About the Author

Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation 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. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a movie with First Generation Films and premiered in September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is the author of four collections of short stories, Angel Wing Splash Pattern, The Moon of Letting Go, Godless but Loyal to Heaven and Night Moves, as well as two children's books with Cree artist, George Littlechild: A Man Called Raven and What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?His first baby book, Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, was the official selection of the Books for BC Babies program and was given to every newborn baby in British Columbia in 2008. Richard followed this up with another board book: Nighty-Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies. His third book for babies, Little You, is now out with Orca Book Publishers. The amazing Julie Flett is the artist. Little You is published in Bush Cree, Dene and South Slavey, courtesy of the South Slave Divisional Board of Education. His new book for babies with Julie Flett is called "We Sang You Home" and it is gorgeous!All of Richard Van Camp's children's books are available in Braille for free, anywhere in the world, courtesy of the Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) and Accessible Resource Centre-British Columbia (ARC-BC)Richard has six graphic novels and comic books out: his first comic book on deterring youth away from gangs, Path of the Warrior, is published with Cree artist, Steve Sanderson, through the Healthy Aboriginal Network. His second comic book on sexual health is Kiss Me Deadly, with Haida artist Chris Auchter. His four graphic novels are Three Feathers (published in Bush Cree, Dene, South Slavey and English, illustrated by Krystal Mateus, on restorative justice; The Eisner Award Nominated A Blanket of Butterflies, on the theme of peace making, illustrated by Scott Henderson, The Blue Raven, illustrated by Steve Sanderson on mental health, and Spirit, a suicide prevention comic book illustrated by Emily Brown (which is also published in Bush Cree, Dene, and South Slavey and English).

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Anetséleh

Anetséleh

Little You - South Slavey edition
by Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:eBook
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Coming Home

Coming Home

Stories from the Northwest Territories
edition:Paperback
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Gather

Gather

Richard Van Camp on Storytelling
edition:Paperback
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Kiss by Kiss / Ocêtôwina

Kiss by Kiss / Ocêtôwina

A Counting Book for Families
edition:Hardcover
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Kitapisîsisin

Kitapisîsisin

Little You - Bush Cree edition
by Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
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Lesser Blessed

Lesser Blessed

edition:Paperback
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Little You

Little You

by Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover
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Little you
little wonder

Little wish
gentle thunder

You are mighty
you are small

You are ours
after all

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Little You / Kitapisîsin

Little You / Kitapisîsin

Little You - Bush Cree edition
by Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
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Little You / Kîya-K’apisîsisîyân

Little You / Kîya-K’apisîsisîyân

by Richard Van Camp
translated by Mary Collins
illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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Moccasin Square Gardens

Moccasin Square Gardens

Short Stories
edition:Paperback
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Nën Nechíle

Nën Nechíle

Little You - Chipewyan edition
by Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
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Nighty-Night

Nighty-Night

A Bedtime Song for Babies
edition:Hardcover
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Sonny Assu

Sonny Assu

A Selective History
edition:Paperback
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The Lesser Blessed

The Lesser Blessed

edition:Paperback
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The Moon of Letting Go

The Moon of Letting Go

and Other Stories
edition:Hardcover
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This Place
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I have never liked the phrase, “History is written by the victors.” I understand the idea behind it – that those in power will tell and retell stories in whatever ways flatter them best, until those stories harden into something called “history.” But just because stories are unwritten for a time, doesn’t mean they’ll be unwritten forever. And just because stories don’t get written down, doesn’t mean they’re ever lost. We carry them in our minds, our hearts, our very bones. We honour them by passing them on, letting them live on in others, too.

That’s exactly what this anthology does. It takes stories our people have been forced to pass on quietly, to whisper behind hands like secrets, and retells them loudly and unapologetically for our people today. It finally puts our people front and centre on our own lands. Inside these pages are the incredible, hilarious heroics of Annie Bannatyne, who refused to let settlers disrespect Metis women in Red River. There’s the heartbreaking, necessary tale of Nimkii and Teddy, heroic youth in care who fight trauma and colonialism as hard as they possibly can in impossible circumstances. And there are many more—all important, all enlightening. All of these stories deserve to be retold, remembered and held close.

As I was reading, I thought a lot about the idea of apocalypse, or the end of the world as we know it. Indigenous writers have pointed out that, as Indigenous people, we all live in a post-apocalyptic world. The world as we knew it ended the moment colonialism started to creep across these lands. But we have continued to tell our stories, we have continued to adapt. Despite everything, we have survived.

Every Indigenous person’s story is, in a way, a tale of overcoming apocalypse. The Canadian laws and policies outlined at the beginning of each story have tried their hardest to beat us down, to force us to assimilate and give up our culture, yet here we are. We have survived the apocalypse. When you think about it that way, every Indigenous person is a hero simply for existing. The people named in these stories are all heroes, inspired by love of their people and culture to do amazing, brave things—but so are the unnamed people who raised them, who taught them, who supported them and stood with them. Our communities are full of heroes.

That’s why this anthology is so beautiful and so important. It tells tales of resistance, of leadership, of wonder and pain, of pasts we must remember and futures we must keep striving towards, planting each story like a seed deep inside of us. It’s our responsibility as readers to carry and nourish those seeds, letting them grow inside as we go on to create our own stories, live our own lives, and become our own heroes. As you read, consider: how are you a hero already? And what will your story be?

—Alicia Elliott

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We Sang You Home

We Sang You Home

by Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
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We Sang You Home / Ka Kîweh Nikâmôstamâtinân

We Sang You Home / Ka Kîweh Nikâmôstamâtinân

by Richard Van Camp
translated by Mary Cardinal Collins
illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:Paperback
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Welcome Song for Baby

Welcome Song for Baby

edition:eBook
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Welcome Song for Baby / Ni Nikamon ‘Tawâw Nipepîmis’

Welcome Song for Baby / Ni Nikamon ‘Tawâw Nipepîmis’

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Welcome Song for Baby Read-Along
Excerpt

Hey ya hey
Hey ya hey
Hey ya hey
Dear one
Cherished one
Loved one
You have made the world beautiful again.

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