Gangs: Deal With It Before Wrong Seems Right is the 2012 title in the Deal With It Series created to assist adolescents with everyday conflicts in their lives and promotes peaceful resolution. This title examines how students can deal with the negative influences of gangs and understand the difference between groups and gangs. Quizzes, comics, and graphic novel-style illustration help make this an engaging and accessible way to approach a difficult-to-address problem.
Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives is a children's picture book developed by the Penticton Indian Band Health Department to teach young children about the choices they can make to live healthy. David is a young boy who becomes afraid because his auntie is yelling. David talks to his mother and she gently provides an explanation for auntie's behavior. Auntie has been drinking and her poor choice to drink results in confusion and scary behavior. David asks his mother several questions about smoking and taking drugs. He learns that these are drugs that can hurt a person's body in many ways.
Living Safe, Playing Safe is a children's picture book developed by the Penticton Indian Band Health Department to teach young children about the choices they can make to live healthy. This book in the Caring for Me series discusses ways children can have fun at play and remain safe. Several scenarios make up this book. Several young children play safe in a variety of settings including travelling in a car, in the school playground, and in the kitchen. Riding in a car, the child remembers to buckle the seatbelt.
Pocahontas by Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac presents in historical fiction format the two perspectives of the 1607 encounter between the Powhatan Nation and the English settlers in Jamestown, Virginia. Pre-teen Pocahontas begins the story with an explanation of her name as it is understood by her family and how the Coatmen (English) understand the meaning of her name. She describes her family and her culture. The next chapter is told from the perspective of John Smith. And so the novel proceeds with alternating voices about this historical period.
Taking Care of Mother Earth is a children's picture book developed by the Penticton Indian Band Health Department to teach young children about the choices they can make to help care for the environment. The project develops materials that all children can use that will empower them to make healthy choices. This 8-page, illustrated book tells the simple story of a young boy who assists his grandmother in the kitchen and in the garden. Charlie helps his grandmother as she prepares to preserve healthy fruit such as peaches.
Code Talker: A Novel About The Navajo Marines of World War Two is an historical novel about a Navajo man who endured boarding school (residential school) to become a United States Marine during World War 2. Renowned Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac weaves a quiet but engaging story where the Code Talker tells his grandchildren about the history of his wartime medal. The story begins as the narrator tells about his childhood on the Navajo Reservation.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher The Lost Island short story was originally published in Emily Pauline Johnson's Legends of Vancouver (1911). These stories were adapted by Pauline Johnson from the original legends and stories recounted by Chief Joe Capilano. This recent picture book, The Lost Island, combines watercolour images created by Bulgarian artist Atanas Matsoureff with the short story. The language of the original story remains unchanged.
Growing Up Native American: An Anthology, edited by Patricia Riley is a collection of book excerpts, essays, and short stories by twenty-two Native American and First Nations authors who write about their experiences growing up in North America. From fifteen nations these writers talk about learning English, attending residential school or boarding school, identity, cultural traditions, family, community, oppression, racism, and stereotypes.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Winona LaDuke: Restoring Land and Culture in Native America is a biography of Ojibwe activist and environmentalist Winona LaDuke. This title is part of the excellent Women Changing the World series published by the Feminist Press. Winona LaDuke is a multi-talented Ojibwe woman from the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Her career as environmentalist and Native American activist has taken her across North America to issues involving Indigenous Peoples from James Bay, the St. Lawrence River, and her home community.
Treaty Elders of Saskatchewan: Our Dream is That Our Peoples Will One Day Be Clearly Recognized as Nations examines the treaty relationship in Saskatchewan as understood by the Elders. After interviewing 160 Saskatchewan Elders, the authors have organized the findings into understandings of the spiritual principles of peace and sharing as these make up the concepts of kinship, governance, and right to livelihood.