Louis, Son of the Prairies is a publication from Pemmican Publications about the early life of Metis leader, Louis Riel. This fourth printing is the English translation by Elizabeth Maguet of Noelie Palud-Pelletier's 1984 French edition. Told in a fictionalized series of anecdotes, the book attempts to provide students with an account of a Metis child's life in mid-nineteenth century western Canada. Louis Riel's early influences and activities as a Metis child growing up in the St. Boniface Red River Settlement are told in a series of dialogues.
The Kids Book of Aboriginal Peoples of Canada is a well-researched, valuable student resource about the cultures and history of First Nations in Canada. Author Diane Silvey, a member of the Sechelt Band of the Coast Salish, effectively recounts the basic information about the seven cultural regions of Canada and describes the impact of the environment on these regions. First Nations cultures of the Northwest Coast thrived on the plentiful resources provided by the ocean and the land. The cedar was a tree of life for the peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
Astonishing Women Artists: The Women's Hall of Fame Series profiles ten phenomenal women with a passion for art. Although Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashrvak is the only Aboriginal artist listed, her biography and contributions to Canadian art makes compelling reading. Additional artists include Mary Pratt, Emily Carr, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Artemisia, Gentileschi, Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, Louise Nevelson, Elizabeth Catlett, and Faith Ringgold. Suitable for elementary and secondary school readers.
Tom Longboat is the revised Fitzhenry and Whiteside title from The Canadians Series. This biography of the noted historical figure, Tom Longboat (1887-1949) examines his athletic career as Canada's foremost Native long-distance runner. Tom Longboat was an Onondaga from the Six Nations Reserve, Ontario. The biography begins with an introductory chapter about the development of sport in Canada and among the First Nations. The next chapter describes the context of the Iroquois/Haudenosaunee culture at the time of Longboat's birth, and outlines his early years.
Onkwehonwe-Neha: Mohawk Way of Life written by Mohawk author Skonaganleh:ra Sylvia Maracle offers senior elementary and secondary school students an opportunity to read about the history of First Nations in Canada as well as the history of Six Nations Iroquois Onkwehonwe in a short 23-page illustrated book. The author takes readers through an understanding of the meaning of the word Onkwehonwe-Neha, explaining that the first part of the word reference the Mohawk name for the people or human beings.
Gabriel Dumont is one of the title's in Fitzhenry's series, The Canadians. This volume of historical biography is written by George Woodcock. Born in St Boniface in 1837 of French and Indian parentage, Gabriel Dumont's childhood was spent in the Saskatchewan country, where he grew accustomed to the lifestyle of the Metis. The most stable social institution was the annual buffalo hunt with its rules. When Gabriel Dumont became head of the Great Saskatchewan Hunt in 1862 the end of this lifestyle was already in sight.
My Name is Seepeetza is the diary format novel written by Nlakapamux author Shirley Sterling about her life as a twelve-year-old attending the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The entries, from September 1958 to August 1959, offer students a glimpse of what life was like for a girl from a First Nation family sent to residential school. Instead of her Nlakapamux name, the girl is known by the teachers as Martha Stone. The life at residential school is filled with rules, harsh discipline, and severe nuns.
Discovering First Peoples and First Contacts is a recent publication designed to meet the previous Ontario curriculum guidelines for the grade 6 Heritage and Citizenship strand. The text introduces the original "settlers" of Canada by covering four main cultural regions - Mi'kmaq, Northwest Coast, Plains, and Iroquoians of the St. Lawrence lowlands. Two brief chapters discuss origin theories and creation stories as well as the linguistic distribution of Aboriginal Peoples throughout precontact Canada.