Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools K-7 2011-2012

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This catalogue features Canadian published titles by, for and about Aboriginal peoples and suitable for K-12 libraries. The books are selected and annotated by teacher-librarians. The catalogue is published by The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC).


A Stranger at Home
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
, 2011
  • 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.

$12.95

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Alego
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Hardcover
, 2009
  • 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

$17.95

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Anguti's Amulet
Format: Paperback
, 2010
  • A bilingual story in Inuktitut and English, Angutiup ânguanga / Anguti’s Amulet is a story based on an Inuit archaeological site located along the central coast of Labrador that was occupied sometime between AD 1720 and AD 1750. Itjasualigijet KamajiKatlutik Prâvinsiup suliaKaffinganit – Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, ikajuttiKatlutik Prâvinsiup PitaKautinginnit Neofulâmi Labrador-imilu, pitsiaKujitlutik itjasuattuligijinik piulitsisiaKujitlutik Kinguvatta Kimiggujatsagimmait. Archaeological fieldwork is conducted under the auspices of the Provincial Archaeology Office, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, which, with the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador, ensures that sites and collections are protected for future generations.

$14.95

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Broken Trail
Author: Jean Rae Baxter
Format: Paperback
, 2011
  • BROKEN TRAIL is the story a thirteen-year-old white boy, the son of United Empire Loyalists, who has been captured and adopted by the Oneida people. Striving to find his vision oki that will guide him in his quest to become a warrior, Broken Trail disavows his white heritage—he considers himself Oneida. But everything changes when Broken Trail, alone in the woods on his vision quest, is mistakenly shot by a redcoat soldier.

$11.95

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Christmas La Pouchinn
Format: Paperback
, 2011
  • This vividly enchanting poem takes the reader through the traditional Métis upbringing of a boy living with his grandparents through seasons and their activities.

    The book concludes with the important year-end
    Christmas and New Years celebrations and explains
    their significance. Includes a Michif ‘vocabulary guide’and three recipes.

$20.95

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Fight for Justice
Author: Lori Saigeon
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • 10 year old Justice feels like the "man of the house" for his twin sister, Charity and their Mom. He would much rather be snowmobiling on his grandparents' reserve. It is there that he can leave the grimy city and the bullying kids of his neighbourhood.



    When Charity is attacked by the school bullies, Justice decides to take matter into his own hands. When his plan to frame the ring-leader, Trey goes awry, Justice finds himself in more trouble than he bargained for.



    A realistic look at life on the inner city streets for many kids: gangs, bulling and learning to fight for what you believe in. Through the help of his multi-generational family and his native heritage, Justice learns the importance of believing in your self and fighting for what you know is right.

$7.95

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How the Fox Saved the People
Traditional Territory: Tlicho, Dogrib
Format: Hardcover
, 2011
  • 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.

$26.95

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Inuit Modern: Masterworks from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection
Author: Gerald McMaster
Format: Paperback
, 2010
  • A gorgeous retrospective on the transformation of Inuit art in the 20th century, mirroring the vast and poignant cultural changes in the North. In response to a rapidly changing Arctic environment, Inuit have had to cope with the transition from a traditional lifestyle to the disturbing realities of globalization and climate change. Inuit art in the latter half of the 20th century reflects the reciprocal stimulus of contact with Euro-Canadians and embodies the evolution of a modern Inuit aesthetic that springs from an ancient cultural context, creating an exciting new hybridized art form. Inuit Modern: Art from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection situates modern Inuit art within a larger framework that reinterprets the Canadian Arctic. Essays by leading Canadian scholars in the field including Ingo Hessel, Robert McGhee, Christine Laloude, Heather Igloliorte, Dorothy Eber and Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad examine the social, political and cultural transformation through the dynamic lens of colonial influence and agency. Inuit Modern also features interviews with David Ruben Piqtoukun and Zacharias Kunuk.

