This book was first copyrighted in 1984 and has been reprinted three times. Neekna and Chemai is the story of two young girls growing up in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia before the arrival of Europeans. Their story tells the reader about how their people lived following the cycle of nature. This book by acclaimed Okanagan writer Jeannette Armstrong explains the traditional culture of this First Nation from the Interior of British Columbia. This book is recommended for grades 2 to 6.
A Walk on the Tundra written by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler for Inhabit Media is a 40-page picture book featuring a bored young Inuk girl who is waiting for her friends to come out of their homes to play. She carelessly throws away her empty pop can into the ditch wondering what she will do while waiting for her friends. Then she sees her grandmother out walking. Grandmother asks her to join her on the walk to pick plants for medicines and tea. As the two walk on the tundra grandmother shows her granddaughter the helpful tundra's colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens.
The Six Cedar Trees is a 24-page book offers key traditional teachings connecting people’s relationships with the land. Near the school playground there were six tall cedar trees and as eagle flew among the trees he listened carefully to the messages each tree shared about its life and connection to the creatures living in the area of the Tsawwassen First Nation of British Columbia. Each tree provided a teaching such as the wolf’s communication strength that comes from cooperating, listening with respect and sharing.
Treaty Baby is a 20-page children's book about the importance of treaties to First Nations by Spirit & Intent publisher located in Ohsweken, Ontario. This primary level titles was co-created by sisters, Sara and Alyssa M. General. Writing and illustrating books for children, Spirit & Intent expresses a perspective of Mohawk young women. Treaty Baby features simple, one line sentences about a female and male toddler. On the book's cover readers see the pair holding an important wampum belt representing the Evergrowing Tree of Peace.
The Salmon Run is the 2016 picture book released from Theytus Books. Carrier also known as Dakelh artist Clayton Gauthier is the author and illustrator of this dual language information book. Gauthier took a writing course at the En’owkin Centre in British Columbia and ended up in a children's literature writing course. Through the course he was inspired to create a primary level account of one of the most important food sources on the Northwest Coast.
I Can't Have Bannock But The Beaver Has A Dam is a wonderful picture book for reading aloud to young children. Bernalda Wheeler creates a refreshing way to introduce young children to contemporary First Nations people. Her character is a young boy who asks his mother to make some bannock. Bannock is a traditional bread made by most First Nations in northern Canada. The mother explains why she can't use her stove until the hydro line is fixed. It all comes down to the fact that a beaver has cut down a tree for his dam.
Lesson for the Wolf is the 2015 picture book from Inhabit Media and authored by the respected storytellers Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley. In this book, young readers are introduced to some of the animals found in Arctic region through the eyes of an unhappy wolf. This particular wolf is unsatisfied with this appearance and skills. In all the other animals and birds he finds characteristics he admires. He no longer spends time with his wolf brothers and sisters hunting and playing. Instead this wolf watches the owls, wolverines, and caribou with envy, wishing that he could be like them.