Dear Canada: These are My Words, The Residential School Diary of Violet Pasheens, Northern Ontario 1966, is the exciting addition to Scholastic Canada's Series, Dear Canada. Authored by Ojibwe scholar, professor, and writer Ruby Slipperjack, the 200-page fictional diary presents the perspective of an Ojibwe girl who is forced to attend a residential school in 1966. Violet has to leave her loving home living with her grandma and attend a foreign institution run by nuns who insist on only speaking English and attending chapel daily.
If I Ever Get Out of Here tells the engaging story of seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation. Being the lone rez teen and being bused to a small town for his educations presents a challenge that resonates for many outsider students trying to fit in. Lewis has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites--and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.
Smelly Socks: Tell Me A Story Kit contains a 32-page picture book by Robert Munsch; a 6-minute CD of the story read by Robert Munsch in plastic carrying bag. Smelly Socks by children's author Robert Munsch is a wonderful story that takes its inspiration from a Dene girl named Tina who lived in Hay River, Northwest Territories. On one of Munsch's storytelling events in Canada's North during the 1980s he met a young girl named Tina Fabian. Since the audience for this reading was small, Munsch created individualized stories for each child present.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher. Ribbon Rescue: Tell Me a Story Kit contains a 32-page picture book by Robert Munsch; a 5- minute audiocassette of the story read by Robert Munsch and a bookmark, all in plastic carrying bag. Ribbon Rescue by children's author Robert Munsch is a wonderful story about a Mohawk girl named Jillian who helps her neighbours while on her way to a family wedding.
Dear Canada Blood Upon Our Land: The North West Resistance Diary of Josephine Bouvier by Maxine Trottier is a title in the Dear Canada Series. Text in English, with some French words. Thirteen-year-old Josephine describes, in journal format, her mixed feelings about the North West Resistance against the white settlers in the late nineteenth century as the Métis and allied First Nations fight for their way of life in Canada. Tension grips Batoche, Saskatchewan in 1885. Many Métis have moved here after the 1870 Riel Rebellion in Manitoba. But life in Batoche is difficult.
Innovations Inuites: Il Fallait y Penser is the French edition of The Inuit Thought of It: Amazing Arctic Innovations. This is an excellent resource about Inuit contributions to Canada. Author Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007) was an artist originally from Frobisher Bay. The French translation is provided by Martine Faubert. The book covers more than 40 different Inuit innovations such as the kayak, dog sleds, shelter, clothing, food, medicine and healing, and games all appropriate for the Arctic environment. The first chapter describes the Inuit people and the Arctic landscape.
Mikissuk's Secret is a recent children's picture book translated from the French edition Le secret de Mikissuk. Author and translator Isabelle Lafonta tells the story of an Inuit brother and sister living in Nunavut. The older brother is protector and hunter and his little sister Mikissuk dreams of going hunting on the large dogsled with her brother. Although there is love between the siblings, Mikissuk feels left out and overlooked because of her age. One day she begins her plan to convince her brother that she is indeed old enough and capable.
OUT OF PRINT Smiler's Bones is a historical fiction novel that draws on the explorations of Robert Peary in 1897 and his actions that brought six Greenland Eskimos (Inuit) to New York City and put them on display at the American Museum of Natural History. The book focuses on the Minik, the son of Smiler (Qisuk) and his life in New York after the death of four members of their party including his father. The book uses flashbacks to tell Minik's story of his life as a young child in his home community and then his travels with Peary to New York City.