'Akhwatsirehkó:wa – My Big Family” is a 450 page book by Indigenous lacrosse stars Brendan Bomberry and Brennor Jacobs who explore how the game of lacrosse has spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually aided players from all around the world, through their differing experiences within the sport. Dive into the world of lacrosse from an Indigenous perspective as we discover the affects and just how big of an impact the Creators game has had on those who have come to play the sport around the world.
Inuit Tools of the Western Arctic is written by Barbara Olson, an educator raised in Kugluktuk; and illustrated by Megan Kyak, an Inuk illustrator and painter from Pond inlet, Nunavut. Learn about Inuit tools and their different uses in this picture book of Inuit tools of the Western Arctic. Tools are used for different purposes, for example softening skins to pounding seal fat. Learn more in this beginner reading book for ages 5 to 7.
Palluq and Inuluk Go Hunting with Their Ataata is a picture book by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier, who has worked on the standardization of Inuktut orthography in Nunavut, as well as at the national level with the Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq task group with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. This book is illustrated by Michelle Simpson. In Palluq and Inuluk Go Hunting with Their Ataata, Palluq is going seal hunting with his older brother, Inuluk, and his ataata! They pack up their qamutiik and travel for hours to reach the floe edge. Will Palluq catch a seal to bring home to his anaana?
The Big Blizzard is a bilingual Inuktitut and English picture book by author Julia Ogina, Inuit, of Cambridge Bay and Emily Jackson with illustrations by Amanda Sunderland. In The Big Blizzard, Niaqualuk and Haugaaq live in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and there is a big blizzard coming! Haugaaq wishes she could play outside more, but Niaqualuk is excited about playing inside. See what fun things the sisters do all day as the blizzard howls outside. This picture book is for children from ages 3 to 5.
Makwa Gitigaadaan Gitigaan / Bear Plants a Garden is a colorful storybook in Ojibwe and English. The artwork is by Arthur McBain. The story is by Brita Vija Brookes, and translated by Isadore Toulouse from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, and Shirley Ida Williams, Migizi ow-kwe, That Eagle Woman, who is a member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway and Odawa First Nations of Canada. Makwa Gitigaadaan Gitigaan / Bear Plants a Garden follows the adventures of Bear in the Northwoods. In this story it’s Spring in North Ontario and Bear decides to plant a garden. Follow Bear on his adventure.
Making A Whole Person: Traditional Inuit Education, is written by Monica Ittusardjuat, Inuit educator and linguist and illustrated by Yong Ling Kang. In Making A Whole Person, Monica Ittusardjuat says: "Before schools were introduced to the Inuit, we were taught by our relatives.” In this picture book, she shares how she learned knowledge and skills in a time before being taken to residential school.
In Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance, Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane, Anishinaabe dancer, educator, writer, artist and orator from Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, discusses the origins and definitions of powwow culture, songs and dances, and powwows across Canada and how they are storytelling and restore kinship and families. In these four chapters she introduces powwow through her experiences hearing the drums and the power of songs at the powwow including their political power, and of being Anishinaabe.
Neekah's Knitting Needles is a delightful story about learning to knit in the Cowichan style based on the knitting of Cowichan people from near Port Alberni. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles, the knittling style is based on the work of Odelia Smith from Tsartlip First Nation near Victoria, B.C. Coast Salish knitting is also part of a National Film Board documentary, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters. Sheena Lot is a picture book illustrator and has won numerous awards for her work. In Neekah’s Knitting Needles Neekah is finally old enough to learn to knit.
Les Six Cèdres / The Six Cedar Trees is a 24-page French edition of the same book and 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.
Neekna and Chemai first published by Theytus Books in 1984 was reprinted for the third time in 2018. Written by renowned Okanagan author and scholar Jeannette Armstrong with illustrations by Okanagan artist Barbara Marchand this book is designed to appeal to elementary level readers. Part story and picture book this title contains factual information about the Okanagan Nation prior to the contact period. Told from the perspective of two friends, Neekna and Chemai recount the seasonal rounds of their families living on the land in the British Columbia interior.