The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series from Highwater Press. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of six great Indigenous heroes from Aboriginal peoples and Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics.
The Scout: Tommy Prince is one of the titles from Tales from Big Spirit series. This unique graphic novel series is a highly recommended six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of great Indigenous heroes from Aboriginal peoples and Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics.
Siha Tooskin Knows the Strength of His Hair is part of the Siha Tooskin Knows early chapter book series by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, a Nakota Elder and Wabamun Lake First Nation community member in central Alberta (Treaty 6 territory) and the recent recipient of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Indigenous Elder Award; and illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch, of Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation of Northern Alberta. Where can you find strength when someone disrespects you? And what does having strength really mean?
How I Survived Four Nights on the Ice by Serapio Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Matthew Hoddy, is the harrowing first-person account of Serapio Ittusardjuat's four nights spent on the open sea ice. He had few supplies and no water. This story shows courage, strength and patience as he recounts the traditional knowledge and skills that kept him alive after his snowmobile broke down halfway across the sea ice on a trip back from a fishing camp.
Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story is written by Andrea L. Rogers, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and illustrated by Matt Forsyth. In Mary and the Trail of Tears, 12-year old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in Georgia by U.S. soldiers in May 1838. From the beginning of the forced move, Mary and her family are separated from her father.
What Can Ataata Fix? by Nadia Sammurtok and illustrated by Emma Pedersen is the story of Kyle who lives in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. He is excited about the miniature boat race on Williamson Lake! As Kyle gets ready to go to the race, the chain falls off his bike. Kyle hopes his Ataata can fix it when he comes home. He knows his Ataata can fix a lot of things, but will he be able to fix Kyle's bike? This book is bilingual in Inuktitut and English.
On the Side of the Angels by Jose Amaujaq Kusugak and illustrated by Hwei Lim, is the memoir of Jose Amaujaq Kusugak's life. An excerpt is: "Then one day a ‘flyable’ took me away from our world through the sky to a dark and desolate place" and from his Arctic childhood, growing up playing games, enjoying food caught by hunters, and watching his mother preparing skins. He was one of the first generation of Inuit children who were taken from their homes and communities and sent to live in residential schools.
Reflections From Them Days: A Residential School Memoir From Nunatsiavut is written and illustrated by Nellie Winters and translated and edited by Erica Oberndorfer. When Nellie Winters was 11 years old, she was sent to attend the Nain Boarding School, a residential school 400 kilometres from her home. In this memoir, she recalls life before residential school, her experiences at the school, and what it was like to come home. Accompanied by the author’s original illustrations, this memoir sheds light on the experiences of Inuit residential school survivors in Labrador.
Harry Okpik Determined Musher by Harry Okpik and Maren Vsetula is the story of Inuit hero Harry Okpik and the history of dogsledding. This book is illustrated by Ali Hinch. Harry Okpik Determined Musher introduces the biography genre to children through the life of Harry Okpik who was born in the community of Quaqtaq in 1954. Harry Okpik owns a dog team and has participated in numerous Ivakkak dog sled races. He is widely recognized as one of the most dedicated and successful dog team owners in Nunavik.
The Beadworkers - Stories - by Beth Piatote, Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, is a book of poetry, verse, and prose. The four parts of The Beadworkers is an exploration of Native American life through land and life, Indian Wars, I tell my story/I conjure my powers/I make a wish and, human beings. Each story is a gift. Feast I, Feast II and Feast III introduce The Beadworkers moving to Indian Wars in The News of the Day and Fish Wars and include stories about treaties and rights. These actions and reactions of these stories resonate long after the events.