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Books by Indigenous Authors in Canada to Read Now

While June marks National Indigenous History Month in Canada—a time to honour and recognize the rich culture, heritage, and achievements of Canada's Indigenous people—it's important to educate ourselves on the history of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples all-year-round. Not sure where to start? Browse our collection of books by Indigenous authors for kids, teens, and adults.

Must-Read Books by Indigenous Authors in Canada

From memoir to fiction, these bestsellers from Indigenous Canadian authors provide a glimpse into the experience and history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
This award-winning title—and winner of CBC's 2022 Canada Reads—from Cree author Michelle Good tells the stories of five children confronting the trauma they experienced at residential schools. It's a book that answers the age-old question: "Why can't they just get over it?"

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
A bestseller that aims to help non-Indigenous communities understand the 1876 legal document and the enduring stereotypes it created.

Indian in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould
Canada's first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General shares her experience during her time in the Cabinet, what led her into federal politics, and how she decided to leave.

From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
The debut memoir from Métis-Cree author Jesse Thistle, who was abandoned by his parents as a toddler and struggled with addiction and homelessness as he grew up. A heart-warming and heart-wrenching memoir about intergenerational trauma and perseverance.

The Strangers by Katherena Vermette
An award-winning intergenerational saga that follows a family ripped apart but held together by their strength.

Kids' Books by Indigenous Authors

Get kids involved in learning about the culture and history of Indigenous people in Canada. Find the best children's books by Indigenous authors at Indigo, from vibrant board books to bedtime stories to chapter books, and more.

Teen and Young Adult Books by Indigenous Authors

Discover our edit of teen and young adult books written by Indigenous authors, from critically-acclaimed dystopian page-turners like The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline to fashion books like The Power of Style by Ojibwe writer Christian Allaire, and more.

Books on Residential Schools in Canada

Looking to learn more about residential schools in Canada? Find books that explore the experiences of Indigenous children, families, and communities during this dark time in Canadian history—reads that examine how colonialism has impacted Indigenous people of the past and present. Then, browse our resources to better educate yourself on the history of residential schools in Canada to keep these conversations going.