$24.99

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Little Voice
Format: Paperback
, 2001
  • A young Ojibway girl, struggling over the fact that her father has died, spends a summer in the bush with her grandmother and finds her own identity and voice. Things have been hard for her family since her father's accidental death in a logging accident, and Ray has been unable to express her grief. In school, the green eyes she inherited from her father are unusual for a child from an Ojibway background in a northern Ontario town and get her noticed in ways she doesn't enjoy. At home, Ray believes that her mother, grieving herself and busy with Ray's younger brother and sister, no longer needs her. Ray becomes so withdrawn that at times she hardly speaks. At the end of this beautiful and empowering story, which begins in 1978, the withdrawn green-eyed girl has found her voice and is not afraid to use it.

$9.95

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Man-to-Man
Author: Bill Swan
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • Michael O'Reilly is the shortest kid on the lacrosse team, and the youngest. He doesn't play rough, and everyone says he's not tough enough for the sport. When tension breaks out between teams and one team accuses the other of racist behavior, Michael realizes that he is tough after all -- he's the only one brave enough to speak the truth. [Fry Reading Level - 4.1]

$8.99

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Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters
Format: Paperback
, 2010
  • The story of Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters is a very old Mi'kmaq legend. It happens in the North Sky as the stars that show the story of Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters move around Tatapn, the North Star. The Mi'kmaq know that the sky is just the same as the earth, only up above and older. All through the year, as the stars and planets travel through the sky, the Mi'kmaq watch the story of Muin and the hunters as it unfolds before their eyes.

$12.95

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Relatives With Roots
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
, 2011
  • Relatives With Roots: A Story About Métis Women’s Connection to the Land is a heartfelt story about a Métis grandmother who takes her granddaughter out into the bush to teach her how to pick traditional medicines. As the granddaughter learns the traditional beliefs and stories about how the Métis people use the plants for food and medicine, she feels happy to be a Métis child with access to such wonderful cultural knowledge. This charming and vibrant book introduces young readers to key concepts in the traditional Métis worldview while focusing on the special relationship between a young Métis girl and her grandmother. Relatives With Roots is the second in a series of children’s books relating to traditional Métis values by Leah Marie Dorion. The first book, The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story, was nominated in 2010 for a Willow Award in the Shining Willow category.

$12.95

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The Journey of Dog Salmon
Traditional Territory: Nuu-chah-nulth
Format: Paperback
, 2001
  • 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.

$9.95

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The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest
Author: Ian McAllister
Format: Paperback
, 2010
  • These unique wolves swim like otters and fish like bears!
    The Sea Wolves sets out to disprove the notion of "the Big Bad Wolf," especially as it is applied to coastal wolves—a unique strain of wolf that lives in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada. Genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves can swim like otters and fish like the bears with whom they share the rainforest. Smaller than the gray wolves that live on the other side of the Coast Mountains, these wolves are highly social and fiercely intelligent creatures.

    Living in the isolated wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest, coastal wolves have also enjoyed a unique relationship with man. The First Nations people, who have shared their territory for thousands of years, do not see them as a nuisance species but instead have long offered the wolf a place of respect and admiration within their culture.

    Illustrated with almost one hundred of Ian McAllister's magnificent photographs, The Sea Wolves presents a strong case for the importance of preserving the Great Bear Rainforest for the wolves, the bears and the other unique creatures that live there.

$19.95

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The Wild Ride: A Chronicle Of the North West Mounted Police 1873-1905
Author: Charles Wilkins
Format: Hardcover
, 2010
  • If it were fiction, nobody would believe it: mythic aboriginal chiefs, devious politicians, scoundrels, visionary nation builders, fur traders, scouts as tough as the hides they wore, men and women willing to die in their quest for gold… and an unproven force of red-coated cops on an improbable, mission of their own.
    The Wild Ride is their story, a brilliantly illustrated history of the Canadian West and the North West Mounted Police – from the throes of Confederation and the Red River Rebellion, to the arrival of the railway in Western Canada and the heroics of the Klondike Gold Rush; all of it played out on a vast, landscape as hostile as any on earth, and every bit as alluring.
    The Wild Ride draws on the letters, diaries and memoirs of those who lived this epic period of Canadian history, bringing their story vividly to life with a captivating collection of photos, drawings and maps.

$40.50

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