Where Did You Get Your Moccasins? is a wonderful picture book well suited for reading aloud to preschool and kindergarten children. The story focuses on a young boy who brings a pair of moccasins to school for show and tell. He explains step by step how his Kookum, his grandmother, made the moccasins. The sensitive black and white pencil drawings reflect the author's and illustrator's respect for the First Nation child in a multi-cultural, urban school setting.
The Missing by Melanie Florence uses as its background the ongoing circumstance of unsolved cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, this fictional mystery set in Winnipeg explores one teenager's response to a system that has long denied and misrepresented the problem.After a girl she knows from school goes missing and is found dead in the Red River, Feather is shocked when the police write it off as a suicide.
Shannen and the Dream for a School is one of the titles in the Kids Power Series from Second Story Press. The author Janet Wilson has taken the real-life story of Shannen Koostachin, her friends and family of Attawapiskat and created a fictionalized account in a chapter book format. Shannen was a student attending JR Nakogee Elementary when her and other community students began a campaign to have a new school built. The school had been contaminated by a fuel spill in 1979, and now students were forced to endure moldy and drafty portables during the school day. At thirteen Shannen and h
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids is the new release from award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Much more than interviews with 45 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American youth between the ages of 9 to 18, Looks Like Daylight offers readers a first-hand account of their cultural beliefs, values, and aspirations for the future. Despite issues of poverty, the legacy of residential and boarding school, and drug and alcohol abuse, these voices combine to create a compelling collection of Indigenous youth voices.
Secret of the Dance is a picture book tells the fictional story of an nine-year-old Kwakwaka'wakw boy who witnesses a Potlatch Ceremony in 1935. Retired provincial court judge, Alfred Scow, recounts the event to Andrea Spalding about this once forbidden ceremony. The federal government passed legislation prohibiting Potlatch Ceremonies in 1885. These important ceremonies were often held in private by families because if caught the participants could face prison time or have their regalia and masks confiscated.
The Little Hummingbird is a brilliant children's picture book by Haida artist and storyteller Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas about the power of one person doing the best they can. Inspired by the story of a forest fire and the courage and determination of a tiny hummingbird this artist and illustrator has created a breath-taking mix of simple narrative sparsely told and accompanied by moving Haida-inspired art images. This story of a fearless hummingbird that carries single drops of water to stop a raging forest fire is taken from a parable of the Quechuan people of South America.
Seven Sacred Teachings of White Buffalo Calf Woman, Niizhwaaswi aanike'iniwendiwin waabishiki mashkode bizhikiins ikwe, is the 2009 book from Metis author David Bouchard. This publication is co-written with Joseph Martin; Cree translator Mary Cardinal; and co-published with The South Slave Divisional Education Council. This book is illustrated by Kristy Cameron.. The book combines the Seven Grandfather Teachings and the White Buffalo Calf Woman teachings into a coherent mix. The book begins with a foreword briefly explaining the teachings of White Buffalo Calf Woman told in first person.
The Secret of Your Name: Proud to be Metis, Kiimooch ka shinikashooyen, Aen Kishchitaymook Aen Li Michif Iwik, is the 2010 picture book by renowned Métis author David Bouchard. The book draws in readers with the warmth and detailed colour art illustrations by Dennis J. Weber as well as the poetic verses written in English and Michif. The story of the author's identity is told in the spare text and the engaging images. He begins with acknowledging the early contact period of the French and First Nations.
The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale is a picture book by Lydia Dabcovich. A lonely old woman adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son, until jealous villagers threaten the bear's life, forcing him to leave his home and his "mother," in a retelling of a traditional Inuit story. Lexile Measure: 470. ATOS Reading Level: 3.4. Reading Counts Reading Level: 3.1.
As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer Before Residential School is a poignant story for children about the joyous summer spent in northern Alberta in 1944. The story focuses on the daily routine of a ten-year-old Cree boy named Lawrence. His days are filled with family activities and personal adventures. At the beginning of summer Lawrence overhears the adults talking about how the children would have to attend a school far away and that this school was something like prison.