Valentine’s Day at Xwi7xwa

Happy Valentine’s Day from your librarians at Xwi7xwa! We have rounded up some fun reads surrounding topics of love, care, and romance. Have you checked our our fiction section or poetry section yet? We have lots of choices for you when you want to take a step back from academic texts. Come in to the library and ask one of our librarians for some of their favourites!

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse; illustrated by Barbara Lavallee is a children’s book where the mother explains just how unconditional her love is for her child. This book features great depictions of Arctic animals and Inuit life.

#IndianLovePoems: Poems by Tenille K. Campbell dives into stories of love and lust from all across Canada, illustrating the depth of emotions that come when sex, culture, and race is mixed with love, lust, and relationships.

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time : An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology edited by Hope Nicholson is a collection of science fiction and urban fantasy stories starring First Nation and Métis folks.

Critically sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies edited by Joanne Barker traces the ways that gender is intrinsically tied to Indigenous politics and colonialism.

Sacred Wilderness by Susan Power follows the lives of four women that are clan mothers from different time periods and different backgrounds that risk their hearts and lives for love of family, relationships, and life.

Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories & Songs by Leanne Simpson writes short stories of Indigenous Peoples and Communities learning to live loving and observant lives where at the same time struggling to survive the historical and ongoing injustices of colonialism.

I Love My Skin by Terry Haines is a film on how First Nation children learn to love and accept themselves in a society that can make them feel less than.

Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica collected and edited by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is an anthology of poetry and prose by Indigenous writers from Canada, New Zealand, America, and Australia including well known authors like Maria Campbell and Sherman Alexie.

I Loved Her by Shezza Ansloos; illustrations by Kimberly McKay-Fleming is a children’s book of a young girl reflecting on the love and friendship she has with her grandmother.

Spirits, Fairies, and Merpeople: Native Stories of Other Worlds by C.J. Taylor are tales of enduring love and the struggles of life told through tales written for all ages.

Me Sexy: an Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality compiled & edited by Drew Hayden Taylor is a book filled with humorous essays was complied to show a fun and sexy side, because so much of fiction that features Indigenous Peoples end up focusing on aspects of kidnapping, rape, and assault.

First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style by Lee Maracle (available online) are short stories that offers a glimpse into the love life of a university professor, a single mom, and an activist that are tied together through their Coast Salish background.