Inspired by moments that shaped this country and its people, in nine stories of striking beauty and originality, Aboriginal voices bring to life a new vision of our history in ways that are often unexpected - and always moving.
Tomson Highway looks back to 1960, the year Aboriginal Canadians were granted the vote, and poignantly captures eight-year-old Daniel Daylight's simple but defiant gesture against racism. In "Skraeling," Rachel A. Qitsualik transports us to the frightening first meeting between three very different cultures on Baffin Island in W AD, in a time before this land was named. Thomas King's witty and powerful story "Coyote and the Enemy Alien" confronts the Japanese internment in Canada during the Second World War. And Brian Maracle depicts a moment that crystallizes the charachter and beliefs in a wonderous re-imagining of their creation myth.
Our Story brings together an impressive array of voices and perspectives - Cherokee, Cree, Inuit, Mohawk, Ojibway, and Salish to name just a few - from across the country and across the spectrum of First Nations. These are the novelists, playwrights, journalists, activists, and artists whose work is both aboriginal and uniquely Canadian.
Together they explore and articulate their peoples' experience of our country's history, and with insight, imagination, and humour connect all Canadians with the forces and experiences that have made us who we are.
Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada's Past
Rachel A. Qitsualik,
Drew Hayden Taylor