Canadian Indigenous Creation Stories

This collection of resources helps you delve into and explore the creation stories from different indigenous peoples of Canada. Spirituality, sacredness, and a deep connection to the land are at the centre of these myths about how the world came into being and how human beings are to behave in it.




Discover the wonder and beauty of these creation stories through this list of highly acclaimed books, all of which are available free of charge through the Winnipeg Public Library.

The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King

Winner of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction! Filled with brilliant characters, trademark wit, wordplay and a thorough knowledge of native myth and story-telling, this novel is a masterpiece by one of our most important writers.

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Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories by Jill Doerfler

This ground-breaking anthology features twenty-four contributors who utilize creative and critical approaches to propose that this people's stories carry dynamic answers to questions posed within Anishinaabeg communities, nations, and the world at large. Examining a range of stories and storytellers across time and space, each contributor explores how narratives form a cultural, political, and historical foundation for Anishinaabeg Studies. Written by Anishinaabeg and non-Anishinaabeg scholars, storytellers, and activists, these essays draw upon the power of cultural expression to illustrate active and ongoing senses of Anishinaabeg life.

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Legends of my people, the great Ojibway by Norval Morrisseau

Tells of the beliefs, tales and legends of the great Ojibway nation of Lake Nipigon and the Thunder Bay district. Illustrated with Morriseau's bold and distinctive drawings.

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Thank you to Marianne Farag for creating this curated selection of self-study resources.