After a long school year in Yellowknife, Akuluk would prefer to spend summer vacation in the south, but as soon as she heads out on the land with her grandfather, her visit to the Arctic becomes much more interesting! Akuluk is not excited about visiting her grandparents in Nunavut. She would rather head south for summer vacation, somewhere with roller coasters and cotton candy. There can't be much to do way up there, Akuluk figures. But as soon as she steps off the plane and sees all the exciting animals that the tundra has to offer, Akuluk forgets all about her dreams of going south.
The Origin of Day and Night is a 36-page children’s picture book published by Inhabit Media designed to appeal to primary level readers interested in learning about Inuit worldview explanation for daylight and night time. Based on traditional oral accounts but designed for young children, the account is set long ago before there was morning and night. In the darkness a hare and a fox each explained their needs for light and darkness when involved in hunting and gathering their food supplies. Each animal had opposite requirements and learned how to share the daylight and darkness.
Pipon means It is Winter and this 23-page book offers young readers an introduction to Cree language words and phrases. It is a dual language (Cree and English) resource written by Manitoba Cree language teacher Brenda Fontaine. Simple text is accompanied by colour photographs that assist learners from kindergarten to grade 2 who are taking Cree language lessons. Twenty phrases highlight winter activities, weather and winter sports. The book contains a glossary of phrases but does not offer pronunciation assistance.
Edible and Medicinal Arctic Plants: An Inuit Elder's Perspective is the 2018 revised edition of Walking with Aalasi: An Introduction to Edible and Medicinal Arctic Plants bilingual (Inuktitut and English) resource about the traditional plant knowledge of Inuk herbalist Aalasi Joamie. Growing up in Pangnirtung, Aalasi learned about Arctic plants from her mother. She continued learning about plants and their uses when she relocated to Niaqunngut. From her father she understood how to use plants as indicators much like a compass.
Kaqtukowa’tekete’w The Thundermaker is retold and illustrated in this 2018 paper edition by Mi’kmaw artist. This 32-page Mi'kmaq / English dual language picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children explains the importance of thunder. In this account begins in a time long before the world was completed. Set in a small village, the story begins with a family sitting beside their cooking fire while the mother tells a traditional story. Father is Big Thunder, mother is Giju, a renowned storyteller, and their son, Little Thunder. Each has an important role.
Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: A Resource for Educators, The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children's Environmental Inquiry was revised and reissued following the release of the recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Indigenous lens in this edition represents a cross-cultural encounter supporting what can become an ongoing dialogue and evolution of practice in environmental inquiry. Some important questions are raised that challenge educators to think in very different ways about things as fundamental as the meaning of knowledge.