Authentic First Peoples Resources K - 9

Status: In Print

Published by FNESC and FNSA, 2016 (2nd edition). 136 pages.

For ordering hard copies ($15.00 per guide), please visit FNESC's ordering page.
The annotated listings provided in this guide identify currently available authentic First Peoples texts that students can work with to meet provincial standards related to literacy as well as a variety of specific subject areas.

The guide is intended to help BC educators introduce resources that reflect First Peoples knowledge and perspectives into classrooms in respective ways. The inclusion of authentic First Peoples content into classrooms supports all students in developing an understanding of the significant place of First Peoples within the historical and contemporary fabric of this province and provides culturally relevant materials for Indigenous learners in British Columbia.

This guide lists resources (story and informational text) written for a student audience.

The Resource Evaluation Process

The annotated list of resources provided in this guide was developed by BC educators. As a part of the process:

a resource evaluation tool was developed (see Appendix: Evaluation Form)
FNESC issued a call to BC and Canadian publishers to distributors to submit materials for evaluation
FNESC convened teams of BC educators to evaluate the submitted resources according to the criteria in the Evaluation Form.

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7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • The 7 Generations series is available in one book, and the illustrations are in vivid colour. 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga includes the four graphic novels: Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins, and The Pact.

    Edwin is facing an uncertain future. Only by learning about his family's past—as warriors, survivors of a smallpox epidemic, casualties of a residential school—will he be able to face the present and embrace the future.

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A Coyote Solstice Tale Quantity: 1
Author: Thomas King
Traditional Territory: Cherokee
Format: Hardcover
  • Coyote is having friends over for a little solstice party in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the friends through the snowy woods to the mall -- a place they had never seen before. The trickster goes crazy with glee as he shops with abandon, only to dis-cover that filling a shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them.
    Ages 9-12

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A River Lost Quantity: 1
Author: Lynn Bragg
Traditional Territory: Sinixt
Format: Paperback
  • A River Lost is the familiar story of an ancient culture infringed upon and altered forever by modern technology. It is a story of how the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam led to the destruction of a way of life for the Arrow Lakes Tribe.

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A Stranger at Home Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • The powerful memoir of an Inuvialuit girl searching for her true self when she returns from residential school. Traveling to be reunited with her family in the Arctic, 10-year-old Margaret Pokiak can hardly contain her excitement. It's been two years since her parents delivered her to the school run by the dark-cloaked nuns and brothers. Coming ashore, Margaret spots her family, but her mother barely recognizes her, screaming, "Not my girl." Margaret realizes she is now marked as an outsider. And Margaret is an outsider: she has forgotten the language and stories of her people, and she can't even stomach the food her mother prepares. However, Margaret gradually relearns her language and her family's way of living. Along the way, she discovers how important it is to remain true to the ways of her people -- and to herself. Highlighted by archival photos and striking artwork, this first-person account of a young girl's struggle to find her place will inspire young readers to ask what it means to belong.

    Sequel to Fatty Legs.

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A Walk on the Tundra Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Hardcover
  • A Walk on the Tundra follows Inuujaq, a little girl who travels with her grandmother onto the tundra. There, Inuujaq learns that these tough little plants are much more important to Inuit than she originally believed.

    In addition to an informative storyline that teaches the importance of Arctic plants, this book includes a field guide with photographs and scientific information about a wide array of plants found throughout the Arctic.

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Alego Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Hardcover
  • Alego is a beautifully simple story, written in Inuktitut and English, about a young Inuit girl who goes to the shore with her grandmother to collect clams for supper. Along the way she discovers tide pools brimming with life -- a bright orange starfish, a creepy-crawly thing with many legs called an ugjunnaq, a hornshaped sea snail and a sculpin.

    Written and illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee, one of the most interesting young artists in Cape Dorset, home to the great tradition of Inuit art, this is an enchanting and utterly authentic introduction to the life of an Inuit child and her world.

    Alego includes an illustrated glossary of sea creatures as well as a map of Baffin Island. Ages 4-7

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Animal World Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Heiltsuk
Format: Board Book
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B is for Basketball Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Haida
Format: Hardcover
  • This is the official book of the 2011 All Native Basketball Tournament. These games have been held in Prince Rupert, British Columbia for over 50 years. Since its inception, the Tournament has become an important cultural gathering.

    B is For Basketball was created in collaboration with the students and teachers of School District No. 50 on Haida Gwaii. It is a tribute, and it is a labour of love.

    Finally, this is also an alphabet book that includes a Foreword by Governor General Award-Winning Artist Robert Davidson, and is filled with captivating illustrations, which is sure to be enjoyed by all!

    B is For Basketball was recently featured on the CBC’s North By Northwest! Congrats to the Students and Teachers of School District #50 (Haida Gwaii), and to Judy!

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Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Salish
Format: Paperback
  • Coyote devises a clever plan to steal fire, aided by Grizzly Bear, Wren, Snake, Frog, Eagle, and Beaver. These brave and resourceful animal beings raided the land above and risked all to steal fire. Steeped in the rich and culturally vital storytelling tradition of the tribe, this tale teaches both respect for fire and awareness of its significance.

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Beneath Raven Moon Quantity: 1
Author: David Bouchard
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw, Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • There are as many Creation stories as there are First Nations on Turtle Island. The story of a Great Flood is known to indigenous people in every corner of the world. But what about the Moon? Who made her? What was her intended purpose?

    Beneath Raven Moon is an enchanting tale of the creation of Grandmother Moon and of the first time she wove her spell on a young, unsuspecting couple.

    The story unfolds in the territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw people – now also known as British Columbia’s Inside Passage – where Raven and Eagle join together in good-natured conspiracy to foster a heart-warming romance.

    Follow the magical vision of Métis author David Bouchard and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson to learn why Raven found it necessary to bless us with the heavenly sphere that guides we two-leggeds and illuminates our night sky. And enjoy the enchantment of the music and flute of Mary Youngblood as you sit in wonder ... Beneath Raven Moon.

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Byron Through the Seasons Quantity: 1
Author: Dene Children
Traditional Territory: Dene
Format: Paperback
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.1- Earth and Space Science

    Favored selection by the Canadian Childrens Book Centre, Byron Through the Seasons A Dene-English Story Book recalls early aspects of Dene lifestyle, from tanning and medicine to camping and food preservation.

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Caring For Me series: Eat, Run and Live Healthy
Author: Karen W. Olson
Format: Paperback
  • Nurse Ellen visits Annie Calf Robe' classroom. Nurse Ellen's use of pictures and fun activities helps the children learn about the importance of healthy foods.

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Caring For Me series: Eyes, Ears, Nose and Mouth
Author: Karen W. Olson
Format: Paperback
  • What happens when you get a bead stuck up your nose? Tony's visit to the doctor's office shows how to take care of eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

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Caring For Me series: Living Safe, Playing Safe
Author: Karen W. Olson
Format: Paperback
  • Tony, Rainey, Jennifer, and Mavis love playing, with the help of their parents, they learn important safety lessons at school, in the kitchen and in the playground.

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Caring For Me series: Taking Care Of Mother Earth Quantity: 1
Format: Paperback
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: K-Physical and Earth Science

    Charlie and Grandma are doing chores around the house. While doing the chores, grandma shares loving stories with Charlie on how to take care mother earth.

    This series was developed through consultations with health promotion workers and early childhood educators. There are six titles in the series that deal with issues such as healthy eating, safety, dealing with feelings and notions of respect. This series is appropriate for ages three to five, and the books have full-colour illustrations.


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Catching Spring Quantity: 1
Author: Sylvia Olsen
Traditional Territory: Tsartlip
Format: Paperback
  • Bobby lives in Tsartlip First nation on Vancouver Island. More than anything, he would love to enter the upcoming fishing derby. But how can he do that with no money, no boat and no time?

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Ch'askin: Legend of the Sechelt People Quantity: 1
Author: Donna Joe
Traditional Territory: Sechelt
Format: Paperback
  • Ch'askin is the great thunderbird whose appearance heralds rumbling thunder, a darkening sky and flashes of lightning as well as good luck for the people of the Sechelt Nation.

    This compelling book recounts how this enormous and awe-inspiring bird who looks like a golden eagle except much, much larger — aided and protected the members of the Sechelt villages for many years in many ways. From helping Chief Spelmu'lh, the father of the Sechelt Nation, build both the first longhouse and the many villages of his people, to delivering goats and grizzly bears for the hungry people to eat and creating islands from pebbles for the tired Sechelt hunters to rest, the story of Ch'askin is a story of protection, friendship and respect for fellow living beings.

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Chiwid Quantity: 1
Author: Sage Birchwater
Traditional Territory: Tsilhqot'in
Format: Paperback
  • Chiwid was a Tsilhqot'in woman, said to have shamanistic powers, who spent most of her adult life "living out" in the hills and forests around Williams Lake, BC. Chiwid is the story of this remarkable woman told in the vibrant voices of Chilcotin oldtimers, both native and non-native.

    Chiwid is Number 2 in the Transmontanus series of books edited by Terry Glavin.

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Christmas At Wapos Bay Quantity: 1
Author: Jordan Wheeler
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • At Christmas time in Saskatchewan, three Cree kids visit their Moshum's (grandfather's) cabin to learn about traditional ways and experience a life-changing adventure. The kids decide to help prepare by going hunting, but they don't understand how unprepared they are or what danger they're in. The experience helps them to grow in skill and understanding and to become more mature.

