An image that includes a number of seminal Indigenous-authored texts in Canada. We chose an image that features a novel by Joseph Boyden to draw attention to the complex issues of appropriation and identity claims within Canada.
Indigenous literature in Canada is a vibrant cultural practice, beginning with the not unproblematic transcription of orature by European explorers and settlers, winding its way through issues of appropriation by non-Native writers such as W.P. Kinsella, and making its way to the present day with writers such a Thomas King, Jeannette Armstrong, and Eden Robinson. Today, Indigenous literature exists across the genres from sci-fi/fantasy to children's literature to realism. Indigenous writers have recently been gaining a lot of attention through events such as Canada Reads and the recently created Emerging Indigenous Voices Award. The topics covered in works by Indigenous writers include colonialism and its impacts, community, culture and tradition, healing, and humour. Below we have listed a number of articles on Indigenous literature and some exemplary literary texts. However, if you are considering teaching Indigenous literature and would like a more comprehensive picture, please consider consulting with Jessica Langston who has years or research, writing, and teaching in the area.