Ga's (The Train) is an Mi'kmaq and English book written by Jodie Callaghan, a Mi’kmaq woman from Listuguj First Nation in Gespegewa’gi near Quebec. The book is translated into Mi'kmaq by Joe Wilmot. The Train is illustrated by Georgia Lesley. This is story of a young girl, Ashley who is slowly walking back from school when she meets her Uncle. He is sad. He tells Ashley his story of first going to residential school and the important lesson of knowing where you come from. This story is colourfully illustrated yet invokes the sadness that Ashley and her Uncle feel.
Hockey With Dad is written by Willie Sellars, a Member of the Williams Lake Indian Band of the Secwepemc Nation; and illustrated by Nelson White, of Flat Bay First Nation Band (No'kmaq Village) in Flat Bay, Newfoundland. This story is about Little Brother stepping on to the ice to play in the Championship game after a team member is injured. He always wanted to be part of the lineup, where Big Sister is the ace forward. The closer the game gets though, the more nervous he becomes. Can he make his family proud with their long history of playing hockey?
Berry Picking with ‘Atsoo is written by Cecelia John from Saik’uz First Nation. Travelling up to Sinkut Mountain was a favourite summer memory of the author. She and her family would pick wild berries. Her ‘Atsoo (grandmother) taught her many things. Who is a person that teaches you many things? This book is part of the Strong Stories: Dakelh series focussing on Indigenous territories (Canada and the United States). These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.
Berries of the Dakelh Territory is written by Cecelia John from Saik’uz First Nation. Wild berries grow almost everywhere. Some wild berries are good to eat while others will make you sick. It is important to know if a berry is safe to eat before you pop it into your mouth! What kinds of berries have you eaten? This book is part of the Strong Stories: Dakelh series focussing on Indigenous territories (Canada and the United States). These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures.
There are many animals that live within the Dakelh Territory. Follow along with this playful poem as the animals spot each other. What kinds of animals have you spotted in your area? Bald Eagle, Bald Eagle is part of the Strong Stories focussing on Indigenous territories (Canada and the United States). These stories reflect the belief that our stories are the roots of our people, our lands and our cultures. It is from our stories that we grow and become strong and proud.
Isla’s New Drum is written and illustrated by Herbert Shane Hartman, a member of the Beaver or Lhts'umusuyoo Clan from the Nak'azdli Whut'en First Nation. In this story, Isla has been given a new drum that she loves dearly but she doesn’t have a song to sing to her new drumbeat. She decides to ask some forest friends to help her make a new song. Each friend offers Isla what they can, showing true generosity. Each friend also offers a message that is important to keeping Mother Earth healthy and strong. In return, Isla plays her drum for each friend as she gives back what she can.
I Am Loved, is written by Kevin Qamaniq-Mason who grew up in Iglulik and is a senior policy advisor at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Mary Qamaniq-Mason. This book is translated into French by Serge Bélair. I Am Loved is illustrated by Hwei Lim. In this book Pakak is in a new foster home, with new people, new food, and new smells. Feeling alone and uncertain, Pakak finds comfort in a secret shared with him by his anaanattiaq, his grandmother, and in the knowledge that he is loved no matter how far away his family may be.
The Gruffalo in Inuktitut is a translation, by Jaypeetee Arnakak, Inuit, of Julie Donaldson's and Axel Scheffler's original The Gruffalo in English. Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake, and a hungry gruffalo!
Community Gardens Grow, Eat and Learn by Judy Reuben, Mohawk of the Turtle Clan, is about the four kinds of plants on earth placed by the Creator. The grasses, tress, flowers and vegetables. First Nations have always had a unique connection to the land, and a responsibility to take care of Mother Earth. Joining a community gardening group is a meaningful way to re-connect with Mother Earth. "Just like the plants and medicines that the Creator gave us, we too, can live in harmony with our neighbours and support each other on our journeys to build a sustainable food system".
Spring Goose Camp by Judy Reuben, Mohawk from the Turtle Clan, is a story about bannock, maple syrup and wild bluebarry jam and food that is traditionally harvested, foraged, fished or hunted. As Michael and his family get everything ready for camp, the journey, and arriving at the family's traditional hunting grounds, he is given life lessons and teachings about food sustainability and for which he thanks the Creator.