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Chuck in the City Quantity: 1
Author: Jordan Wheeler
Traditional Territory: Cree, Haida
Format: Paperback
  • Follow the adventures of Chuck as he gets lost on his first trip to the big city. Chuck encounters stray dogs and alley cats, kids on skateboards and rollerblades, and tall office towers. After realizing he is lost, Chuck relies on what he has learned to find his way back to his kookum's (grandmother's) condo.

    Chuck in the City is Jordan Wheeler's second book for children. The award-winning Cree author and scriptwriter previously introduced young readers to Chuck in Just a Walk. Wheeler writes in a rhyming style that will capture and hold a child's attention.

    Awards:
    Paris Book Festival Competition, 2010 - Runner-up and Honourable Mention
    2010, Children's Runner-up, Chidren's Honourable Mention

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Cloudwalker Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Haida, Heiltsuk, Ts'msyen
Format: Hardcover
  • Cloudwalker, describing the creation of the rivers, is the second in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Their previous collaboration, Raven Brings the Light (2013), is a national bestseller.

    On British Columbia's northwest coast lies the Sacred Headwaters--the source of three of British Columbia's largest salmon-bearing rivers. These rivers are the source of life for all creatures in the area. But what gave life to the rivers themselves?

    Astace, a young Gitxsan hunter, is intent on catching a group of swans with his bare hands. He is carried away by the birds' powerful wings and dropped in the clouds. With only a cedar box of water Astace wanders the clouds, growing weaker, stumbling and spilling the contents. When he finally returns to earth he discovers lakes, creeks, and rivers where there were none before. The Gitxsan rejoice at having him home, and name the new river they live alongside Ksien--"juice from the clouds."

    Roy Henry Vickers' vibrant artwork, including 18 new prints, accompany this new retelling of an ancient story--readers of all ages will be captivated.

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Counting on Hope Quantity: 1
Author: Sylvia Olsen
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish, Tsartlip, Lamalcha
Format: Paperback
  • Hope and her family travel from England to their new home on an island off the coast of British Columbia in the 1860s. Hope thinks that she has arrived in paradise. She is right … until whiskey traders arrive.

    Letia and her family are Lamalcha people who winter on Kuper Island and move to Wallace Island in the summer. The problem is that Letia's summer camp is on the island that the Crown has deeded to Hope's family. When the two girls meet, against the wishes of their mothers, their stories intersect.

    Set against the backdrop of the confusing events surrounding the English colonization of British Columbia, and an 1863 naval assault on Kuper Island, Counting on Hope tells the story of two girls whose lives are profoundly changed when their two cultures collide.

    Alternating between free verse and prose, Sylvia Olsen follows the girl's individual storylines before, during and after their meeting. She captures the wonder and joy with which Hope and Letia develop their friendship. She also describes the tragic events, suspicion, fear and confusion that characterize so many early encounters between Europeans and the First Peoples. Ultimately a story of hope, this sensitively drawn depiction of innocence lost and wisdom hard won follows Hope and Letia out of childhood, off their island paradise and into the complex realities of an adult world.

    Ages 12+

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Dancing in My Bones Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Book 2 in the trilogy: Fiddle Dancer, Dancing In My Bones, Call of the Fiddle.

    Dancing in My Bones, the sequel to the highly successful book Fiddle Dancer, returns us to the story of a young Metis boy named Nolin as he continues to discover his Metis heritage.
    Lovingly written by Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton and vividly illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette, Dancing in My Bones will take you on a journey to discover Moushoom's first moose hunt, red lipstick kisses, Uncle Bunny's fiddling, and the return of the "Bannock Jig." But most importantly, by the end of the story, you might feel like you have dancing in your bones!

    Includes a CD with English and Michif Narrations of the Story and Fiddle Music!

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Dancing With The Cranes Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Okanagan
Format: Paperback
  • Chi finds herself feeling comforted after the loss of her grandmother, knowing her Temma will always be a part of her and looking forward to the new child who will be a part of their lives.

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Deadly Loyalties Quantity: 1
Author: Jennifer Storm
Traditional Territory: Ojibway
Format: Paperback
  • Deadly Loyalties is set in an urban lieu that is rife with young gangs who recruit their members as fresh as they can get them. Blaise, a 14-year-old girl and the narrator of Deadly Loyalties, is in the centre of this urban gang setting. An innocent bystander she witnesses the brutal murder of her good friend Sheldon by his rival gang. Due to her witnessing this murder, Blaise is pulled into a gang war. An engrossing and compelling coming of age story depicting the gritty and often gruesome realities of life on the streets, Deadly Loyalties is an open and honest look at the violence and pressures teenagers face when trying to belong. This page turning love story is from a teenagers perspective and reveals to the reader how some bad choices are not always rooted in bad values. A search for belonging can often result in mistaken loyalties. This struggle through teenage angst is a tale of friendship, betrayal and redemption, of loyalty, revenge and survival.

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Dipnetting With Dad Quantity: 1
Author: Willie Sellars
Traditional Territory: Secwepemc
Format: Hardcover
  • BUMP, BUMP - SLAP, river sockeye salmon are pulled onto shore!
    Set in the beautiful landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin region, DIPNETTING WITH DAD is a delightful and colourful story of a father teaching his son the Secwepemc method of fishing known as dipnetting. Together they visit the sweat lodge, mend the nets, select the best fishing spot and catch and pack their fish through rugged bush back to the family home for traditional preparation. In his first book, Williams Lake Indian Band member Willie Sellars captures family values, the importance of storytelling, community living and coming of age in one of BC's oldest cultures. Debut artist Kevin Easthope's contemporary and dynamic illustrations bring the characters to life as they jump off the page and pull you into their world.

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Discover the Animals Colouring and Learning Book Quantity: 1
Format: Paperback
  • Northwest Coast First Nations and Native art colouring and learning book.

    24 pages

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Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Hardcover
  • A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.

    Truly universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own place in the world. Divided into four sections, ‘Roots,’ ‘Battles,’ ‘Medicines,’ and ‘Dreamcatchers,’ this book offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media.

    Emerging and established Native artists, including acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, renowned visual artist Bunky Echo Hawk, and stand-up comedian Ryan McMahon, contribute thoughtful and heartfelt pieces on their experiences growing up Indigenous, expressing them through such mediums as art, food, the written word, sport, dance, and fashion. Renowned chef Aaron Bear Robe, for example, explains how he introduces restaurant customers to his culture by reinventing traditional dishes. And in a dramatic photo spread, model Ashley Callingbull and photographer Thosh Collins reappropriate the trend of wearing ‘Native’ clothing.

    Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the future, Dreaming In Indian refuses to shy away from difficult topics. Insightful, thought-provoking, and beautifully honest, this book will to appeal to young adult readers. An innovative and captivating design enhances each contribution and makes for a truly unique reading experience.

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Explore the Animals Colouring and Learning Book Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Paperback
  • Northwest Coast First Nations and Native art colouring and learning book.

    24 pages

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Fatty Legs: A True Story Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • In 2011-2012, Fatty Legs: A True Story was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

    The moving memoir of an Inuit girl who emerges from a residential school with her spirit intact.

    Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools.

    At school Margaret soon encounters the Raven, a black-cloaked nun with a hooked nose and bony fingers that resemble claws. She immediately dislikes the strong-willed young Margaret. Intending to humiliate her, the heartless Raven gives gray stockings to all the girls, all except Margaret, who gets red ones. In an instant Margaret is the laughingstock of the entire school.

    In the face of such cruelty, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and bravely gets rid of the stockings. Although a sympathetic nun stands up for Margaret, in the end it is this brave young girl who gives the Raven a lesson in the power of human dignity.

    Complemented by archival photos from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's collection and striking artworks from Liz Amini-Holmes, this inspiring first-person account of a plucky girl's determination to confront her tormentor will linger with young readers.

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From Lishamie Quantity: 1
Author: Albert Canadien
Traditional Territory: Dene
Format: Paperback
  • With astonishing detail, Albert Canadien fondly recounts his boyhood years in Lishamie, a traditional Dene camp north of the Mackenzie River, and reflects on the devastating and long-lasting impact residential schooling had on him, his family and his people. Separated at a young age from his parents and forced to attend a strict Catholic boarding school, the author—and many like him—was robbed of his language, community and traditional way of living. From Lishamie is a candid memoir of loss and of the journey back.

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From the Mountains to the Sea: We Are a Community Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • Each book in the series, From the Mountains to the Sea, supports the new BC Aboriginal Learning Standards in both Science and Social Studies.

    Click link to download a Grade 2 five week planning guide: Grade 2 FREE Download for We Are a Community

    Back of book introduction:

    From the Mountains to the Sea: We Are a Community is a Grade 2 resource which covers all of your Aboriginal Learning Standards in both science and social studies within the new BC curriculum.

    This book is about a river. Most rivers start high up in the mountains. As the water comes downhill, it makes little pathways in the rocks and gravel. As the pathways get bigger, they join to make streams. When several streams join, they make a river. Some rivers have waterfalls and deep pools. In some places, fast moving water tumbles over rocks forming rapids. When a river leaves the mountain for flatter ground it starts to slow down. Eventually, a river ends when it flows into the sea. Where the fresh water and the salt water meet is an estuary. Have you ever been to an estuary?

