In Our Own Aboriginal Voice 2

A Collection of Indigenous Authors and Artists in Canada

In Our Own Aboriginal Voice 2 is a collection of short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by Indigenous writers from across Canada, plus original Indigenous artwork. This anthology contains the work of established authors such as the late Connie Fife, and up-and-coming Aboriginal authors to watch out for (according to CBC Books) Joanne Arnott, Michelle Sylliboy, and Dennis Saddleman, as well as emerging writers from across Canada, who shine a light on the lives of Indigenous Peoples living in Canada.

The Indigenous selection committee included author Richard Van Camp. Foreword by former Chief, Edmund Metatawabin-appointed to the Order of Canada, author of Up Ghost River: A Chief ’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History.

Contributors

Michael Calvert

Michael is a member of the Mid-Island Métis Nation. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have been published in various magazines. Michael won the Pat Bevan Award for fiction writing in 2012 and a Meadowlarks Award for a promising body of fiction work. His fiction piece “Flood Damage” placed second in the In Our Own Aboriginal Voice 2016 writing contest. This year, his short story “All My Relations” won first place for fiction in In Our Own Aboriginal Voice 2. Michael has taught in the Creative Writing & Journalism department at Vancouver Island University and currently teaches First Peoples Literature and Composition at Vancouver Island University.

Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
Foreword
4 $0.40
Introduction
2 $0.20
Taken from their isolated reserve in Fort Ware, BC by Canada Welfare during the 60s Scoop, the Smaaslet brothers, Jerry and Ernie, were relocated to white foster care in Prince George, BC. They …
9 $0.90
A poem describing a smudging ceremony.
2 $0.20
A poem describing the many uses of the cedar tree and the connection it forms between the author and her ancestors.
2 $0.20
A short story describing a ritual taking place along a shoreline.
5 $0.50
A poem describing a church.
1 $0.10
A poem describing the author’s experience at a residential school.
5 $0.50
A poem exploring the relationship between life and thought.
2 $0.20
A short story describing a girl attempting to escape from a residential school.
3 $0.30
A poem describing the author’s grandmother.
1 $0.10
A short story in which a woman thanks her mother for the sacrifices she made while raising her.
3 $0.30
A woman recalls memories of her grandparents.
3 $0.30
A short story about a boy from a rural community going hunting to prove himself to his community.
4 $0.40
A poem in which the author describes how Indigenous identity is regulated and quantified by the government and how that dehumanizes indigenous people.
2 $0.20
Poem about the author’s relationship with boundaries.
1 $0.10
A poem about the author and her grandmother sharing in traditional wisdom.
2 $0.20
An essay exploring the author’s understanding of aboriginal identity.
3 $0.30
A poem about a First Nation’s family and the challenges they face.
2 $0.20
A poem about an Indigenous person struggling with their identity.
3 $0.30
A collaboratively written coming-of-age story about an Indigenous boy finding his identity.
6 $0.60
A poem about the role of prayer.
2 $0.20
A poem about the resilience of Indigenous identity.
2 $0.20
A short story about the author participating in a ritual.
5 $0.50
A poem about the Indian Act
2 $0.20
A poem in which the author describes a pair of mittens in detail.
3 $0.30
A poem about the ongoing trauma experienced by Indigenous people.
3 $0.30
A short story about how social systems fail to support Indigenous children.
5 $0.50
A poem about the author expressing regret to a friend
1 $0.10
A short story about a woman returning home for the first time and reconnecting with her community.
7 $0.70
Two traditional prayers for opening and closing a ceremony.
2 $0.20
A short story about a woman feeling disconnected from her community before participating in a sacred fire ritual.
5 $0.50
A poem in which the author describes how the public school system takes away the language and culture of Indigenous people.
3 $0.30
A short meditation on the interconnectedness of nature.
1 $0.10
An essay about the impact of the residential school system and a tribute to the survivors.
5 $0.50
A poem about the wind.
2 $0.20
A poem about motherhood and the birth of a child.
2 $0.20
A poem about motherhood and the birth of a child.
1 $0.10
A poem about death and loss.
2 $0.20
A poem about death and loss.
1 $0.10
A short story about an interconnected multigenerational family and the bonds and traditions they share.
7 $0.70
A poem about the growth and change that the author experiences.
1 $0.10