Meet a Veterinarian: Candace Grier-Lowe is a 16-page booklet published by Ningwakwe Learning Press that celebrates the life of a First Nation woman training to be a veterinarian. This book is part of the Career Path Choices Series that showcases the career opportunities for Aboriginal students. Written for adult literacy learners, (LBS Level 4), this book explores the career choice of Candace Grier-Lowe. The brief biography explains that Candace was a poor student in high school and her guidance counsellor suggested a clerical position as her only employment option.
Meet a Music Industry Professional: Alan Greyeyes is the profile of a First Nation professional in this small book published in the Career Path Choices Series by Ningwakwe Learning Press. Designed for adult literacy learners, (LBS Level 4), this series is extremely useful for elementary students interested in reading about future employment opportunities for Aboriginal People. This book offers an overview of the lifestyle and work ethic of Alan Greyeyes, a Saulteaux music professional working in Manitoba.
Meet a Journalist: Waubgeshig Rice is a 16-page booklet published by Ningwakwe Learning Press that celebrates the life of an Ojibwe journalist. This book is part of the Career Path Choices Series that showcases the career opportunities for Aboriginal students. Written for adult literacy learners, (LBS Level 4), this book explores the career choice of Waubgeshig Rice. After doing well in high school English, Waub Rice applied to study in Germany for a year and was accepted.
Laughter is Good Medicine: Don Burnstick is a 38-page biography written by journalist Waubgeshig Rice for the Ningwakwe Learning Press. This company specializes in adult literacy resources for Aboriginal learners. This biography is a well-written account of the life of Cree comedian Don Burnstick and how he overcame his addictions and now works in the recovery movement focused on Aboriginal youth. The book is organized into four chapters that explain the comedian's creed, laughter is good medicine.
Just Reach Out: Back to High School Transition Guide for Aboriginal Students is a Life Skills Guide designed for high school students of Aboriginal descent. The publisher, Ningwakwe Learning Press, is focused on literacy and provides this student guide that is based on the Seven Grandfather Teachings. The book is organized into seven chapters that focus on Getting Prepared and Respect; The Centre and Honesty; the Traditional Teachings of Love, Humility, Generosity, Courage, and Wisdom.
Fire and Water: Original Teachings and Today's Duties, Ojibwe Creation Story Literacy Companion is a publication from Ningwakwe Learning Press designed for adult literacy learners at the LBS Level 2. This 24-page teacher or tutor guide includes 5 lesson plans, a map of Ontario, word list, and Ojibwe Creation Story in CD format. The guide contains simple text pieces about the role of men and women in Ojibwe communities today. The responsibilities for women and men are described. Today First Nations men carry the responsibility of firekeepers; and women are the protectors of the water.
Red: A Haida Manga is a ground-breaking title published by Douglas and McIntyre and written and illustrated by Haida artist and activist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Combining the art styles of Haida carvers and the graphic aspects of Japanese manga, Yahgulanaas creates a captivating and innovative graphic novel that retells a Haida narrative for a contemporary audience. The main character is Red, an orphan, who experiences tragic loss when his sister Jaada is kidnapped from their village. The boy seethes with rage and revenge grips his soul.
The Story of the Seven Fires: Teaching Manual is published by Ningwakwe Learning Press and features a 64-page spiral-bound manual and an hour long DVD presentation. Traditional teacher Sally Gaikezheyongai presents in lecture-style the traditional teachings of the Ojibwe Seven Fires Teachings. The manual is at Level 4 of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Literacy and Basic Skills Learning Matrix. The presentation to a live audience is told in the presenter's unique way as she relates teachings she has learned over the years.
Emotional Wellness: Mary's Story is part of the Ningwakwe's Healthy Life Series written by Dr. George Renfrey. This 28-page literacy reader is designed for the LBS Level 3 and tells the personal story of an Ojibwe woman who must deal with mounting stress in her personal and work life in order to avoid depression. Written by Dr.
Understanding Cancer: Mishoo's Story is part of the Ningwakwe's Healthy Life Series written by John Rice. This 24-page literacy reader is designed for the LBS Level 3 and tells the personal story of an Ojibwe grandfather and his granddaughter as they discuss the recent death of the man's daughter as a result of cancer. The grandfather gently answers his granddaughter's questions about the loss of her beloved aunt. Grandfather offers guidance based on medical information he received from the cancer doctor as well as offering support to a questioning child dealing with loss.