Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story by David Alexander Robertson and Scott B. Henderson is Portage and Main's revised edition of The Life of Helen Betty Osborne: A Graphic Novel. Helen Betty Osborne (1952-1971), known as Betty to her closest friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left her home to attend residential school and high school in a small town in Manitoba. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today.
Three Feathers: A Graphic Novel by Richard Van Camp explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations. Three young men, Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert, have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they've done?
Lecons de la Mere-Terre is the French language translation of Lessons From Mother Earth, a delightful picture book by first-time author Elaine McLeod. In this story, a young girl goes out to the garden with her grandmother. The child has never visited the garden and the two leave the warmth of a log cabin and begin a long walk outdoors. As they walk, grandmother tells the child about nature and the proper way to pick berries and gather wild plants. They take just enough berries to eat and are careful not to trample the delicate plants.
Kode's Quest(ion): A Story of Respect explores the meaning of one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings through the eyes of a young girl. In her urban school Mashkode Bixhiki (Kode) knows many things, but she doesn't know one thing: What does respect mean? Who will help her figure out the answer? This 24-page picture book follows Kode as she asks all the older people in her family about the meaning of respect.
Frank Christopher Busch has won Second Prize in the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Grey Eyes author Frank Christopher Busch is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and grew up in northern Manitoba. He has spent his professional life working with First Nations businesses, non-profits and governments at the band, regional tribal council, provincial, national and international levels. He lives in Westbank First Nation, British Columbia.
Yetsa's Sweater is a charming picture book by Sylvia Olsen about the women of the Coast Salish who continue to create beautiful Cowichan sweaters. It is an effective picture book that demonstrates First Nations experiential learning. Yetsa is spending time with her grandmother assisting in the preparation of the sheep's wool needed to knit these amazing one-of-a-kind sweaters. The story and illustrations show the love and understanding between the generations as Yetsa's mother joins the group to complete the many tasks needed to make the wool ready for knitting.
Which Way Should I Go is a recent picture book written by Sylvia Olsen and based on the memories of Olsen's friend Ron Martin. This picture book offers young children an opportunity to understand that we all have choices to make in our lives even if we are young. Joey is a young Nuuchahnulth boy who has a happy and cheerful disposition. Even his friend, his teacher, and the store owner notice that Joey always has a smile on his face.
This Land Is My Land is the award-winning book written and illustrated by Plains Cree artist George Littlechild. This internationally known artist combines compelling text with a series of powerful images he created to explain the importance of his family's history. His goal is to heighten awareness of the history and experiences of the Plains Cree in Canada. By focusing on his personal family history, the artist succeeds in expressing the pain and joy of his healing journey. In this book the reader begins to understand the struggle of First Nations and the beauty of their cultures.
Soapstone Signs is a 2014 release from Orca Echoes series that offers short chapter books aimed at readers between ages seven and nine. These popular classroom favourites are well suited for social responsibility and character building programs. The author sets the story in a contemporary James Bay Cree community with a nine year old boy as narrator. The boy lives with his non-Native dad and his Cree mom at a tourist lodge. Each summer a respected older carver comes by the lodge to sell his soapstone carvings to the tourists.