‘Shoolee – The Early Years’ is about a young girl growing up within the Anishinaabe way of life of hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and knowing the importance of listening and being aware of the land. It is also a response to inspire Anishinaabeg to write about their history, language and culture and to share this. The book is about Shirley or Shoolee as she was also known, her brothers and sisters, father the fisherman and hunter and trapper, and her mother. There are also traditional teachings, making crafts and stories about school, farming.
‘Cottagers and Indians’ is about manoomin, an Anishnawbe ‘good seed’ planted around a lake and which stands above the waterline, but it is also about Gertie, Justin and Marie. The seed causes consternation with cottagers who argue that it is hampering swimming, fishing, boating and property values.
‘Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket’ tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a living work of art conceived by Carey Newman, Hayalthkin'geme, who is a multidisciplinary artist and master carver. In his artistic practice he strives to highlight Indigenous, social or environmental issues. The Witness Blanket includes hundreds of items collected from residential schools across Canada, everything from bricks, photos and letters to hockey skates, dolls and braids.
"Legends and Teachings of Xeel's the Creator by Dr. Ellen Rice White - Kwulasulwut includes a foreword by Dr. Jo-ann Archibald - Q'um Q'um Xiiem. Kwulasulwut was from Snuneymuxw First Nation, a Coast Salish People and in this books tells four traditional stories handed down to her from her grandparents and ancestors of the Coast Salish peoples of the west coast of British Columbia. The stories and the teachings embedded in them help individuals address matters of the heart, mind, body and spirit.
‘Pilleurs de rêves’ Is the French version of ‘The Marrow Thieves’, which won the Governor General's award for Young People’s Literature in 2017 and Winner, 2017 Kirkus Prize Young Readers' Literature. Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The Indigenous peoples of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream.
'Speaking our Truth A Journey of Reconciliation' Teacher Guide is an excellent complement to Speaking Our Truth published in 2017. Embark on your journey of reconciliation in the classroom by using this comprehensive guide to help you build an inquiry-based unit plan focused on Indigenous teachings. Begin the journey by thinking with your heart and packing for your journey with a teacher's checklist, practice ongoing collaborative practices by keeping a reflection journal for example and use daily strategies for meaningful learning.
'Hiraeth' is a 2019 First Nation Communities READ book of poems by Carol Rose Daniels (Cree/Dene). She is a published novelist (Bearskin Diary in 2015), poet, playwright, visual artist and musician. In 'Hiraeth', the reader is drawn to poems of nostalgia, yearning, the grief of lost places, a homesickness for home. Arranged in three sections that weave helpers, abandonment and spirit wisdom, these poems are powerful, a gift. The poems speak to a journey of struggle to find a place to belong and finding it. This is a highly recommended.
Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony developed and authored by father and daughter duo, Robert Davidson and Sara Florence Davidson, especially for educators as a Haida model of learning. This practical 80-page volume is an accessible professional learning guide for teacher candidates as well as seasoned educators. It seeks to promote inquiry-based learning as it provides an inclusive approach to delivering curriculum.
Kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly, a recent anthology is a significant contribution to Indigenous literature by Indigenous writers and storytellers. 'kisiskâciwan', which means it flows swiftly in Cree is where Saskatchewan derives its name but also expresses the sentiment of the work with the ongoing flow of traditions from past into present. This work is a search for Indigenous oral and written traditions. And while some were found in libraries and archives many others were found through conversations with storytellers, writers, elders, and artists.
Perception: A Photo Series is a collection of 32 thought-provoking black and white images of First Nation, Inuit and Métis men and women living in Winnipeg during 2014. This photography and book project was inspired by racist comments made by a non-Indigenous political candidate about Indigenous people. These comments indicated a level of racial discrimination remained active and commonplace in this large urban centre. KC Adams set to work to photograph Indigenous people who volunteered to pose for two photographs.