When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, a member of Norway House Cree Nation and translated by Marsha Blacksmith, a member of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, and illustrated by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis author, illustrator, is an empowering story of resistance that gently introduces children to the history of residential schools in Canada. In When We Were Alone, a young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. As she asks questions, her grandmother tells her about her experiences in a residential school.
Inuki's Birthday Party is a bilingual Inuktitut and English book by Aviaq Johnston who is from Igloolik, Nunavut, and illustrated by Ali Hinch. In Inuki's Birthday Party, Inuki lives in Iglulik, Nunavut and it is his fifth birthday! He can’t wait for his party at the community hall. There is cake to eat and presents to open, but celebrating with his family and friends is Inuki’s favourite gift of all!
Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas, Mi’kmaw and registered with Lennox Island First Nation, and Illustrated by Maya McKibbin, Ojibwe, Yoeme and Irish, asks what it means to be Mi’kmaq. In Swift Fox All Along, Swift Fox looks for the answer and wonders if she will ever feel like part of her family. When Swift Fox’s father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of butterflies. And when he tells her that today is the day that she’ll learn how to be Mi’kmaq, the butterflies grow even bigger.
The Case of the Missing Auntie is the second book in A Mighty Muskrat Mystery series by Michael Hutchinson (Misipawistik Cree Nation). In The Case of the Missing Auntie, Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee, four inseparable cousins from Windy Lake First Nation – and nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats – go to Toronto. Grandpa's missing little sister was part of the 60s Scoop and residential school and like many Indigenous children the government had arranged for her adoption by strangers.
Tout Petit Toi (Little You in English) is a charming and heart-warming book that welcomes a new baby into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp, illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett and translated Rachel Martinez, this book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family resources. Flett uses collage-like images of an infant who grows to be a toddler. This child is adored and loved by one or both parents on every other page. Simple rhyming text accompanies each image.
Ukaliq Arctic Hares, Fun for Little Nunavummiut, is a bilingual (English and Inuktitut) activity book about arctic hares of Nunavut filled with opportunities to read, learn and play. This flip book format provides 16 pages in English and 16 pages in Inuktitut. Ukaliq Arctic Hares is published by Inhabit Media, edited by Monica Ittusardjuat (Inuktitut) and Grace Shaw (English) and translated by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier under the art direction of Danny Christopher, Astrid Arijanto and Sam Tse.
Ukaliq Snow Buntings, Fun for Little Nunavummiut, is a bilingual (English and Inuktitut) activity book about animals of Nunavut filled with opportunities to read, learn and play. This flip book format provides 16 pages in English and 16 pages in Inuktitut. Ukaliq Snow Buntings is published by Inhabit Media, edited by Monica Ittusardjuat (Inuktitut) and Grace Shaw (English) and translated by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier under the art direction of Danny Christopher and Sam Tse.
The Case of Windy Lake is a chapter book for young readers who enjoy mysteries and problem-solving along with traditions and culture. The author of ‘A Mighty Muskrats Mystery’ series, Michael Hutchinson is a citizen of Misipawistik Cree Nation in the Treaty 5 territory, and his familiarity with the land and life experiences are reflected in these mystery adventures. Cousins Samuel, Chickadee, Atim and Otter – the Mighty Muskrats - visit and live on the First Nation rez at Windy Lake. This mystery begins when an archaeologist goes missing from a mining company.
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.
Ukaliq & Kalla Go Camping / Ukaliq et Kalla Vont Camping, is a level 7 reader about camping on the land in the Arctic. This is the French version. Best friends Ukaliq and Kalla go on a camping adventure and demonstrate the types of activities that occur in the far north. This 16-page reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 7 readers have 8 to 16 pages of one to two sentences per page. These sentences vary in length and complexity. Punctuation includes periods with some question and exclamation marks.