Indigenous Communities in Canada: Nakota Community is an elementary level information book from Beech Street Books about the past and present-day culture and history of the Stoney and Assiniboine (Sioux) people known as the Nakota Nation. Influenced by the climate and land of Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Nakota created complex societies. The text uses colour images and simple content that introduces primary and junior level students to the family, cultural traditions, and daily life of these remarkable people.
Warren Whistles at the Sky is one of the titles from the Under a Blanket of Stars: First Nations Constellations published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in 2016. Written by David A. Robertson with illustrations drawn by Amber Green this 24 page picture book explores the meaning behind an Elder's story about the night sky. Recalling the story the Elder told, Warren goes outdoors at night and sees the sky full of stars. The Elder had said that if you whistle at the stars the spirits would come down from their home in the sky.
Indigenous Communities in Canada: Nisga'a Nation is an elementary level information book from Beech Street Books about the past and present-day culture and history of the Pacific Northwest Coast people known as the Nisga'a Nation. Influenced by the climate and land along the Pacific Coast, the Nisga'a created complex societies. The text uses colour images and simple content that introduces primary and junior level students to the family, cultural traditions, and daily life of these remarkable people.
Welcome Family and Friends to Our Bighouse and Our Kwakwa̲ka̲'wakw Potlatch is a 92-page illustrated book published by Raven Publishing told from the perspective of a twelve-year old who explains the traditions and history of the Kwakwa̲ka̲'wakw potlatch. Educator and author Nella Nelson presents the significance and traditions surrounding the potlatch from her personal experience through her expertise as a teacher.
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.
Harry Okpik, Determined Musher is a non-fiction book that introduces the biography genre while teaching children about the life of Harry Okpik and the history of dogsledding. Meet a real-life Inuit hero. After losing a leg, Harry Okpik thought his dream of being a dog musher was over. Reading Level: R
Traditional Inuit Clothing level 11 introduces children to items of clothing like the parka that they might be familiar with, and uniquely Northern objects like amautis (a style of parka worn by women to carry their infant). Living in the North requires very special clothing to stay warm and move easily over the ice! One of the non-fiction readers, part of the Nunavummi Reading Series. Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: P
Winter in Nunavut, Level 9, is a non-fiction book, that teaches children that even though the days are cold and dark in a Nunavut winter, there are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as snowmobiling, ice fishing, and dogsledding. The 24-page colour photographed reader is ideal for grade 1 and 2 students. this is part of Inhabit Education's Nunavummi Reading Series. Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: K