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.
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.
In Memory of Feast: Memories of Residential School Survivors by Judy Reuben, Mohawk from the Turtle Clan, are stories of childhood food memories of Residential School Survivors. These stories record early food memories prior to entering this school system. The stories share the knowledge that many Indigenous families relied on traditional foods and were food secure prior to the introduction of western foods.Traditional foods and practices - fishing, hunting, trapping and gathering - played an integral role in health and strength.
Let's Eat Bannock by Masiana Kelly, Inuit and Dene from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, and Fort Simpson, NWT. In, Let's Eat Bannock, learn all about this delicious treat! Bannock is enjoyed by people across Nunavut. Many families have their own recipes that have been passed down for generations. This book provides information about bannock, its history, and how it is made.
The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota Sioux chef, cookbook author, and promoter of indigenous cuisine with Beth Dooley, is a rich education and a delectable introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, with a vision and approach to food that travels well beyond those borders.
Th’owxiya / The Hungry Feast Dish by Kwantlen First Nation writer, Joseph Dandurand, is the story of the Kwantlen First Nation village of Squa’lets and the tale of Th’owxiya, an old and powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish of tempting, beautiful foods from around the world. But even surrounded by this delicious food, Th’owxiya herself craves only the taste of children. When she catches a hungry mouse named Kw’at’el stealing a piece of cheese from her dish, she threatens to devour Kw’at’el’s whole family, unless he can bring Th’owxiya two child spirits.
In The Range Eternal, Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tells the story of the heart of a home in the Turtle Mountains, It is a woodstove. This woodstove is where Mama makes her good soup, where she cooks a potato for warming hands on icy mornings, where she heats a stone for warming cold toes at night. It warms the winter nights and keeps Windigo, the ice monster, at bay.
Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change is part of the series on Canada’s Changing Climate: Problems and Solutions. This series investigates the impact of climate change on Canada’s peoples, place and lifestyle. Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change is by Marla Tomlinson with content consultant Dennis McPherson, band member of Couchiching First Nation, and a professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University.
In Métis Camp Circle: A Bison Way of Life, author and artist Leah Marie Dorion, an interdisciplinary Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, transports young readers back in time when bison were the basis of Métis lifeways on the Plains. This book is translated into Michif by Norman Fleury, Michif Elder and gifted Michif storyteller. During much of the nineteenth century, bison hunting was integral to the Métis’ social, economic, and political life. As “People of the Buffalo,” the Métis were bison hunters par excellence.