A Big Mistake is a picture book by Richelle Lovegrove for Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre. With illustrations by Amber Green the book explores friendship, gifts and generosity. When Summer’s best friend compliments the necklace her kokum (grandmother) gave her, she remembers her Elder’s teaching and gives the necklace away. But when her kokum comes over for supper, Summer worries that she made a big mistake by giving away such a special gift. The girl began to worry about giving kokum's special necklace away to her friend.
Anishinaabemowin Alphabet is a 30-page Ojibwe language resource published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Author Wanda Barker uses the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Double Vowel writing system. Combined with pencil drawings by Nicole Mange language teachers can use the book to learn the alphabet and words associated with each letter symbol.
Treaty Tales 3: We Are All Treaty People is volume three in the treaty trilogy produced by educators at Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre for students in Manitoba. In We Are All Treaty People explains in picture book format the importance of treaties for First Nations and all Canadians. Told as a story about Neepin and her grandmother, Kookoo the book shows children, parents and elders gathered around a campfire. Grandmother explains how treaties were signed with newcomers and how First Nations agreed to share the land.
These are a collection of 20 stories, dictated in 1941 to Leonard Bloomfield's linguistics class, edited from manuscripts now in the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution, and published for the first time in Ojibwe, with English translations by Bloomfield. Ojibwe-English glossary and other linguistic study aids. Angeline Williams, the narrator of these texts, was born at Manistique, Michigan, on the upper peninsula of Michigan. Her home when she worked on these texts was at Sugar Island just east of Sault Ste. Marie.
Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird is an innovative and rich biography of this charismatic and troubled figure. Drawing upon years of extensive research, including interviews with Morrisseau himself, Ojibwe poet and author Armand Garnet Ruffo evokes the artist's life from childhood to death, in all its vivid triumphs and tragedies: his first solo and breakthrough exhibition at the Pollock Gallery in Toronto; his legendary Garden Party where he and his agent Jack Pollock flew a coterie of critics and patrons from Toronto to remote Beardmore for an afternoon tea party.
Little Butterfly Girl: An Indian Residential School Story is a picture book produced by the Union of Ontario Indians based on an original account by Jenny Restoule-Mallozzi. With original colour illustrations by Donald Chretien, this story recounts the experiences of an Ojibwe child forced to attend residential school. The tragic account is brought full-circle when Mary begins her healing journey with encouragement from her family.
Dakota Talks about Treaties is an 8-page illustrated resource about the importance of treaties for Indigenous students as well as non-Indigenous readers. Told from Dakota's perspective the book begins as Dakota gives a speech to her classmates. She recounts her family's trip to a celebration of the Treaty of Niagara in Niagara Falls. This is where Dakota saw wampum belts and heard speeches about the history of this treaty. She also explained to her class that the treaties are living agreements and sacred promises.
Alex Shares His Wampum Belt is an eight page illustrated book from Union of Ontario Indians and the importance of wampum belts and treaties for primary level students. Kelly Crawford wrote this information book about a First Nation student named Alex and his inspiration to create a wampum belt from his Lego blocks. The boy explains that treaty belts are made from wampum and they represent promises made to last. The wampum belt Alex made symbolizes the Treaty of Niagara agreement. Real wampum beads are made from white and purple shells.
The Water Walker is a celebration of a determined Ojibwe grandmother Nokomis Josephine and her love for water nibi. Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men, and youth, have walked around all the Great Lakes from the four salt waters, or oceans, to Lake Superior. The walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.