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About Us

About Us


Portage & Main [Press] is one of the most important and creative publishers in Canada and are doing extraordinary things especially for young Canadian readers. It’s been an honour to include every one of their titles for children and young adults in my column...starting with This Place: 150 Years Retold.
—Jeffrey Canton, columnist for The Globe and Mail

The offices of Portage & Main Press and HighWater Press are located on Treaty 1 Territory as well as the homeland of the Métis Nation.

About Portage & Main Press

Portage & Main Press publishes a wide range of innovative and practical educational resources. Independent, Canadian, and woman-owned since 1967, we support dynamic learning communities by bringing together authors, educators, and K–12 students.

Education shapes the future, and social justice begins with students experiencing and learning from diverse, authentic perspectives. Our books inspire child-centred, inclusive learning while prioritizing Indigenous and marginalized voices. These materials include comprehensive teacher guides, hands-on and inquiry-based resources, and texts to support inclusive classrooms.

Our books are written by subject-area experts and are classroom tested. We listen to teachers’ needs and support not only in-school learning, but also larger conversations that expand the possibilities of educational collaboration and pedagogical methods.

About HighWater Press

HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press, publishes stories by emerging and established Indigenous writers, many of which go on to receive critical acclaim. Our catalogue includes national bestsellers, celebrated modern classics, and genre-expanding works. We are committed to telling stories with lasting impact.

We work to honour and support Indigenous resurgence by amplifying narratives that share joy, creativity, strength, bravery, and community. HighWater Press books feature compelling stories and exceptional production quality with a rich mix of non-fiction, novels, graphic novels, and children’s literature. HighWater Press is dedicated to community, both among authors and storytellers in this territory, and in our extended community of readers who are passionate about authentic storytelling.