In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott, Dane-Zaa and Metis/Cree is a three part memoir in her dreamless void, the in-between and the healing. The memoir follows the life of Helen Knott through her childhood, describing life during school especially after eighth grade, and as a young woman on her red road journey through rape, alcoholism and drug addiction. It is her journey of darkness through which she questions her selfhood, ancestry, faith, and existence.
'We Sang You Home' is the Plains Cree translation of the charming and heart-warming board book that welcomes a new baby boy into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp, translated by Mary Cardinal Collins and beautifully illustrated by Julie Flett, this book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family print resources. This is a 2019 First Nation Communities READ book. and a highly recommended book.
Families is a 32-page picture published by Inhabit Media about a grade two student who attends school in his home community of Iqaluit. The simple book explains a variety of families living in the town from single parent home, a home with a mother, father and child, a girl with two mothers, a boy with two fathers, a girl living with her grandmother, and a boy with two families—a father in Iqaluit and a mother in Ottawa. The student begins to realize that no matter your own kind of family if there is caring and love that is what counts.
Only in My Hometown: Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani is written and illustrated by sisters Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen about growing up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Written in Inuktitut (using both syllabics and transliterated roman orthography) and English the 24-page book tells readers about the girls and their family in simple poetry format along with colour drawings of key activities the girls enjoyed while growing up.
Kohkum`s Babushka: A Magical Metis-Ukrainian Tale is a unique modern oral tradition of a first encounter between a Metis family and an immigrant family. Unable to speak the other`s language the families share food and clothing. This imagined history takes readers to an ideal meeting that benefits both families. Caring, sharing, reciprocity and good feelings all around are symbolized in a colourful woman`s head scarf. Ideal for teachers looking for a first encounter resource. Suggested for junior-intermediate social studies.
Les nouvelles kamiks de Viivi (Viivi's New Kamiks), Level 9 is a leveled reader that uses a sequential story to introduce children to kamiks, a traditional boot Inuit have worn for hundreds of years. An explanatory note helps children understand what kamiks look like and why they are worn. All nine-year-old Viivi wants for her birthday is a pair of kamiks. These special books take a long time to make and also each person must take good care of their pair. Viivi sets out to prove to her parents that she is a responsible person who can now care for her boots.
J'aide mon grand-père (Helping My Grandfather), Level 6 is an illustrated book that introduces beginning readers to the verb to help. Set in the Arctic out on the land, this reader shows a young boy helping his grandfather with daily chores inside and outside the tent. This 8-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 6 titles have 8 to 12 pages of text with one to two sentences per page. The fun, full-colour comic-like illustrations by Luke Coleman assist the beginning reader with decoding the simple text.
A Day With Yayah is a picture book for primary and junior level children which follows an extended family on an outing to pick mushrooms in the family's traditional territory of the Nicola Valley, British Columbia. Grandmother (Yayeh) guides her grandchildren as they identify edible and healing plants and foods. The children also identify harmful plants.