June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to recognize the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Indigenous Peoples of Canada. It is also an opportunity to learn more about the varied experiences, history, and culture of Indigenous Peoples. To celebrate and learn more about Indigenous cultures, we’ve listed a range of fiction and non-fiction content by Canadian Indigenous authors on Audible.ca.

Take a deep dive into Cherie Demaline’s national bestseller, Empire of Wild, inspired by the traditional Métis story of the Rogarou – a werewolf-like creature that haunts the Métis communities.

Learn about the lasting impacts of church-run residential schools in Xatsu’ll chief, Bev Sellars’, emotional memoir, They Called Me Number One.

Hear Eden Robinson’s humorous, yet heartbreaking coming-of-age tale, Son of a Tricksteror Terese Mailhot’s powerful experiences of her life on a reservation in her award-winning memoir, Heart Berries.

Nonfiction/Memoirs:

From the Ashes

Written and narrated by Jesse Thistle

Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins

From the Ashes is a memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up.

Heart Berries

Written by: Terese Marie Mailhot

Narrated by: Rainy Fields

Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins

Guileless and refreshingly honest, Terese Mailhot’s debut memoir chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on the reservation.

They Called Me Number One

Written and narrated by Bev Sellars

Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins

In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph’s Mission, Sellars breaks her silence about the residential school’s lasting effects on her and her family.

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

Written and narrated by Alicia Elliott

Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins

With deep consideration and searing prose, Elliott provides a candid look at our past, an illuminating portrait of our present, and a powerful tool for a better future.

Seven Fallen Feathers

Written by: Tanya Talaga

Narrated by: Michaela Washburn

Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins

Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist, Tanya Talaga, delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.

Fiction:

Empire of Wild

Written by: Cherie Dimaline

Narrated by: Michelle St. John

Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins

From the author of the YA-crossover hit, The Marrow Thieves, a propulsive, stunning and sensuous novel inspired by the traditional Métis story of the Rogarou – a werewolf-like creature that haunts the roads and woods of Métis communities.

Split Tooth

Written and narrated by Tanya Tagaq

Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins

Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine listeners will never forget. 

Son of a Trickster

Written by: Eden Robinson

Narrated by: Jason Ryll

Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins

With striking originality and precision, Eden Robinson blends humor with heartbreak in this compelling coming-of-age novel. Everyday teen existence meets indigenous beliefs, family dynamics, and cannibalistic river otter…the exciting first novel in her Trickster trilogy.

Moon of the Crusted Snow

Written by: Waubgeshig Rice

Narrated by: Billy Merasty

Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins

A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice. Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

Indian Horse

Written by: Richard Wagamese

Narrated by: Jason Ryll

Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins

Saul Indian Horse is in critical condition. Sitting feeble in an alcoholism treatment facility, he is told that sharing his story will help relieve his agony. Unfolding against the bleak loveliness of Northern Ontario – all rock, marsh, bog, and cedar – this is a singular story of resilience from a beloved storyteller.

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