    The area in and around an estuary is a good place for plants, animals and people to live because we can all find food and water there. The salmon is an important food for many of us. Have you ever eaten salmon?

    People have paid attention to the life cycle of salmon for thousands of years. We have learned that sometimes we can help salmon survive by building a salmon hatchery along a river. Some hatcheries are huge while others are quite small. Have you ever visited a salmon hatchery?

    There are many sizes of rivers in the world. Some are wide. Some are narrow. Some are deep. Some are shallow.
    Do you live near a river?
    What plants and animals have you seen there?

    This book is also part of a bundled package that includes:
    A Card Game, matching and sequencing
    A CD
    Bulletin board trimmers
    Click here to view the bundle: From the Mountains to the Sea: We Are a Community Bundle

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From the Mountains to the Sea: We Live Here Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • Each book in the series, From the Mountains to the Sea, supports the new BC Aboriginal Learning Standards in both Science and Social Studies.

    From the Mountains to the Sea: We Live Here is a Kindergarten resource which covers all of your Aboriginal Learning Standards in both science and social studies within the new BC curriculum.

    Click link to download a five week Kindergarten planning guide:Kindergarten FREE Download for We Live Here

    Back of book introduction:
    This book is about a river. Can you find a river on the front cover of this book? What do you know about rivers?

    Most rivers start high up in the mountains. As the water comes down the hill, it makes little pathways in the rocks and gravel. As the pathways get bigger, they join to make streams. Sometimes the streams join together to make a river. Where a river leaves the mountains the ground flattens out, and the river slows down. The river ends when it flows into the sea.

    The area in and around a river is a good place for plants, animals and people to live because we can all find food and water there. The salmon is an important food for many of us.

    Some of the plants and animals that you will find in this book are:
    Cedar trees live and grow all the way along a river, from the mountains to the sea.

    Salmon spend their adult lives out in the open sea. When it is time to lay their eggs, they swim back to their home streams. Their home streams are sometimes very close to the mountains.

    Bears walk long distances to find their food. They live from the mountains to the sea. In the fall they go to the rivers to fish for salmon.

    Eagles fly over large areas looking for food. They live from the mountains to the sea. In the fall, they go to the rivers to feast on salmon.

    Orcas live in the open sea. They swim long distances to hunt for food.
    Some orcas eat salmon.

    This book is also part of a bundled package that includes:
    A Talking Feather
    A boxed rubber stamp collection
    Bulletin board trimmers
    Click here to view the bundle: From the Mountains to the Sea: We Live Here Bundle

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From the Mountains to the Sea: We Share the Seasons Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • Each book in the series, From the Mountains to the Sea, supports the new BC Aboriginal Learning Standards in both Science and Social Studies.

    Click link to download a five week Grade 1 planning guide: Grade 1 FREE Download for We Share the Seasons

    Back of book introduction:

    From the Mountains to the Sea: We Share the Seasons is a Grade 1 resource which covers all of your Aboriginal Learning Standards in both science and social studies within the new BC curriculum.

    This book is about the changing seasons in and along a riverbank, from the mountains to the sea. You will see many plants and animals that live along a riverbank. They grow and change just as we do.

    A season is one of the four parts of the year: winter, spring, summer and fall. We all share and experience the changing of the seasons. Some changes we all make are small. Other changes are big. We all grow and change. What do you know about the seasons?

    Winter, up in the mountains can be cold. The days are short. Many animals sleep in their dens underneath the snow. Other animals are active all winter. Some birds and animals travel away to warmer places. Most plants rest during the winter too.

    Spring, along the banks of a mountain stream, is a time when the weather feels warmer. The days are longer. Sleeping animals wake up and come out of their dens. They are hungry and start looking for food. Birds and animals that went away for the winter come back. Plants start to grow again.

    Summer, along the banks of a river can sometimes be hot. The days are long. The young animals and birds are growing. They are learning how to find food and stay safe from danger. Plants are growing and spreading out their leaves and branches. Wild berries start to ripen and provide food for many of us.

    Fall, around a river estuary can be cool and windy. The days are shorter. Animals and birds start getting ready for the long winter ahead. Some fatten themselves up so that they can sleep through the winter. Others gather with their families to begin their long journey to warmer places. The salmon return from the sea and swim up their home streams to lay their eggs in the gravel. Trees, shrubs, and bushes begin to turn colour and then drop their leaves. Plants start to move into a time of rest.
    Which of the four seasons is your favourite? Why do you like it the best?


    This book is also part of a bundled package that includes:
    A set of moon posters
    A set of sort and categorize cards
    Bulletin board trimmers
    Click here to view the bundle: From the Mountains to the Sea: We Share the Seasons Bundle

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Giving Thanks Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Akwesasne Mohawk, Cayuga, Tuscarora
Format: Paperback
  • The Mohawk tradition teaches children to start each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth, in keeping with the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift, and that the universe represents one great family.

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Good Morning World Quantity: 1
Author: Native Elements
Traditional Territory: Haisla, Heiltsuk
Format: Board Book
  • Childrens board book - 24 pages, 6" x 7 1/2", paper sourced from sustainable forests, soy ink, non-toxic coating.Good Morning World Artwork by Paul Windsor, Haisla, Heiltsuk.

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Goodbye Buffalo Bay Quantity: 1
Author: Larry Loyie
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • In his last year in residential school, Lawrence learns the power of friendship and finds the courage to stand up for his beliefs. He returns home to find the traditional First Nations life he loved is over. He feels like a stranger to his family until his grandfather's gentle guidance helps him find his way.

    This is a sequel to his much loved As Long As the River Flows.

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Goodnight World (BB) Quantity: 1
Author: Native Explore
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Board Book
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Granny and I Get Traditional Names Quantity: 1
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, told in the voice of a young girl, she describes how she and her Granny get ready for their naming ceremony. When the special day arrives, the Longhouse fills with people who will witness and celebrate the sharing of their traditional names.

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Hide and Sneak Quantity: 1
Author: Michael Kusugak
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • One lovely afternoon Allashua is lured into mischief by a charming but sneaky little creature.

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Him Standing Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Ojibway
Format: Paperback
  • When Lucas Smoke learns the Ojibway art of carving from his grandfather, he proves to be a natural. He can literally make people come to life in wood. Then Lucas's growing reputation attracts a mysterious stranger, who offers him a large advance to carve a spirit mask.
    This mask is to represent the master, but Lucas must find its face in his dreams. As his dreams become more and more disturbing, he feels himself changing. And the mask takes control of his life. Then a chance encounter with an old woman introduces him to the identity of the master. He is an ancient sorcerer named Him Standing, a powerful and dark wizard. The more Lucas works on the mask, the closer Him Standing comes to emerging from the dream world to walk the earth again. What follows is a race against time and the forces of evil in this supernatural thriller.

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How Raven Stole the Sun (Tales of the People) Quantity: 1
Author: Maria Williams
Traditional Territory: Tlingit
Format: Hardcover
  • A long time ago, Raven was pure white, like fresh snow in winter. This was so long ago that the only light came from campfires, because a greedy chief kept the stars, moon, and sun locked up in elaborately carved boxes. Determined to free them, the shape-shifting Raven resourcefully transformed himself into the chief's baby grandson and cleverly tricked him into opening the boxes and releasing the starlight and moonlight. Though tired of being stuck in human form, Raven maintained his disguise until he got the chief to open the box with the sun and flood the world with daylight, at which point he gleefully transformed himself back into a raven. When the furious chief locked him in the house, Raven was forced to escape through the small smokehole at the top--and that's why ravens are now black as smoke instead of white as snow.

    This engaging Tlingit story is brought to life in painted illustrations that convey a sense of the traditional life of the Northwest Coast peoples.

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How the Fox Got His Crossed Legs Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Dogrib, Tlicho
Format: Hardcover
  • Fox is howling, crying, for he lost his leg to Bear, all the people wanted to help Fox, but didn't know what to do. Raven is called upon to help retrieve his leg. Will Raven succeed in the quest for Fox's leg?

    This book includes an audio and interactive multimedia CD that you can play on a CD player, PC or Mac. Also included is a Dogrib Elder telling his version of this ancient legend in Dogrib. An orthography chart is included.

    In Dogrib and English.

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How the Fox Saved the People Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Tlicho, Dogrib
Format: Hardcover
  • Hunger strikes the people, and Raven is mysteriously happy. Fox decides to find out why. Follow Fox as he uses his cunning skills to solve the mystery.

    Includes an audio and interactive multimedia CD that you can play on a CD player, PC or Mac. An orthography chart is included.

    In Dogrib and English.

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How The Robin Got Its Red Breast Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Sechelt
Format: Paperback
  • These traditional teaching legends come straight from the oral traditions of the Sechelt Nation.

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I Am Raven: A Story of Discovery Quantity: 1
Author: David Bouchard
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • David Bouchard dives into his own life and identity in this beautifully illustrated book.

    Personal totems are often described as animal spirit guardians. Totems are passed down through family lines. The beautiful prose describes an amazing personal journey of discovery, finally, inviting the reader to do the same.

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I Can't Have Bannock But The Beaver Has A Dam Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Cree, Saulteaux
Format: Paperback
  • A boy patiently listens to his mother''s reasons for not making bannock-all the result of a beaver''s need to make a dam. Includes a bannock recipe!

