Sigwan is a short DVD directed by Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. The story shows a young Native girl named Sigwanis rejected by her classmates who are outdoors listening to a Native storyteller. Sigwanis leaves the group and heads to the woods where she is befriended by bears who explain why she is a valuable person and should return to her family. The bears protect and comfort her over night and the take her back to her family. The bears in this film are portrayed by actors wearing bear masks with long blankets.
Mother of Many Children is a classic film by renowned filmmaker by Alanis Obomsawin. This 57 minute DVD is an album of First Nations womanhood, portraying a proud matriarchal society that for centuries has been pressured to adopt different standards and customs. All of the women featured share a belief in the importance of tradition as a source of strength in the face of change.
Mohawk Girls is a feature-length documentary about three teenage-girls growing up in the Kahnawake Mohawk community, outside of Montreal. Shot over the span of two years, Mohawk filmmaker, Tracey Deer, takes viewers into the lives of these girls and offers a surprising inside look at First Nation youth culture in the 21st century.
Okimah is a detailed documentary by Omuskego Cree filmmaker, Paul Rickard, about a contemporary goose hunt by a Cree family from Moose Factory. Rickard chose to portray the leadership of his father, the Okimah, on this goose hunt. Together with film crew, his parents, brothers and sisters, their spouses and children, Rickard takes the viewer on the annual goose hunt. As leader or Okimah, the senior Richard decides on location of this fall event, directs the hunt, teaches the men and boys how to make clay decoys, and how to make blinds.
Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay, first issued in 1993, has been re-released by Annick Press. Written by Peter Cumming, author and playwright, the picture book answers the question, what if a polar bear cub and child met on the ice in the middle of the bay. In this story a girl named Leah and Baby Boy Nanook each listen to their parents' warnings about not wandering off. But each little one goes out exploring and they both see an iceberg out on the ice in the middle of the bay.
Relatives With Roots: A Story About Métis Women's Connection to the Land is a heartfelt bilingual (English/Michif) story about a Métis grandmother who takes her granddaughter out into the bush to teach her how to pick traditional medicines. As the granddaughter learns the traditional beliefs and stories about how the Métis people use the plants for food and medicine, she feels happy to be a Métis child with access to such wonderful cultural knowledge.
Joy of Apex is an exciting chapter book aimed at readers in grade 4 to 7 and is the first-person narrative of Joy, a ten-year-old girl, who lives in a suburb of Iqaluit. Joy's day-to-day routine of school, friends, and family is changed by the underlying turmoil of her parent's marriage. Joy's younger sister, Allusha, and her brother Alex all have their own personalities. Dad works from home and is doing a lot of the family's chores, while Mom is spending more time away visiting her sisters in Iqaluit.
Ma Kokum a Téléphoné Aujourd'hui is the French language edition of Pemmican Publications' My Kokum Called Today. This French edition was translated by Mona Buors. My Kokum Called Today is a wonderful story about a twelve-year old Cree girl as she plans to visit her Kokum (grandmother). This picture book explains the girl's anticipation through simple text and sensitive pastel-coloured drawings. The girl and her mother live in the city and her grandmother lives on the reserve. These different geographic locations are captured through the illustrations.
Shi-shi-etko is the French language edition of Nicola Campbell's children's picture book about an Interior Salish child with just four more days at home until she goes to residential school. The young girl of this recent offering spends her final four days experiencing quality time with her mother, father and grandmother. Each adult allows the child to experience the environment around her. Mother takes her daughter to the creek where she sings a special song that belongs to the family. Shi-ski-etko wades in the water and takes in all the experiences the land and water offer.
A Walk on the Tundra written by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler for Inhabit Media is a 40-page picture book featuring a bored young Inuk girl who is waiting for her friends to come out of their homes to play. She carelessly throws away her empty pop can into the ditch wondering what she will do while waiting for her friends. Then she sees her grandmother out walking. Grandmother asks her to join her on the walk to pick plants for medicines and tea. As the two walk on the tundra grandmother shows her granddaughter the helpful tundra's colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens.