Canadian Aboriginal Art And Culture: Inuit is one of the titles in Smartbook Media’s series, Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture, published in 2019. Each title in this series provides information about First Nations, Inuit or Metis and is designed for grades five and six. Authors Erinn Banting and John Willis explain how the Inuit ancestors called Thule arrived in Canada’s far north. The book contains 13 short chapters covering the following topics: Inuit, their homes, communities, clothing, and food. This is followed by tools, weapons and defense.
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.
Ukaliq Snow Buntings, Fun for Little Nunavummiut, is a bilingual (English and Inuktitut) activity book about animals of Nunavut filled with opportunities to read, learn and play. This flip book format provides 16 pages in English and 16 pages in Inuktitut. Ukaliq Snow Buntings is published by Inhabit Media, edited by Monica Ittusardjuat (Inuktitut) and Grace Shaw (English) and translated by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier under the art direction of Danny Christopher and Sam Tse.
Fishing in the Summertime is a wordless picture book by Arvaaq Books, an imprint of Inhabit Education. This book is written by Monica Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Anton Kotelenets. In Fishing in the Summertime, the colourful illustrations show a fishing experience. The images show social interactions and enjoyment of the event as fishing skills develop between a child and his father as they go fishing, catch fish, and make pitsi. Wordless picture books help young children develop early book-handling skills and to use vocabulary as they interact with the book.
Making A Qamutiik is a wordless picture book by Arvaaq Books, an imprint of Inhabit Education. This book is written by Monica Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Amanda Sandland. In Making A Qamutiik the colourful illustrations shows the steps to making a qamutiik. It also shows social interactions and enjoyment as the qamutiik takes shape. Wordless picture books help young children develop early book-handling skills and to use vocabulary as they interact with the book.
Arctic Animals Ukiuqtaqtuup Uumajungit includes Inuktitut syllabics and Roman orthography to sound out the words. This is a board book of photographs of Arctic animals and birds such as the ptarmigan, wolf, polar bear, eider duck and many more and is a pleasure to read along with the images. This book will introduce infants and toddlers to the names of Arctic animals.
Let’s Count is a bilingual English and Inuktitut board book. This book is based on a children’s song by Nunavut band, The Jerry Cans, the authors, and helps children count to five. A copy of the recording of the song is available at www.arvaaqbooks.com. The book is illustrated by We Are Together. Each image is accompanied by Inuktitut and English text. The illustrations are colourful and bold and across two pages depicting Arctic birds, animals, and fish. Let’s Count is 7 x 9 inches and slightly larger than the average board book.
Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond by Thomas J. Courchene and published by the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (Queen’s University), is a view forward favouring regional and culturally focused institutions, rather than nationally focused strategies.
The Fox Wife by Beatrice Deer, Inuk singer from Quaqtaq, Quebec and illustrated by D.J. Herron, is an interpretation of a traditional story. In The Fox Wife, a very pretty fox falls from the sky and begins to follow humans – a woman, her husband and two sons – through the seasons. Irniq the oldest son leaves his family and is followed by the fox. Thinking he is dreaming when he returns to his camp to find things different to when he left, he decides to lay a plan to find out who is looking after him. The mystery is resolved shortly after this.