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I Help/Niwechihaw Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Cree, Tahltan
Format: Hardcover
  • Written and illustrated by members of the Tahltan and Cree nations, this sweet, simple story looks at a very special relationship. A young boy goes for a walk with his kohkom, or grandmother, listening, picking, praying, eating . . . just as she does. In doing so, he begins to learn the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage.

    Leona Neilson's thoughtful text and Caitlin Dale Nicholson’s acrylic-on-canvas illustrations blend beautifully to show both the deep bond between the boy and his grandmother and the beauty of their world. Poetic, resonant text makes this an ideal read-aloud for young ears.

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I Know I Am Precious and Sacred Quantity: 1
Author: Debora Abood
Format: Paperback
  • The second book in the Precious and Sacred Series is finally here!

    I Know I Am Precious and Sacred follows a conversation between a child and loving grandfather as they talk about what the words “precious” and “sacred” mean. These culturally integral concepts are explained in simple, practical terms, so that Little Ones may recognize how they affect relationships in families and communities.

    I Know I Am Precious And Sacred is a soft-cover children’s book, geared towards readers and listeners ages 5 to 10 years old, but holds out important truths for their adults as well. The book was printed locally by Hemlock Printers, Ltd, a family-owned business, recognized and awarded in their industry for excellence in both quality and environmental sustainability.

    We are pleased to once again partner with Victoria Native Friendship Centre on this fantastic resource for social, cultural and educational organizations who want to explore the richness of First Nation ancestral teachings on the value of children.

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I Like Who I Am Quantity: 1
Author: Tara White
Traditional Territory: Mohawk
Format: Paperback
  • Celina is a young Mohawk girl who moves with her mother to her mother's home reserve. She is teased by classmates because of her blond, blue-eyed appearance. Her great grandmother helps her understand that being Mohawk is not about how she looks, but what she feels in her heart.

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I See Me Quantity: 1
Author: Margaret Manuel
Traditional Territory: Okanagan, Secwepemc
Format: Board Book
  • This delightful baby book is filled with images of baby eating, sleeping, playing and doing other antics. A blank line appears under each English caption so parents may write the word in their own language. This book will help parents educate their babies in their formative years.

    To help parents use this book, an example of an Okanagan word appears on a blank line on the first page spread. Other pages each have a blank line for missing words, and parents can write the appropriate word on each line.

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I Was Born Precious and Sacred Quantity: 1
Author: Debora Abood
Format: Paperback
  • This is the refrain of the book, I Was Born Precious And Sacred, which recounts with simple language and poignant photographs the ancestral teachings about the sanctity of each and every Little Person born into our communities. The simple words of this read-aloud book echo the timeless truth that every aspect of our children are sacred and valuable, and that each of us must work to preserve their minds, bodies, spirits, and hearts.

    I Was Born Precious And Sacred is a soft-cover children’s book, geared towards readers and listeners ages 1 to 5 years old, but holds out important truths for their adults as well.

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Jenneli's Dance Quantity: 1
Author: Elizabeth Denny
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Jenneli is a shy young girl who feels that she is nothing special, until she learns about the Metis Red-River Jig from her grandma. One day, Grandma Lucee enters her into a jigging contest. Jenneli's Dance is a story that instills a sense of pride in the Metis culture, and deals with low self-esteem.

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Jingle Dancer Quantity: 1
Author: Cynthia L Smith
Traditional Territory: Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Format: Hardcover
  • Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek) girl, wants to honor a family tradition by jingle dancing at the next powwow. But where will she find enough jingles for her dress? An unusual, warm family story, beautifully evoked in Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu's watercolor art. Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2001, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council. Ages 4-8

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Just a Walk Quantity: 1
Author: Jordan Wheeler
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • In Just a Walk, a young boy named Chuck goes for a simple walk that turns into a day of crazy adventure. Chuck encounters animals, fish and birds that lead him on a wild journey through their various habitats.

    Jordan Wheeler's whimsical rhyming will capture the young readers attention and Chuck’s hilarious predicaments will keep all ages laughing for more.

    Written to excite the young readers and to leave a smile on their faces.

    Back in Stock!

    Awards:
    Paris Book Festival Competition, 2010 - Runner-up and Honourable Mention
    2010, Children's Runner-up, Chidren's Honourable Mention

    Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2010 - Finalists
    2010

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Keepers of the Earth: Native Stories and Environmental Activities for Children Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Abenaki, Akwesasne Mohawk
Format: Paperback
  • Native American stores combine with related hands-on activities to inspire children with a deep respect and interest in the Earth and in Native cultures in this popular and critically acclaimed book. Keepers of the Earth uses an interdisciplinary approach to introduce environmental concepts to children, aged five through twelve. The activities include theatre, reading, writing, science, social studies, and mathematics, and are designed to engage all of the senses.

    With a foreword by N. Scott Momaday.

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Keepers of the Night: Native Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Abenaki, Akwesasne Mohawk
Format: Paperback
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.3-Earth and Life Science

    B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.4- Life Science

    Native lore, stories, and activities encourage children to explore the fascinating night world. By studying astronomy, Native beliefs, nighttime weather, and North American nocturnal plants and animals, children aged 5 to 12 learn to appreciate the importance of night in the natural cycle and overcome common fears about the nighttime world.

    Filled with interdisciplinary activities, legends, and illustrations to inspire children and educators alike.

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Kou-Skelowh - We Are The People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Okanagan
Format: Paperback
  • How Turtle Set the Animals Free is a surprising tortoise-and-hare legend with far-flung consequences. How Food Was Given describes the care and sacrifice of the four Chiefs of plant and animal life devoted to the new people who will soon come to Earth.

    Barb Marchand's vital, expressive watercolours bring the creatures alive. Her adroit portrayal of self-important Coyote in the telling but hilarious How Names Were Given adds to his personality. The touching humanity of this story is the stuff of great legends.

    And Marchand's illustrations echo the compassionate but musical voice that tells this story.—Elizabeth MacCallum, Children's Book Reviewer, The Globe and Mail

    Awards

    B.C. Millennium Book Awards
    2000 Winner of the B.C. Millennium Book Awards

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Learn and Play Quantity: 1
Author: Native Elements
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Board Book
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Learn the Alphabet Quantity: 1
Author: Native Elements
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Board Book
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Learn the Colours Quantity: 1
Author: Native Elements
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Board Book
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Learn to Count Quantity: 1
Author: Native Elements
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Board Book
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Lessons From Mother Earth Quantity: 1
Author: Elaine McLeod
Traditional Territory: Na-cho Nyak Dun
Format: Paperback
  • Tess has visited her grandmother many times without really being aware of the garden. But today when they step out the door, Tess learns that all of nature can be a garden. And if you take care of the plants that are growing, if you learn about them - understanding when they flower, when they give fruit, and when to leave them alone - you will always find something to nourish you.

    At the end of the day, Tess is grateful to Mother Earth for having such a lovely garden, and she is thankful for having such a wise grandma.
    Elaine McLeod's poetic text and Colleen Wood's gentle watercolors combine to make Lessons from Mother Earth a celebration of nature and life.

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Lightfinder Quantity: 1
Author: Aaron Paquette
Traditional Territory: Cree, Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Lightfinder is a Young Adult fantasy novel about Aisling , a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows.

    They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of her own. The story follows the paths of Aisling and Eric, siblings unwittingly thrust into a millennia old struggle for the future of life on earth. It deals with growing up, love and loss, and the choices life puts in our path. Love and confusion are in store, as are loss and pain. Things are not always what they seem and danger surrounds them at every turn. Will Raven's mysterious purposes prevail? With darkness closing in how will they find the light to g uide them? Will Aisling find Eric in time?

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Little Bear's Vision Quest Quantity: 1
Author: Diane Silvey
Traditional Territory: Sechelt
Format: Paperback
  • Little Bear's Vision Quest

    A full colour story book that teaches respect for others. The paintings were done by Joe Silvey (Salish). The book deals with name calling, initially showing the main character, Little Bear, as selfish and inconsiderate of others’ feelings. The book is a modern First Nations legend applying the traditional method of using stories as a teaching tool. Little Bear learns to value the traditions of his ancestors and through the daily ritual of cleansing himself becomes in tune with nature. The book can be used by teachers, parents and other caring adults to teach children the value of respect. Discussion questions are included for parents and teachers.

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Little You Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Dogrib
Format: Board Book
  • Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with talented illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that honors the child in everyone. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way!

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Mayuk The Grizzly Bear Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Sechelt
Format: Paperback
  • From the Publisher
    These traditional teaching legends come straight from the oral traditions of the Sechelt Nation. Simple enough to be understood by young children, yet compelling enough for adults, they are gentle, beautifully presented cautionary tales. You''ll want to read them again and again - and you''ll learn a few words of the Shishalh language while you''re at it. Charlie Craigan is a young Sechelt artist who works in a tiny studio set up in his bedroom. He studied traditional wood carving with Sechelt Nation carvers, but learned to draw and paint by studying books.
    About the Author
    The Sechelt Nation, a division of the Coast Salish family of First Nations, originally occupied the southern portion of what is now known as the Sunshine Coast of BC. At the time of contact with Europeans, the shishalh (Sechelt people) were a populous and peaceful people occupying some 80 scattered village sites. Estimates of original population range from 5,000 to 20,000, but by the time of the first official census in 1881, the Sechelt population had plunged to 167, mainly due to introduced …+ read moreThe Sechelt Nation, a division of the Coast Salish family of First Nations, originally occupied the southern portion of what is now known as the Sunshine Coast of BC. At the time of contact with Europeans, the shishalh (Sechelt people) were a populous and peaceful people occupying some 80 scattered village sites. Estimates of original population range from 5,000 to 20,000, but by the time of the first official census in 1881, the Sechelt population had plunged to 167, mainly due to introduced diseases. In this century, the band staged a remarkable comeback. Today the Sechelt are one of Canada''s most progressive First Nations groups, running a number of successful businesses. In 1986 the passage of Bill C-93 made the Sechelt Indian Band the first in Canada to achieve self-government. The band now numbers more than 1,000 members, about half of whom live on band lands.

