kimotinâniwiw itwêwina / Stolen Words by author Melanie Florence, illustrator Gabrielle Grimard and translated into Cree by Dolores Sand and Gayle Weenie is a primary level picture book that explains language loss among First Nations residential school survivors and their descendants. Told through the eyes of a child and her grandfather, the book captures the close and caring relationship between generations as the girl learns about residential schools and language loss.
Little Butterfly Girl: An Indian Residential School Story is the French version of this 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.
Nibi Emosaawdang / The Water Walker is a celebration of a determined Ojibwe grandmother Nokomis Josephine and her love for water nibi. After being told about the state of the world’s water and that she needed to do something about this, Nokomis was unsettled. Then she has a dream and the next morning calls her sister and women friends over to talk an idea she has. She and her friends walk to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet.
Neekah's Knitting Needles is a delightful story about learning to knit in the Cowichan style based on the knitting of Cowichan people from near Port Alberni. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles, the knittling style is based on the work of Odelia Smith from Tsartlip First Nation near Victoria, B.C. Coast Salish knitting is also part of a National Film Board documentary, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters. Sheena Lot is a picture book illustrator and has won numerous awards for her work. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles Neekah is finally old enough to learn to knit.
Harry Okpik, Determined Musher is the story of the Inuk hero, Harry Okpik and his life as a dog sledder. In this book, meet a real-life Inuit hero. Harry Okpik, introduces the biography genre while teaching children about the life of Harry Okpik and the history of dogsledding.
Written by Harry Okpik and Maren Vsetula and illustrated by Ali Hinch.
Les Six Cèdres / The Six Cedar Trees is a 24-page French edition of the same book and offers key traditional teachings connecting people’s relationships with the land. Near the school playground there were six tall cedar trees and as eagle flew among the trees he listened carefully to the messages each tree shared about its life and connection to the creatures living in the area of the Tsawwassen First Nation of British Columbia. Each tree provided a teaching such as the wolf’s communication strength that comes from cooperating, listening with respect and sharing.
'Anishinabek Nation Colouring Book' begins with the preamble to the Anishinabek Nation Constitution adopted in 2011. There are clear illustrations and words to match in both Ojibwe and English - the gift of spirituality, the gifts given to the Anishinabe to look after, the seven sacred gifts to guide them and more. A double page map of the regions is included.
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.