This colouring book is part of the Connecting with Our First Family / gaa-izhi-azhenaadiziyang nindinimaaganinaan: series. This book is published by TakingITGlobal Connected North program in partnership with Indigenous Artist and Visual Story Teller, Nyle Johnston of Miigizi Creations. The purpose of the project is to support students and educators in the process of understanding the Anishinaabe Nation, strengthening identity and culture, Ojibwe language revitalization and community development.
Sus Yoo / The Bear's Medicine is written and illustrated by Clayton Gauthier and is a dual language children’s book in English and Dakelh. It has been translated by Danny Alexis and Theresa Austin. Like Clayton Gauthier’s The Salmon Run, Sus Yoo / The Bear’s Medicine is part of the Schchechmala Children’s Series published by Theytus Books. This book, through the life of bear, is about sun and light, breath and life, mountains and medicine, water, trees, grass, roots and seasons, stars and the Grandfathers, to name a few.
The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership by Ernie Louttit is the author’s story of his life as a police officer and later as an author and leader. Acknowledging what has been lost and what can still be gained or recovered in traditional learning, Louttit’s adds that young people will be champions of this new learning – oral traditions of storytelling in the midst of new media but what is taken from it will challenge how well we are grounded in what we value and believe.
Spirit Bear : pêcher le savoir, attraper des rêves / Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams, written by Cindy Blackstock and illustrated by Amanda Strong, is based on the story of Shannen Koostachin and her dream for safe and comfy schools for every First Nations student in Canada.
tawâw, progressive Indigenous cuisine, by Shane Chartrand, Cree/Metis/Mi'kmaw, is the result of his years spent years learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that show his diverse interest and unique personality. This book contains 75 recipes and is part cookbook, part exploration of ingredients and techniques. tawâw is filled with ideas, education, recipes and inspiration.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
Just Lucky by Cree/Scottish author Melanie Florence is the story of Lucky, a teen who tries to find home again with the help of her friend, Ryan and her Grandma. A number of events leaves Lucky in the hands of Children’s Aid. She is moved between foster homes and school districts, all the while trying to fit in under difficult circumstances. Her foster home experiences are a mix of bad and better ones. Just Lucky weaves friendship, bullying, family and loss with love, patience and responsibility.
In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott, Dane-Zaa and Metis/Cree is a three part memoir in her dreamless void, the in-between and the healing. The memoir follows the life of Helen Knott through her childhood, describing life during school especially after eighth grade, and as a young woman on her red road journey through rape, alcoholism and drug addiction. It is her journey of darkness through which she questions her selfhood, ancestry, faith, and existence.
Clifford by Harold R. Johnson, a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, is dedicated to Harold Johnson’s older brother, Clifford Melton Johnson. Clifford is a memoir based on fact, fiction, and stories. The story begins in northern Saskatchewan on a highway construction project, where a Swedish/Sami immigrant and Cree, Nihiyithaw woman meet in the early 1900s. The story follows the lives of the Johnson family but especially the author and his brother, Clifford, and their discussions premised on their rational minds and internal messages.