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Missing Nimama Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Hardcover
  • Kateri is a young girl, growing up in the care of her grandmother. We see her reaching important milestones her first day of school, first dance, first date, wedding, first child along with her mother, who is always there, watching her child growing up without her.

    Told in alternating voices, Missing Nimama is a story of love, loss, and acceptance, showing the human side of a national tragedy. An afterword by the author provides a simple, age appropriate context for young readers.

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Mom, How Do You Make Smoked Fish? Quantity: 1
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, step-by-step instructions for gathering wood and catching, filleting and then smoking fish are given. The text and illustrations support the reader’s understanding of the process and emphasize the respect shown by the Coast Salish people for the circle of life.

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Moonshot Vol. 1 Quantity: 1
Author: Various Authors
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Paperback
  • Named as one of SLJ's Top Books of 2015, MOONSHOT The Indigenous Comics Collection brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling.

    From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future, this softcover collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work on the continent. MOONSHOT is an incredible collection that will amaze, intrigue and entertain!

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Mouse Celebrates the Winter Solstice Quantity: 1
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • It is winter. The land lies still, quiet and stark beneath a blanket of snow. The tiny footprints of a mouse can be seen in the light of the moon.

    "Wrapped in the quiet, and there in the bleak, there stood a wise mouse, preparing to speak."

    The words that mouse chose were from many years past. She spoke them into the cold night air. So begins the enchanting story of a very special Winter Solstice celebration.

    Kwakwaka’wakw author Terri Mack and Tsimshian artist Bill Helin have collaborated to bring us this story of strength, friendship and celebration. The lyrical text and engaging illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages.

    Author's note:

    Gila'kasla!
    I spent a year writing and rewriting this poem to be sure to convey the message clearly to my audience. It was important to me that the poem reflect the importance of us all joining together to find the sacredness in celebration, the joy of belonging within a greater community and the voice of determination inside of each of us. Inspired by Indigenous Peoples rising, healing and joining together I hope that this poem inspires our youth to be strong and determined in all their future goals.
    ~Terri Mack

    Book Dimensions: 9in x 12in
    Pages: 24
    ISBN: 9781771740555

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My Elders Tell Me Quantity: 1
Author: Marion Wright
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • Based on input from the elders of Quatsino, Fort Rupert, and Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw, Marion Roze Wright gathered materials and consensus for this anthology, rendered as a season-by-season story about two nine-year-old cousins who live near Port Hardy.

    This wide-ranging volume provides some Kwakwala language terms and educational sidebars, and contains factual information as it tells the story of two cousins and their adventures and experiences throughout the seasons. An index allows readers to quickly find specific information they may be seeking.

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My Heart Fills with Happiness Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Board Book
  • The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
    International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.

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My Life In A Kwagu'l Big House Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Namgis
Format: Paperback
  • "'Wheee!!' Honey's cousin Phillip Boy was roaring with delight as they whizzed down the stairs on their homemade iron surfboard. Honey could only close her eyes when she saw Grandma Axu at the bottom of the staircase..."

    Honey Jacobson considered herself lucky to live in the last semi-traditional Big House of the Kwagu'l people: a four-story home filled with a loving, extended family of cousins, uncles, aunts and the heads of the household, Grandpa Moses and Granny Axu. While new smaller houses were spreading throughout her community, Honey really knew only her relatives inside that Big House.

    Capturing the fancy of Honey's community and family, the 1960's saw a Kwagu'l family inevitably changed by Western culture's spell. This is Honey's story.

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My Life with the Salmon Quantity: 1
Author: Diane Jacobson
Traditional Territory: Namgis
Format: Paperback
  • Diane “Honey” Jacobson’s latest book is an important comment about First Nations efforts to save the salmon and her personal youthful journey to find meaning and a sense of place in life. Like the style in her first book My Life in a Kwagu’l Big House, Diane’s style in My Life with the Salmon is full of action, amazing adventures and fascinating connections between land, water and people. In My Life with the Salmon, we follow “Honey” through sometimes hilarious and sometimes difficult periods but we always learn a life lesson.

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My Name is Seepeetza Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Interior Salish
Format: Paperback
  • Told in diary form, this autobiographical novel about a sixth-grade Native girl tells of her heartbreak at the terrible conditions at her school where she is persecuted because of her race.

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Neekna and Chemai Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Okanagan
Format: Paperback
  • A story about two girls living in the Okanagan Valley before the arrival of the white man. An insight into customs and ways of the past.

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No Time to Say Goodbye Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Tsartlip
Format: Paperback
  • Children’s Stories of Kuper Island Residential School
    with Rita Morris and Ann Sam

    No Time to Say Goodbye is a fictional account of five children sent to aboriginal boarding school, based on the recollections of a number of Tsartlip First Nations people. These unforgettable children are taken by government agents from Tsartlip Day School to live at Kuper Island Residential School. The five are isolated on the small island and life becomes regimented by the strict school routine. They experience the pain of homesickness and confusion while trying to adjust to a world completely different from their own. Their lives are no longer organized by fishing, hunting and family, but by bells, line-ups and chores. In spite of the harsh realities of the residential school, the children find adventure in escape, challenge in competition, and camaraderie with their fellow students.

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Northwest Coast Native Animals Quantity: 1
Author: Kelly Robinson
Traditional Territory: Nuu-chah-nulth, Nuxalk
Format: Board Book
  • Each animal has many lessons to teach us. For example, we learn to care for our habitat, to live cooperatively with others, to ahve courage, to think before we act, and to be wise and respectful. Try observing the animals around you. How can you be inspired by their knowledge?

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Not My Girl Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • Nothing will stop a strong-minded young Inuit girl from learning how to read.

    Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read. She must travel to the outsiders' school to learn, ignoring her father's warning of what will happen there.

    The nuns at the school take her Inuit name and call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair and force her to do chores. She has only one thing left -- a book about a girl named Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole.

    Margaret's tenacious character draws the attention of a black-cloaked nun who tries to break her spirit at every turn. But she is more determined than ever to read.

    By the end, Margaret knows that, like Alice, she has traveled to a faraway land and stood against a tyrant, proving herself to be brave and clever.

    Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by stunning illustrations, When I Was Eight makes the bestselling Fatty Legs accessible to young children. Now they, too, can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.

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Ojibway Animals Quantity: 1
Author: Native Explore
Traditional Territory: Ojibway
Format: Board Book
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Ojibway Clans Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Ojibway
Format: Hardcover
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Orca Chief Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Tsimshian
Format: Hardcover
  • Orca Chief is the third in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Their previous collaborations, Raven Brings the Light (2013) and Cloudwalker (2014), are award-winning national bestsellers.
    Thousands of years ago in the village of Kitkatla, four hunters leave home in the spring to harvest seaweed and sockeye. When they arrive at their fishing grounds, exhaustion makes them lazy and they throw their anchor overboard without care for the damage it might do to marine life or the sea floor.
    When Orca Chief discovers what the hunters have done, he sends his most powerful orca warriors to bring the men and their boat to his house. The men beg forgiveness for their ignorance and lack of respect, and Orca Chief compassionately sends them out with his pod to show them how to sustainably harvest the ocean’s resources.
    Accompanied by almost exclusively new illustrations by Roy Henry Vickers, this next installment of the Northwest Coast Legends will captivate readers young and old with its vivid imagery and remarkable storytelling.

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Peace Pipe Dreams Quantity: 1
Author: Darrell Dennis
Traditional Territory: Secwepemc
Format: Paperback
  • Darrell Dennis is a stereotype-busting, politically incorrect Native American/Aboriginal/Shuswap (Only he's allowed to call himself an "Indian." Maybe. Under some circumstances). With a large dose of humour and irreverence, he untangles some of the truths and myths about First Nations: Why do people think Natives get free trucks, and why didn't he ever get one? Why does the length of your hair determine whether you’re good or bad? By what ratio does the amount of rain in a year depend on the amount of cactus liquor you consume?

    In addition to answering these burning questions, Dennis tackles some tougher subjects. He looks at European-Native interactions in North America from the moment of first contact, discussing the fur trade, treaty-signing and the implementation of residential schools. Addressing misconceptions still widely believed today, Dennis explains why Native people aren't genetically any more predisposed to become alcoholics than Caucasians; that Native religion doesn't consist of worshipping rocks, disappearing into thin air, or conversing with animals; and that tax exemptions are so limited and confusing that many people don't even bother.

    Employing pop culture examples, personal anecdote and a cutting wit, Darrell Dennis deftly weaves history with current events to entertain, inform and provide a convincing, readable overview of First Nations issues and why they matter today.

