story of a struggle for the Everland, a green land of ancient mystery and danger, and the forest home of the Kyn. These three remarkable novels tell the story of Tarsa'deshae, a fearless Kyn warrior trained in the Redthorn ways of battle and blood. Tarsa is swept into the struggle between those Folk who would embrace the promises of Men, and those who would hold fast to the rooted understandings of the Eld Green. In beautifully crafted language, these stories break the stereotypes of both Indigeneity and gender, and serve as a powerful allegory for Indigenous history. Award-winning author Daniel Heath Justice has masterfully created a world of magic, adventure and heroism that rivals the classic fantasy of Tolkien and Le Guin.

"There is action and adventure aplenty in this epic tale of conflict between Humans and other-wordly Kyn, but there is something deeper as well. Like the magic that imbues his imagined world of spirit-trees and talking beasts, a true sense of wonder and enchantent wells up through Daniel Heath Justice's words. This is a realm that fantasy fans can immerse themselves in, and return to again and again, a realm that feels at once fresh and new, yet old as the oldest myth."
--Alison Baird, author of The Hidden World.

"Justice has created a fantasy epic so rich in history and so complex with all of its inhabitants and mystery that you're never going to want The Way of Thorn and Thunder to end. What a treasure for anyone looking for heroes and adventure in a series based on Aboriginal philosophy and wisdom."
--Richard Van Camp, author of Angel Wing Splash Pattern.

"I remember being completely astounded by it when I read the manuscript. There were so many elements that were exciting and innovative and that resonated with me as an Indigenous reader: the powerful female warrior protagonist, the belief system underlying the Kyn, the subversion of the 'boldly go where no man has gone before' tropes, the way that gender and sexuality are portrayed in such a natural and accepting way that is consistent with Indigenous cultural concepts, the power of the natural and supernatural. I felt validated and excited by all of that. I was also awed by the depth and magnitude of the world Daniel created in such incredible detail. It feels real and alive. When I finished reading it I remember thinking that it was why I started Kegedonce Press -- to provide a stage for beautiful, inspiring, Indigenous literature that is grounded in Indigeneity, that decolonizes, and that is meticulously and lovingly crafted."
--Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, founder of Kegedonce Press.  

Angel Wing Splash Pattern by Richard Van Camp

Explore the healing going on in Indian country. There is pain in these stories and there is loss. There is death, but there is also rebirth, and there is always the search from each of the narrators for personal truth. Readers will recognize Larry Sole from The Lesser Blessed in his story "How I Saved Christmas," and there are new voices here, new secrets from new characters in communities across the north and the south, yet they are all linked by themes of hope, the spirit of friendship, and hunger. 

Angel Wing Splash Pattern is a Canadian National Bestseller.

Author Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. He is a graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's Creative Writing BFA Program, and the Master's Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. He is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author of 22 books. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a feature film with First Generation Films and premiered in September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

Praise for Angel Wing Splash Pattern

“The depth of Richard's writing is phenomenal." - Carol Rose Daniels, author of Bearskin Diary.

 "Richard Van Camp uncovers truths in his fiction, his work so electric alive with human experience it sings and hollers, whispers seductively, cries, moans, chuckles. His voice is young and old at the same time, the double vision of a deep talent, a fearless intellect. His stories are a new territory of his own making, a powerful place of sex and love and compassion and forgiveness." - Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer and Roofwalker

 "Van Camp has a real respect for the sacred and the profane in these close-to-the-bone stories. People take on their difficult lives with spunk and a sense of humour, and, perhaps more importantly, he engenders an irrepressible sense of hope where the prognosis might otherwise be bleak." - Malahat Review Fall 2002 issue by Lucy Bashford.


  • 2015
    • R. Ross Arnett Award for Children's Literature for Little You
  • 2013
    • Georges Bugnet award for Godless but Loyal to Heaven (Enfield & Wizenty)
  • 2012
    • Northern Journal's "News-maker of the Year"
    • Up Here Magazine's "Northerner of the Year"
  • 2006 - 2007
    • Wordcraft Storyteller of the Year for "The Greatest Storytelling in Canada and the US" at the annual Returning the Gift conference held at Michigan State University by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers
  • 2001
    • Jugendileraturpries Award, the highest award for a translation awarded by the German government for The Lesser Blessed (Translated by Ulrich Plezdorf)
  • 1999 - 2000
    • Canadian Children's Book Center "Our Choice" recommended list For What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses
  • 1999
    • Writer of the Year Award for Children's Literature by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for A Man Called Raven
  • 1997
    • Canadian Authors Association Air Canada Award, honoring a young (under 30) Canadian writer deemed to show the most promise for the future in the field of literary creation 


  • 2013
    • Finalist for the Western Magazine for the short story "Devotion"
  • 2010
    • ReLit Award for The Moon of Letting Go
    • Western Magazine Award, nominated by Prairie Fire for the short story "Dypthia”



Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:56

25th Anniversary September Retrospective

The Anishinaubemowin Series, by Basil Johnston.

