Games of Survival: Traditional Inuit Games for Elementary Students written by Inuk athlete Johnny Issaluk. In 59 pages the author and publisher, Inhabit Media, have created an important resource book for students at the junior and intermediate levels. Brief, easy to read instructions, along with colour photographs of Inuit children and youth playing each of the 10 endurance, strength, and agility games provides an accurate introduction to the Inuit of the Arctic. A brief introduction informs the reader about the purpose of each category of game.
The Way is Joseph Bruchac's 2007 young-adult novel featuring an Abenaki youth dealing with teasing and bullying. In this story Cody is just beginning his high school career and deals with bullies through his imagination and trying to remain invisible to those who target weak students. Cody has a tendency to stutter and this makes him more self-conscience. In his imagination Cody is a super ninja hero who saves the students around him and is praised at his funeral. But on the day-to-day school front, Cody and other students have to try not to be the victims.
Rip Roaring Hockey is an Ojibwe language CD-ROM with a hockey theme. Includes vocabulary, phrases, dialogues, 2 songs (including O Canada) and vowel sounds. Narrators are Isadore Toulouse and Shirley Williams. CD includes video clips of hockey games, and techniques. Great teaching tool for those with little or no knowledge of Ojibwe. Conversations are ideal for those Ojibwe speakers who want practice situations. CD requires Quicktime 5 or later.
Anishinaabemowin Maajaamigad, Learning Ojibwe consists of a 39-page book and an audio CD. This package was published by Ningwakwe Learning Press to assist students and adults in reclaiming their traditional language. The authors Howard Kimewon and Margaret Noori are committed language educators who have combined their expertise to create an engaging tool to motivate language learners. The book is called The Anishinaabe Language, When it Leaves (Anishinaabemowin Maajaamigad), reflecting the oral history of the community of Ojibwe speakers on Manitoulin Island.
Niigaanibatowaad: Frontrunners is a 47-minute DVD produced by the National Film Board about the ten First Nations athletes who participated in the 1967 Pan Am Games held in Winnipeg. These young men were chosen to carry the torch along an Indigenous trading route from the USA to Winnipeg. They were excellent distance runners who carried this torch along with other First Nations youth over the 800 kilometers. The games' organizers failed to tell the youths that their services were not required as they neared the stadium in Winnipeg.
Wapos Bay: There's No I In Hockey is part of the Wapos Bay series that features stop-motion animation stories about three Cree children in a remote Northern Saskatchewan community. The stories follow the everyday adventures of ten-year-old T-Bear, 9-year-old Talon and 6-year-old Raven. Their friends, families, and Elders play significant roles in their adventures as the children engage in traditional activities such as fishing, gathering, and hunting. Their lives are also influenced by video games, TV and cell phones.
Documentary about the role of cross-country skiing in the Gwich'in community of Old Crow and how parents took steps to keep their children healthy and active. This Yukon community faced increased rates of obesity and diabetes and turned to skiing as a way to keep their youth active and build their self-esteem in the process.
Our City Our Voices: Follow the Eagle and Slo-Pitch video contains two short documentaries created by Aboriginal youth in Vancouver's Eastside. As a training project the youth got to tell stories about their city and the result is one about the role of Elders and the other about the importance of sports. During the summer of 2004 the youth documented the results of the Aboriginal Front Door's program to develop and nurture Elders in Vancouver. Most of these older Native people came to Vancouver in their earlier years and have struggled with abuse, life on the streets, and drugs.
Inuit Games is one of the DVDs in the National Film Board's 13-part series, My Brand New Life. In this series, each participant explores personal prejudices as he or she is challenged to explore another culture. Eric is a teen athlete from a middle class family in Montreal. He has the opportunity to travel to Kangiqsualujjuaq in northern Quebec and participate in the Inuit Games. Eric is introduced and he explains that his chosen sports are soccer and cycling. He and his friends try to say the Inuit village name Kangiqsualujjuaq. Because they cannot pronounce it they laugh and make jokes.