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People of the Land Legends of the Four Host First Nations Quantity: 1
Author: Various Authors
Traditional Territory: Lil'wat
Format: Hardcover
  • Contributions by: Aaron Nelson-Moody, Debbie Sparrow, Deborah Jacobs, Gary Fiegehen, Johnny Abraham, and Zach George

    The sacred legends of the four host First Nations, the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, have been passed down from generation to generation through the Elders and are integral to the teachings and oral traditions of First Nations peoples. These stories link people to the land and to each other and pass on traditional knowledge and history. For the first time, these sacred teachings are collected in an anthology of stories willingly shared by the respected storytellers of each nation. These legends,which range from creation stories to naming stories,add to our knowledge of ourselves and each other.

    Four maps accompany numerous photos of the lands of the Lil'Wat, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish nations. In addition, works of art by four First Nations artists, Johnny Abraham, Glenn George, Zach George and Aaron Nelson-Moody, appear in this collection. The art, which is beautifully rendered in wood, acrylic, and oil, captures the ancestral voices of these legends and pays tribute to each nation.

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Powwow Counting in Cree Quantity: 1
Author: Penny M. Thomas
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Hardcover
  • A unique book for young children that teaches counting from one to ten in the Cree language. Both words and pictures reflect the rich culture and tradition of the Cree people.

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Racin' Jason Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis, Ojibway
Format: Paperback
  • After helping his Mishoomis (Grandfather) save an orphaned Appaloosa colt from a bog, Jason takes a special interest in caring for it which he names Binesi or Thunderbird. At school, the bullies make fun of his affection for the funnylooking colt he hopes to race one day. They laugh and call him Racin Jason.With support from his Grandparents, Jason raises and trains Binesi. On the day of the big race, Jason and Binesi are ready. The teasing only makes Jason more determined than ever to win.

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Raven And Eagle Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Quw'utsun'
Format: Paperback
  • Raven learns a powerful lesson from his friend, Eagle. Learn and understand from others, but most importantly, be yourself!

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Raven Brings The Light Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Tsimshian, Haida, Heiltsuk
Format: Hardcover
  • In a time when darkness covered the land, a boy named Weget is born who is destined to bring the light. With the gift of a raven's skin that allows him to fly as well as transform, Weget turns into a bird and journeys from Haida Gwaii into the sky. There he finds the Chief of the Heavens who keeps the light in a box. By transforming himself into a pine needle, clever Weget tricks the Chief and escapes with the daylight back down to Earth.

    Vividly portrayed through the art of Roy Henry Vickers, Weget's story has been passed down for generations. The tale has been traced back at least 3,000 years by archeologists who have found images of Weget's journey in petroglyphs on the Nass and Skeena rivers. This version of the story originates from one told to the author by Chester Bolton, Chief of the Ravens, from the village of Kitkatla around 1975.


    Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter and printmaker whose Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino, BC, has become a provincial landmark. In 1998, Roy was appointed to the Order of British Columbia and in 2006, the Order of Canada, and has received the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He currently lives in Hazelton, BC.


    Robert Budd (known as Lucky) is the host of the CBC radio series Voices of BC. Holding an MA in history, he has digitized many high profile oral history collections including that of the Nisga'a First Nation. He is the author of the book Voices of British Columbia, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award, and currently lives in Victoria, BC.

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River of Salmon Peoples Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Paperback
  • The River of the Salmon People captures what the
    Fraser River, and its most valuable resource, the
    salmon, means to First Nations communities along
    its basin. The result of nine community engagements,
    extensive research over two years, and illuminating
    photographs and artwork, this book captures the oral
    narratives of each community along the river.
    The book, while capturing timeless Indigenous stories
    and legends about the salmon and the river, is also an
    exploration of the future of the salmon and of the waters
    of the Fraser River. It will have high appeal to readers
    interested in First Nations issues, the sustainability of
    the salmon, and the environmental challenges facing
    the world today.
    The River of the Salmon People is an expression of the
    people, culture, ceremony and songs along the Fraser
    of will be of deep interest to both the general reader
    and students of the environment and Indigenous rights.

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Salmon Boy Quantity: 1
Author: Donna Joe
Traditional Territory: Sechelt
Format: Paperback
  • Simple and compelling First Nations drawings illustrate this dynamic story that teaches respect for the environment and describes the life cycle of the salmon.

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Sealiya Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Squamish
Format: Paperback
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Secret of the Dance Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • "Many years ago, when the world and I were younger, my family defied the government."
    A boy will never forget witnessing a forbidden Potlatch.
    In 1935, a nine-year-old boy's family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl'kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the drum. And there, he saw a figure he knew. Aboriginal elder Alfred Scow and award-winning author Andrea Spalding collaborate to tell the story, to tell the secret of the dance.

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Shannen and the Dream for a School Quantity: 1
Author: Janet Wilson
Traditional Territory: Attawapiskat
Format: Paperback
  • In 2012-2013 Shannen and the Dream for a School was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

    All children have the right to a school.

    This is the true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat, a Cree community in Northern Ontario, who have been fighting for a new school since 1979, when a fuel spill contaminated their original school building.

    It is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J.R. Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don’t keep out the freezing cold winter air. They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school gains them attention and support from community leaders and children across the country. Inspired, the students decide to turn their grade-eight class trip into a visit to Ottawa, to speak to the Canadian government. Once there, Shannen speaks passionately to the politicians about the need to give Native children the opportunity to succeed. The following summer, Shannen is nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize. Her passion and that of the other students makes politicians stand up and take notice, and becomes a rallying point for the community and for the country.

    Shannen will never see her dream fulfilled. Tragically, she was killed in a car crash in 2010. Her family, friends, and supporters are continuing to fight and to honor her memory as they work for equality for children in communities everywhere.

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Sharing Our World: Animals of the Native Northwest Coast (Hardcover) Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Various
Format: Hardcover
  • Two legged and four legged beings are beautifully illustrated and cultural meanings provided from the: Nuxalk, Namgis, Caost Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Haisla, Heiltsuk, Haida, Bella Bella, Tsimshian, Kwa Na Ki Nulth and Nuchatlaht Nations.

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Shi-shi-etko Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Interior Salish
Format: Hardcover
  • In just four days Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school. She spends her last days at home treasuring the beauty of her world. This gentle story of a child on the verge of great loss was selected as the Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year.

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Shin-chi's Canoe Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Interior Salish
Format: Hardcover
  • This moving sequel to the award-winning Shi-shi-etko tells the story of two children's experience at residential school. Shi-shi-etko is about to return for her second year, but this time her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, is going, too. As they begin their journey in the back of a cattle truck, Shi-shi-etko takes it upon herself to tell her little brother all the things he must remember: the trees, the mountains, the rivers and the tug of the salmon when he and his dad pull in the fishing nets. Shin-chi knows he won't see his family again until the sockeye salmon return in the summertime.

    When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko gives him a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from their father. The children's time is filled with going to mass, school for half the day, and work the other half. The girls cook, clean and sew, while the boys work in the fields, in the woodshop and at the forge. Shin-chi is forever hungry and lonely, but, finally, the salmon swim up the river and the children return home for a joyful family reunion.

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Spirit of the White Bison Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis, Ojibway
Format: Paperback
  • A young bison growing up on the plains in the late 1800s faces peril at the hands of soldiers, who are destroying the great buffalo herds as a way to control native tribes. He is befriended by a native warrior and a white hunter who try to save him and his herd from annihilation.

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Strong Readers Set: Single Set A Levels 1 - 10* Quantity: 1
Format: Paperback
  • The entire series, 40 titles in all, Levels 1 - 10.

    1 copy each.

    40 books total

    Strong Readers are embedded with connections to science, numeracy, social responsibility, language arts and oral language teachings.

    You will also find throughout our books connections to scaffolded text features and reading comprehension strategies.

    Books have been illustrated by Bill Helin, Tsimshian Nation.

    Beautiful photographs throughout.




    Download an order form:





    Click here: Strong Readers Order Form

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Strong Readers Set: Single Set B Levels 11 - 20* Quantity: 1
Format: Paperback
  • The entire series, 40 titles in all, Levels 11 - 20.

    1 copy each.

    40 books total

    Strong Readers are embedded with connections to science, numeracy,social responsibility, language arts and oral language teachings.

    You will also find throughout our books connections to scaffolded text features and reading comprehension strategies.

    Books have been illustrated by Bill Helin, Tsimshian Nation.

    Beautiful photographs throughout.




    Download an order form:





    Click here: Strong Readers Order Form

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Strong Readers Set: Single Set of the Métis Series* Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Our new Métis Series launched in December 2014.

    Single sets include 1 copy each of 8 titles in the Métis Series.

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Sugar Falls Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • BASED ON A TRUE STORY*

    A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, his friend's grandmother, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity, but Betsy recalled the words her father spoke to her at Sugar Falls — words that gave her the resilience, strength, and determination to survive.

    Sugar Falls is based on the true story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation. We wish to achnowledge, with the utmost gratitude, Betty's generosity in sharing her story.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sugar Falls goes to support the bursary program for The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation.

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Taan's Moons: A Haida Moon Story Quantity: 1
Author: Alison Gear
Traditional Territory: Haida
Format: Hardcover
  • “There’s a moon in the sky. It looks like a drum, which guides the earth where Taan is from.”