            The Gift of the Stars and Living In Harmony

The Gift of the Stars
Before books there was the land. It taught our ancestors what they needed to know in order to survive, it challenged our ancestors to use what they had learned to edify their spirits, souls, hearts and mind. What they learned was revelation.               --Basil H. Johnston.

The Gift of the Stars is a remarkable and remarkably beautiful collection of children’s tales, based in the sacred stories of the Anishinaubek. But it does not stop there, with the telling of stories. This book is also an important repository for the study and preservation of the Anishinaubemowin language. The stories appear in English as well as Anishinaubemowin, and are accompanied by simple vocabulary lists to aid readers of just about any age in the learning of this extraordinary language. Recommended ages: 6–12.

Living in Harmony 
In our ancestors’ ancient society there was only one abiding principle that governed all of life, whatever species; plants, insects, birds, animals, fish and humans, and that was “live in harmony.” … Be of good kinship or respect one another as ought next of kin or be of good will. The stories [in Living in Harmony] set down and reflect our ancestors thoughts on what set off one species against another when onece the sense of kinship held them together as members of a closer knit family.                --Basil H. Johnston

Living in Harmony is the second collection of children’s stories in the Anishinaubemowin series. Like The Gift of the Stars, its stories appear in both English and Anishinaubemowin, and short vocabulary lists appear throughout. A beautiful collection of sacred stories in the style of Aesop’s Fables, Living in Harmony is an important contribution to the preservation of Anishinaube culture and language. Recommended ages: 6–12.

Basil H. Johnston (1929–2015) was an Ojibway writer, storyteller, language teacher and scholar.
For his work in preserving Ojibwa language and culture, he received the Order of Ontario and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Toronto and Laurentian University. Basil also received the Aboriginal Achievement Award for Heritage and Spirituality. With four books published by Kegedonce Press, he is one of our most beloved authors.

Friday, 31 August 2018 14:00



by Jules Arita Koostachin

To unearth our secrets means we must face our past, and in doing so,
we will find our voice.

Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths delves into the life and the healing of an lnnininew woman from the ancestral lands of the Moshkekowok, now called Northern Ontario. It is through the process of writing broken poetry; visual poetry rooted in the haunting memories of her childhood, that she provides the reader a glimpse into the mind of child survivor who was saved by her ancestors. This thought-provoking poetry sheds light on a personal account of how she comes to terms with intergenerational trauma inflicted by the residential school system. Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths explores the heartfelt and fragmented experiences through the eyes of an Indigenous woman. Through the honesty of her words, she embraces the spirit world, the resilience of her foremothers, the integral healing powers of disassociation as a survival mechanism, and the richness of her mitewin – dreams, which reconnect her to herself. Through her poetry, she has found the courage to face her difficult past, and now as a mother, she is gathering the truths of her family to help in the healing process.


JAK author photo

 Jules Koostachin, owner of VisJuelles Productions Inc., is Cree from Attawapiskat and a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC. She carries extensive experience working in Indigenous community in varying capacities such as counseling, consulting, teaching and management. Jules, also known as a storyteller and digital media maker, works to honour cultural protocols and build relationships within Indigenous community through her media arts practice. Her artistic endeavours are informed by her experience living with her Cree grandparents in northern Ontario. With an energetic and fun onstage presence, Jules presents poetry readings, storytelling, and educational presentations which use her media work to educate on Indigenous realities. Jules lives in Vancouver. Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths is her debut book of poetry, and it was a twenty year journey.


Jules Koostachin's Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths is full of rich poem-stories that feel both ancient and modern at the same time. Urgent, raw and fast-paced, this is a book you'll want to drink up in one sitting.
--Alicia Elliott, 2018 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer.

I met Jules Koostachin when she was a very young mother. I suspected that she was on a journey from earth to some kind of star nation home, and that she was aware that she would have to plough through the earth stories of her life to get there. Imbued in these stories were terrible secrets, filled with awesome and monstrous stories which only the language of the stars could do justice to. This poetry is about that journey. I am inspired by the insistent and patient love that it took to craft this work. I love her love of her mother and because of the largesse of Jules's very soul I can love all her mother’s frailties, her silences and her absences. Jules's love of her mother indicates that she does not differentiate between her earth mother or her human one.  As children, we are here to love our mothers – both of them, earth and human. I love the very Moshkekowok sensibility embedded in these words: star tracks from earth to home, from secrets to  the gathering of family and the Cree Nation.
-- Lee Maracle, author of My Conversations With Canadians.

these poems take back what was stolen by the colonizer: the people’s life and voice, freedom and truth. here is the work of a shapeshifter, transforming the world word by word, teaching us the power of love. not hiding from the brutality of violence against Indigenous women and children, this poet finds strength and resilience in reclaiming language, home and roots. such courage is a gift to our spirits, our ancestors and the ones yet to come.
-- Rita Wong, author of Undercurrent.


