Miles Morrisseau
Special to Indian Country Today

It had been too long since Raeann Brown had been home and she wanted to keep her children connected to their Indigenous community.

The Inuk from Nunatsiavut was always a storyteller who enjoyed creating stories and bringing them to life with doodles and sketches. It wasn't something that she took very seriously, however, as she focused instead on building her business and her young family.

She had been planning a trip to her traditional home on the northeast coast of Newfoundland with her family when the pandemic hit. When the world stopped, she began to look once again at her passion for telling stories.

“I got the opportunity, I guess, to sit down and be creative again,“ she told Indian Country Today from her home in Labrador City, Newfoundland, Canada. “Everything kind of stopped. My daughters are small. So I thought, what better way (than) to put Nunatsiavut in a story for them?”

The resulting children’s book, “Bedtime in Nunatsiavut,” is being published by Arsenal Pulp Press and will be available on April 26.

A mother’s tale

The tale revolves around an Inuk mother talking to her son at bedtime and the power of dreams.

As the child imagines flying like a bird he can also see their home and family far away. It is illustrated by Brown’s fanciful illustrations that highlight the natural beauty of her home territory and the close connection between mother and child.