    So begins a year in the life of Taan, which means “bear” in the Haida Language.

    Alison Gear has based this wonderfully engaging and thoughtful story on one version of the Haida Moon cycle. It follows Taan as she experiences the wonder of the unfolding seasons.

    Kiki van der Heiden worked closely with the children on Haida Gwaii to create the absolutely stunning felted artwork that gracefully complements each page of Taan’s story.

    This is a story woven together by the community on Haida Gwaii.

    Alison and Kiki worked closely with elders, teachers, children, parents, and caregivers to produce this unforgettable book. The title of each moon cycle has been translated into both Skidegate and Old Massett Haida, honouring language and wisdom. The children involved in this project, under Kiki’s gentle guidance, were hands-on each rendering of the felt pieces until they became the sculpted illustrations currently featured in Taan’s Moons.

    When award-winning, best-selling author Richard Van Camp visited Haida Gwaii, he had the opportunity to read the manuscript for Taan’s Moons. He graciously agreed to contribute the heartfelt Foreword, which begins:

    “Welcome to Taan’s Moons, one of the most beautiful books I have ever witnessed.”

    We agree, Richard. We certainly agree.

    We also want to give sincere thanks to Joanne Yovanovich, Tawni Davidson, Beng Favreau, and ArtStarts in Schools for their contribution to and support of this important book.

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Taking Care of Our Mother Earth Quantity: 1
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, it is explained how each family played a traditional role in taking care of our Mother Earth. From controlled burning to ethical hunting and fishing practices, the Coast Salish people were, and still are, taught by their elders to respect Mother Earth.

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Tales From the Big Spirit, The Scout: Tommy Prince Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • A search down a wooded path for a well-hit baseball turns into an encounter between Pamela and a veteran soldier standing in front of a monument. The statue commemorates the heroism of Sgt. Tommy Prince, the most decorated Aboriginal soldier in Canada. Pamela is curious, and the veteran is happy to regale her with the story of the expert marksman and tracker, renowned for his daring and bravery in World War II and the Korean War.

    Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of six great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills.

    Tales from the Big Spirit Series Teacher's Guide -
    Go to Adult Books>Educator Resources>Literacy

    The teacher's guide is designed to help classroom teacher's use the graphic novel series, Tales From Big Spirit, by David Alexander Robertson. The guide provides detailed lessons that meet a wide range of language arts and social studies goals, integrate Indigenous perspectives, and make curricular content more accessible to diverse learners.

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The Bannock Book Quantity: 1
Author: Linda Ducharme
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • A young Metis girl helps her mother bake bannock for grandfather, who has diabetes. This is a lively and warm-hearted story that helps young readers understand diabetes and the importance of eating well.

    Two bannock recipes are included, one traditional and one healthy.

    Recommended, CM Magazine

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The Canoe He Called Loo Taas Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Haida
Format: Hardcover
  • Loo Taas is the amazing 50-foot canoe designed by legendary artist Bill Reid, and carved by members of the Haida community. Her name means "Wave Eater." This is the story of how she came to be through the eyes of the designer's daughter. This is the story of Loo Taas.

    In 2009, Loo Taas was the alternative mode of transportation for the Olympic Torch while touring on Haida Gwaii. Elder Percy Williams was the torchbearer.

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The Cedar Tree: The Heart of Our People Quantity: 1
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, learn about the importance of the cedar tree to the culture and history of the Coast Salish people. Descriptions of items made from the wood and bark of this special tree are included. Also explained in the story is the protocol for harvesting cedar bark.

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The Debwe Series: A Blanket of Butterflies Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Dene
Format: Paperback
  • A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family’s samurai suit of armor and sword from the museum. When he discovers that his grandfather’s sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call “Benny
    the Bank,” he sets out to retrieve it, with the help of a young boy, Sonny, and his grandmother. Together, they face Benny and his men, Torchy, Sfen and the giant they call Flinch. This graphic novel, beautifully illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, explores the grace of family and the power of
    the Great Mystery.

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The Debwe Series: The Gift is in the Making: Anishinaabeg Stories Quantity: 1
Author: Leanne Simpson
Traditional Territory: Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg
Format: Paperback
  • The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland. Sprinkled with gentle humour and the Anishinaabe language, this collection of stories speaks to children and adults alike, and reminds us of the timelessness of stories that touch the heart.

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The Elders Are Watching Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • The boy looked much the same as the other kids in his class. New faces arrived almost daily from far away places, so it wasn't his appearance that made him different.

    He had always tried his hardest, but try as he might, somehow he didn't seem to be able to get excited about the same things his classmates did. This year would be no different.

    And so, as in years gone by, his mother would please him greatly by taking him out of school for a time. Again, she was sending him to live with his grandfather, his 'Ya-A' - to listen, to think and to learn.

    'Ya-A' would reintroduce him to the Wind, the Tree and the Earth. 'Ya-A' would speak of responsibilities and of rights. 'Ya-A' would fascinate him with legends of the eagle, the whale, the raven and the wolf.

    Of all the tales his grandfather told, none captured his heart more than the stories of the Old Ones - the Elders. And as the stories slowly became a part of him, by the seashore in the clear red sky of early evening, he began to see them.

    They appeared as images suspended in the air, up toward the sun. Their lips were still, yet he heard them speak. Their message, like the words of his "Ya-A', was clear and true, a message gone too long without being passed to other hearts.

    He and his "Ya-A' would share the words of the Elders often with all those who cared to listen - with all those who cared at all. ...taken from The Elders Are Watching

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The Gathering Tree Quantity: 1
Author: Larry Loyie
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • The Gathering Tree is a beautifully illustrated children's book about HIV/AIDS. Written by award-winning First Nations author Larry Loyie and co-author Constance Brissenden, it is a gentle, positive story of a First Nations family facing HIV.

    After 11-year-old Tyler and his younger sister Shay-Lyn learn their favorite cousin Robert has HIV, they discover that knowledge brings understanding and self-awareness. Aspects of physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health are addressed.

    Author Larry Loyie was born in Slave Lake, Alberta. He spent his early years living a traditional Cree life and treasures the lessons he learned from the elders. He went to residential school from the age of 10 to 14, then began his working life. Larry returned to school later in life to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a writer. He received the 2001 Canada Post Literacy Award for Individual Achievement (British Columbia). In 2003, Larry was the first First Nations writer to win the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction for his first children's book As Long as the Rivers Flow. Co-author Constance Brissenden BA, MA is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of 14 books of travel and history. In 1993, Constance and Larry formed Living Traditions Writers Group (www.firstnationswriter.com) to encourage First Nations people to write about their traditions and stories.

    Illustrator Heather D. Holmlund has roots in the northern town of Fort Frances, Ontario, where she grew up. Her source of artistic vision has always been the spiritual essence of the Canadian landscape and its people. Heather attended York University in the visual arts program, before making her home in Pickering, Ontario. She is the award-winning illustrator of As Long as the Rivers.

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The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Metis Story Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • This charming story, richly steeped in Metis culture, focuses on the boyhood reminisces of Moushoom as her describes finding the "great giving tree" with his mother and father. The story emphasizes the Metis core values and beliefs including strength, kindness, courage, tolerance, honesty, respect, love, sharing, caring, balance, patience, and most of all, the important connection with the creator and Mother Earth.

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The Great Blanket of Moss Quantity: 1
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, to make up for her children’s rudeness to Snow, Mother Tree gives up her life as a tree and transforms into a great blanket of moss. The moss blanket protects the younger trees from Snow’s anger. Respect for the wisdom of the elders is a theme woven throughout this delightful story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

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The Great Trade Quantity: 1
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, how Bald Eagles got their name, how Geese got their long necks and how Hummingbirds got their colourful feather coats are all told. Something is traded, something is transformed and something is taken to make this little chapter book come alive.

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The Journey of Dog Salmon Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Nuu-chah-nulth
Format: Paperback
  • Dog Salmon is the bully of the river and is taught how important it is to respect others. The legend also integrates the natural salmon cycle.

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The Legend of the Caribou Boy Quantity: 1
Author: John Blondin
Traditional Territory: Dene, Dogrib
Format: Paperback
  • A young boy is having trouble sleeping at night. He is being called to fulfill his destiny, a destiny which lives on today in the traditions and culture of the Dene people and their relationship to the caribou and the land on which they live. Bilingual - English and Dogrib.

    CD included.

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The Little Duck: Sikihpsis Quantity: 1
Author: Beth Cuthand
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Hardcover
  • Little Duck wants to be a Plains Cree dancer, and decides to dress up like one and walks into the Cree camp. When he sees he does not fit in, the lonely duck returns to his pond and finds acceptance from the other ducks. He becomes content with who he is and his life as a duck.

    The Little Duck is a universal story that transcends cultural boundaries and leaves one with a lesson about the importance of self-worth.

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The Little Hummingbird Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: South American
Format: Hardcover
  • This inspiring children's book-a revised edition of the awardwinning Flight of the Hummingbird-is based on a South American indigenous story about a courageous hummingbird who defies fear and expectations in her attempt to save the forest from fire. The illustrated story is supplemented by a natural and cultural history of hummingbirds, as well as an inspiring message from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. The evocative artwork by internationally renowned Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas complements the optimistic tale that encourages everyone to take responsibility for their home and the planet.