Aaron Paquette's fabulous fantasy novel, Lightfinder, won the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature!

"Lightfinderis a brilliantly fresh, enthralling first novel, a novel that I expect will inspire a new generation of young readers both within and far beyond Canada’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. In fact, I’d venture to say Lightfinder will likely be not only a best seller, but a blockbuster that brings to an international generation an indigenous reality and, just maybe, a change to the world." John Richardson, Behind the Hedge. 

Lightfinder is a Young Adult fantasy novel about Aisling , a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows. They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of her own. The story follows the paths of Aisling and Eric, siblings unwittingly thrust into a millennia old struggle for the future of life on earth. It deals with growing up, love and loss, and the choices life puts in our path. Love and confusion are in store, as are loss and pain. Things are not always what they seem and danger surrounds them at every turn. Will Raven's mysterious purposes prevail? With darkness closing in how will they find the light to guide them? Will Aisling find Eric in time? Set in the Alberta landscape with references to real-world challenges faced by youth today, Lightfinder has proven to be a hit with young adults and adults alike. Lightfinder spent over 60 days in Amazon's Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels in 2014, and a fourth printing was ordered within the first year of the book's release due to popular demand. Written & illustrated by Aaron Paquette.


"With an artist's eye and a storyteller's soaring imagination, Aaron Paquette has written a page-turner. I found myself rooting hard for Aisling, Eric and their beloved Kokum. This book is a hugely engaging cautionary tale: the stakes are high if we keep giving in to our appetites. But there is great light in Lightfinder. Congratulations, Aaron, on this strong debut." Shelagh Rogers, O.C., CBC Radio. 

Also available as an e-book on Kobo.



With Lesley Belleau's recent win of the League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her collection, Indianland, we look back at her book, The Colour of Dried Bones, published by Kegedonce in 2008.

This beautifully written book is a collection of interconnected short stories that are told primarily through the eyes of a young Aninshinaabe woman struggling with her relationships with lovers, friends, family, children, community and culture. As some relationships dissolve or are wrenched apart, others endure and gain strength. An intimate glimpse into the reality faced by many young First Nations women, The Colour of Dried Bones is by turns dark and brooding, sensual and filled with intense longing, infused with anger and brutality and, ulitmately, uplifiting in its portrayal of one woman's winding path to reclaim her culture and sense of self.

Important stories told in beautiful prose through the experiences of profoundly real characters. 

"And at midnights like these, I don't know what to do. With fathers. With long drawn-out days that fall into fogginess, leaving me emptied, sucked dry. With signing my name at the bottom of papers, forgetting to read what is on the top. With school work. With empty cupboards. Wtih mechanics who say to get rid of it, that it's not worth it to try to fix again. With hot foreheads in the middle of the night. With screaming in-laws. With mothers who think that I am the strong one. With my sister's laundry. With Sundays. And with a soft-eyed man who maybe I could love."   --Lesley Belleau, The Colour of Dried Bones

Jules Arita Koostachin is a  filmmaker, scholar, storyteller, and most recently, a poet. Her collection of poetry, Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths, will be released this summer by Kegedonce Press.

Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths delves into the life and the healing of an lnnininew woman from the ancestral lands of the Moshkekowok, now called Northern Ontario. It is through the process of writing broken poetry—visual poetry rooted in the haunting memories of her childhood—that she provides the reader a glimpse into the mind of a child survivor who was saved by her ancestors. This thought-provoking poetry sheds light on a personal account of how she comes to terms with intergenerational trauma inflicted by the residential school system.

Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths is her first book of poetry, and was a twenty year journey.

Welcome, Jules, to the Kegedonce family!

Think Indian is a collection of essays by Basil Johnston, one of Kegedonce’s most beloved and prolific writers. Originally published in 2011, Think Indian has been reprinted this year.

Johnston was an author, elder, cultural philosopher, historian, teacher, university lecturer, and linguist. He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1989 for his work in preserving Ojibwe/Anishinaabe culture. He was also awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992, the Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award in 2003 and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Heritage and Spirituality in 2004. He passed away at age 86 in 2015.

In Think Indian, Johnston eloquently argues that understanding a people and their culture is very much dependent on understanding their language. For the Anishinaabek themselves, preserving their language and gaining fluency in it is a matter of knowing themselves.

While described as a collection of essays, the chapters of this book flow from history and reflections on language into the deeply moving legends of the Anishinaabek. They therefore preserve story and culture, as well as the insights of a remarkable elder, author, and educator. Think Indian confidently straddles the line between non-fiction and fiction, education and mythology.

Think Indian is a truly enjoyable and informative read, and a vital contribution to the preservation of Anishinaabe culture.

Read a review in Canadian Literature here

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