Indigenous Heritage

Indigenous Heritage Book List

Below are a selection of fiction and non-fiction books on indigenous topics and/or by indigenous authors for various age levels.

Recommended Reading Lists

Vancouver Public Library

Government of Canada Indigenous Reading List

  • Books for Adults

    21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph

    Call Me Indian: From The Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL’s First Indigenous Player by Fred Sasakamoose

    Five Little Indians: A Novel by Michelle Good

    From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle

    Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid

    “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power by Jody Wilson-raybould

    Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

    Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School by Celia Baig-Brown

    Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga

    Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

    The North-West is Our Mother by Jean Teillet

    The Strangers by Katherena Vermette

    They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars

    Treaty # by Armand Garnet Ruffo

    The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

  • Books for Children

    A Stranger At Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes

    A Walk on the Tundra by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler, illustrated by Qin Leng

    Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt, illustrated by Amanda Strong

    Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd

    Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull  by Nancy Mike, illustrated by Charlene Chua

    Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes

    Kits, Cubs and Calves: An Arctic Summer by Suzie Napayok-Short, illustrated by Tamara Campeau

    I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Depuis and Kathy Kacer, ilustrated by Gillian Newland

    Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

    Phyllis’s Orange Shirt and Phyliss’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol

    Secret Path by Gord Downie, illustrated by Jeff Lemire

    Stolen Words by Melanie Florence, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

    Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave

    Shin-Chi’s Canoe by Nicola Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave

    When I was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

    When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett

  • Books for Young Adults

    Dear Canada: These Are My Words by Ruby Slipperjack

    Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones

    He Who Dreams by Melanie Florence

    My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling

    Pemmican Wars (A Girl Called Echo) by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson and colouring by Donovan Yaciuk

    Speaking our Truths by Monique Gray Smith

    The Mask That Sang by Susan Currie

    The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

    Will I See? by David Alexander Robertson