‘Shoolee – The Early Years’ is about a young girl growing up within the Anishinaabe way of life of hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering and knowing the importance of listening and being aware of the land.It is also a response to inspire Anishinaabeg to write about their history, language and culture and to share this. The book is about Shirley or Shoolee as she was also known, her brothers and sisters, father the fisherman and hunter and trapper, and her mother. There are also traditional teachings, making crafts and stories about school, farming.
'Speaking our Truth A Journey of Reconciliation' Teacher Guide is an excellent complement to Speaking Our Truth published in 2017. Embark on your journey of reconciliation in the classroom by using this comprehensive guide to help you build an inquiry-based unit plan focused on Indigenous teachings. Begin the journey by thinking with your heart and packing for your journey with a teacher's checklist, practice ongoing collaborative practices by keeping a reflection journal for example and use daily strategies for meaningful learning.
Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony developed and authored by father and daughter duo, Robert Davidson and Sara Florence Davidson, especially for educators as a Haida model of learning. This practical 80-page volume is an accessible professional learning guide for teacher candidates as well as seasoned educators. It seeks to promote inquiry-based learning as it provides an inclusive approach to delivering curriculum.
Eldon Yellowhorn, is a member of the Piikani Nation and esteemed professor of First Nations studies at Simon Fraser University. He is co-author of Turtle Island, the first book in this series with award-winning Toronto author Kathy Lowinger. They have teamed up again and this time share accounts of the people, places, and events that have mattered to Eldron Yellowhorn in ‘What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous stories of rebellion and renewal’. This colourful and detailed book with reference to multimedia links, highlights key moments in Indigenous history.
Two Roads is a historical fiction novel set in America in 1932 and narrated by 12-year old youth Cal Blackbird who is travelling across the countryside with his father. The pair calls themselves knights of the road, hobos following an ethical code, who ride the rails searching for their next meal, odd jobs, and a safe place to sleep. Renowned Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac has crafted a remarkable tale about a father and son who are searching for a new home after the loss of Cal’s mother and their beloved family farm.
Surviving the City written by Tasha Spillett, Nehiyaw (Cree) and Trinidadian, with effective illustrations from Metis artist Natasha Donovan brings the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls to intermediate and secondary level readers. This 56-page graphic novel in the Debwe Series from Highwater Press presents the story of two teen girls attending an urban high school in Winnipeg.
Keeping Baby Close: Making of a Moss Bag by Dakota Elder Doris Pratt is published by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in 2018. This two-part book explores the features and purpose of moss bags and includes step-by-step instructions for making a moss bag, accompanied by explanatory photos. Elementary level students will find useful information about the traditional lifestyle of the Plains Nations especially the Dakota.
Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth, Sˑha-weñ na-saeˀ, (Onondaga, Eel Clan), is an enrolled member of Onondaga Nation and grew up on the Tuscarora Indian Nation near Niagara Falls, New York. His book If I Ever Get Out of Here was a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults pick and an American Indian Library Association Young Adult Honor selection. Give Me Some Truth follows the lives of Carson Mastick and Magpie Bokoni both living on the Rez for different reasons.