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The Littlest Sled Dog Quantity: 1
Author: Michael Kusugak
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • Igvillu is a little dog with big dreams. One of her favorite dreams is of becoming a sled dog. When Igvillu is adopted from her kennel by an Inuit storyteller and moves to northern Canada, she comes face-to-face with real sled dogs. Igvillu loves living in the North, chasing siksiks and dreaming about her future. She''s a dog who believes anything is possible!

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The Moccasins Quantity: 1
Author: Earl Einarson
Traditional Territory: Cree, Métis, Ktunaxa
Format: Paperback
  • This is an Endearing Story of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and thoughtfulness helps her young foster children by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love.

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The Old Man with the Otter Medicine Quantity: 1
Author: John Blondin
Traditional Territory: Dogrib
Format: Paperback
  • It is winter and the people are starving. There is not fish. They must seek the help of a medicine man to save them. The Man with the Otter Medicine tells of medicine power, the struggle for survival and an important part of the history and culture of the Dene people as it has been passed down through stories and legends for generations. Bilingual - English and Dogrib. CD included.

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The Rabbit's Race Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • It is Grandparents Day at Joey's school. Joey's grandfather has been asked to be the guest speaker.

    As grandpa enters the school gym stage he sits down on the chair provided to him and starts...

    "When I was a boy, my grandfather always had a story for every occasion," he said. "He told me that while some stories are meant to be enjoyed, others have a lesson to help you grow. So, I'm going to do what my grandfather did with me when I was growing up. I'm going to tell a story."

    Grandpa retells a story of a great rabbit race not only was it a race of speed, but it was also a race between two different races of rabbits, the bush rabbits and the jackrabbits. Much like the famous story about The Rabbit and Turtle, this story also has a surprising twist and valuable lessons.

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The Sun and the Moon Quantity: 1
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, to help make their children happy, the sun and the moon make the difficult choice to part from each other. The Creator allows them to visit only at the time of an eclipse and at sunrise and sunset. The great love between the sun and the moon can be seen in the beauty of those times.

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Thirteen Moons On Turtle's Back: A Native American Year Of Moons Quantity: 1
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Traditional Territory: Abenaki
Format: Paperback
  • To many Native Americans, the 13 cycles of the moon represent the changing seasons and the passage of time. Each moon has its own special name that, while varying among the tribal nations, is consistent with the legend that the 13 scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to these moons. The authors present 13 poems that take readers through the year, from the "Moon of Popping Trees"--when the "cottonwoods crack with frost"--to the "Big Moon" of the Abenakis. The book's effective design consists of verses in vertical columns at the left of each spread, with the remainder occupied by Locker's ( Family Farm ; Catskill Eagle ) typically lush artwork. His oil paintings are eye-catching in their depth of color reflecting dramatic seasonal changes. Trees, skies and woodland creatures are rendered in vivid hues that combine to produce an enthralling vision. This unusual and intelligent book is an exemplary introduction to Native American culture with its emphasis on the importance of nature.

    All ages.

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Tilly: a Story of Hope and Resilience Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Tilly has always known she’s part Lakota on her dad’s side. She’s grown up with the traditional teachings of her grandma, relishing the life lessons of her beloved mentor. But it isn’t until an angry man shouts something on the street that Tilly realizes her mom is Aboriginal, too—a Cree woman taken from her own parents as a baby.

    Tilly feels her mother’s pain deeply. She’s always had trouble fitting in at school, and when her grandma dies unexpectedly, her anchor is gone. Then Abby, a grade seven classmate, invites her home for lunch and offers her “something special” to drink. Nothing has prepared Tilly for the tingling in her legs, the buzz in her head and the awesome feeling that she can do anything. From then on, partying seems to offer an escape from her insecurities. But after one dangerously drunken evening, Tilly knows she has to change. Summoning her courage, she begins the long journey to finding pride in herself and her heritage. Just when she needs it most, a mysterious stranger offers some wise counsel: “Never question who you are or who your people are. It’s in your eyes. I know it’s in your heart.”

    Loosely based on author Monique Gray Smith’s own life, this revealing, important work of creative non-fiction tells the story of a young Indigenous woman coming of age in Canada in the 1980s. With compassion, insight and humour, Gray Smith illuminates the 20th-century history of Canada’s First Peoples—forced displacement, residen­tial schools, tuberculosis hospitals, the Sixties Scoop. In a spirit of hope, this unique story captures the irrepressible resilience of Tilly, and of Indigenous peoples everywhere

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Unusual Friendships Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • This story of an unusual friendship between a black cat and a white rat is full of colourful Metis affectations. With subtle references to the life of a Metis, the black cat is not accepted at the cat show as he is not considered a purebred. The white rat fiddles a tune, encouraging all the cats to learn to jig. They join together and achieve status and respect for who they are. In the end, they create a new jig called the Red River Cat Dance. This story is written in a complete rhyming pattern, enjoyable for children of all ages.

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We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers Quantity: 1
Author: Julie Flett
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Board Book
  • In this basic counting book from 1 to 10, this bilingual board book introduces Plains Cree (y-dialect) and Swampy Cree (n-dialect) written in Roman orthography. Artist and author has a simple graphic style using bold and clear text to introduce counting with appropriate cultural images from contemporary Cree society. An excellent introduction to counting to ten in Cree and English using authentic Cree imagery.

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We-gyet Wanders On Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Gitxsan
Format: Paperback
  • The legends collected here are the ancient stories of the people of "Ksan who have lived in northern British Columbia for over six thousand years. We-Gyet is the essence of every man's frailties exaggerated into gentle humour or ribald laughter. His adventures always end in disaster. His blunders and tricks changed the face of the earth, and many of earth's creatures. We-Gyet was a creator - by accident!

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When I Was Eight Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • Nothing will stop a strong-minded young Inuit girl from learning how to read.

    Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read. She must travel to the outsiders' school to learn, ignoring her father's warning of what will happen there.

    The nuns at the school take her Inuit name and call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair and force her to do chores. She has only one thing left -- a book about a girl named Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole.

    Margaret's tenacious character draws the attention of a black-cloaked nun who tries to break her spirit at every turn. But she is more determined than ever to read.

    By the end, Margaret knows that, like Alice, she has traveled to a faraway land and stood against a tyrant, proving herself to be brave and clever.

    Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by stunning illustrations, When I Was Eight makes the bestselling Fatty Legs accessible to young children. Now they, too, can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.

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When The Spirits Dance Quantity: 1
Author: Larry Loyie
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • When Lawrence's father goes overseas with the Canadian Army during the Second World War, the young Cree boy struggles to grow up while wrestling with the meaning of war. With Papa gone, Mama raises the children alone. Traditional foods like wild meat and fish are scarce and many other foods are rationed. Angry about the changes and confused about the future, Lawrence misses his father and his teachings about their natural way of life. When army runaways threaten the family, Lawrence's courage and knowledge of traditional skills are called upon to keep them safe. With guidance from his grandfather and encouragement from his grandmother, Lawrence faces his challenges, becoming wiser and stronger, and earning the respect of his elders.
    . Ages 8+

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Where Did You Get Your Moccasins? Quantity: 1
Traditional Territory: Cree, Saulteaux
Format: Paperback
  • When a young boy's classmates gather around to look at a young boy's moccasins, he tells them the story of how his grandmother made them.

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Where I Belong Quantity: 1
Author: Tara White
Traditional Territory: Mohawk
Format: Paperback
  • This moving tale of self-discovery takes place during the Oka uprising in the summer of 1990. Adopted as an infant, Carrie has always felt somehow out of place. Recurring dreams haut her, warning her that someone close to her is in danger...

    When she discovers that her birth family is Mohawk living in Quebec, she makes the long journey and finally achieves the sense of home and belonging that had always eluded her.

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Which Way Should I Go? Quantity: 1
Author: Sylvia Olsen
Traditional Territory: Tsartlip
Format: Paperback
  • In 2009, Which Way Should I Go? was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

    Joey is a happy Nuu-chah-nulth boy, eager to help and quick to see the bright side of things. But when he loses his beloved grandmother, the sun goes out in his world. Fortunately, she has left something of herself behind, a song, which keeps knocking on Joey's heart, and a dance, which urges him to get up on his feet and choose again. Choosing was what their song was about, and Grandma's lessons prove strong indeed. Joey chooses to remember Grandma with joy and to take up his daily life again with a spring in his step.

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Why Ravens and Wolves Hunt Together Quantity: 1
Author: Celestine Aleck
Traditional Territory: Coast Salish
Format: Paperback
  • In this Coast Salish story, a wolf pup is transformed into a raven so that he can help his mother hunt during the long winter months. When the time of hardship is over, the Creator agrees to make the transformation permanent. To this day, you can hear the wolf family calling out to say goodnight to the raven who watches over them.

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Yamozha and His Beaver Wife Quantity: 1
Author: Vital Thomas
Traditional Territory: Tlicho
Format: Hardcover
  • Yamozha and His Beaver Wife is a story based upon an oral legend of the Dene people. Yamozha stories entertain but also teach and pass on knowledge. In this legend, Yamozha forgets his promise to his wife and as a result she turns into a giant beaver. He chases her all over Denedeh but is unable to catch her. This story tells of how this great medicine man shaped the land in the Dogrib region and surrounding areas into what it is today. Included in this book is a multimedia CD-ROM

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