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Literature to Support First Nations, Metis and Inuit(FNMI) Student Success was developed by the Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium.
Date Published: June 2010
For each of the grades listed, located on the left side panel, you will find a downloadable copy of the full resource for each grade and the recommended use for each title. Just click on a grade level and the resource link will appear in this same area.


A Name for a Metis
Format: Paperback
, 2007
  • What's in a name? A little boy might be known as Great Big Nose because he's so nosy, or Big Ears because he listens so carefully. Yet there's one name that might suit him even better!

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A Native American Thought of It
Format: Paperback
, 2008
  • Inventiveness and ingenuity from North America's First Nations.

    Everyone knows that moccasins, canoes and toboggans were invented by the Aboriginal people of North America, but did you know that they also developed their own sign language, as well as syringe needles and a secret ingredient in soda pop?

    Depending on where they lived, Aboriginal communities relied on their ingenuity to harness the resources available to them. Some groups, such as the Iroquois, were particularly skilled at growing and harvesting food. From them, we get corn and wild rice, as well as maple syrup.

    Other groups, including the Sioux and Comanche of the plains, were exceptional hunters. Camouflage, fish hooks and decoys were all developed to make the task of catching animals easier. And even games-lacrosse, hockey and volleyball -- have Native American roots.

    Other clever inventions and innovations include:

    * Diapers
    * Asphalt
    * Megaphones
    * Hair conditioner
    * Surgical knives
    * Sunscreen.

    With descriptive photos and information-packed text, this book explores eight different categories in which the creativity of First Nations peoples from across the continent led to remarkable inventions and innovations, many of which are still in use today.

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A Northern Alphabet
Author: Ted Harrison
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • Beautifully-illustrated alphabet book depicting the people, animals, and way of people living in the North.

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A Promise Is A Promise
Format: Paperback
, 1992
  • Contrary to her mothers advice, Allashua decides to challenge the Qallupilluit, an imaginary Inuit character who lives under the sea ice near her home. After a surprising turn of events, the entire family is now free to fish on the ice because legend tells that children with their parents may never be captured, and a "promise is a promise."

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A River Ran Wild
Author: Lynne Cherry
Format: Paperback
, 2002
  • From the author of the beloved classic The Great Kapok Tree, A River Ran Wild tells a story of restoration and renewal. Learn how the modern-day descendants of the Nashua Indians and European settlers were able to combat pollution and restore the beauty of the Nashua River in Massachusetts.

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A Salmon for Simon
Author: Betty Waterton
Format: Paperback
, 1997
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.1-Life Science

    Winner of the Governor General's award and the Canadian Library Association's Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon
    Illustrator's award when it was first published in 1979. This simple story of a boy and a fish delivers a subtle environmental message that will resonate with readers. Simon, a native boy, has been trying all summer to catch a salmon. He's
    about to give up when a bald eagle suddenly drops a big coho into a clam hole right before his eyes. But when Simon discovers that the salmon is alive, he no longer wants to keep it. It's too strong and beautiful. He'd rather set it free, which means he has to figure out how to get the heavy fish back to the ocean.

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A Sled Dog for Moshi
Author: Jeanne Bushey
Format: Paperback
, 2005
  • The young Inuit child Moshi longs for a pet dog like the one owned by her friend Jessica. Moshi''s father explains that the puppies that Nuna, their missing sled dog, is expecting are work dogs not playthings. While out walking, Moshi and Jessica are surprised by a sudden whiteout. Nuna finds the children and leads them to shelter in a small shed, where the dog is keeping her puppies. While the girls huddle with the pups, Nuna runs off, soon returning with rescuers. Praised by her father for thinking "like an Inuk" to survive the snow, Moshi happily chooses a pup--deciding she would rather have a sled dog than a pet.

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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

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And Now You Know: 50 Native American Legends
Author: John Friesen
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • Before the printing press dominated the world of formal communication, families, communities, and cultures all over the world relied solely on the oral tradition to pass along revered knowledge. Much valued cultural content, particularly spiritual or historical beliefs and practices, was transmitted through legends or stories shared between generations. This responsibility rested with formally acknowledged storytellers, as well as elders.This practice was very much the case with Aboriginal tribes in North America.

    This collection of North American Aboriginal cultural stories represents only a small component of the vast store of oral literatures, and underscores the magnitude of its scope across various Native American and Canadian Indian tribes.

    Legends contained in this volume have been drawn from a diverse store of written sources, documented in the bibliography. Through the years that we have been associated with the University of Calgary, we have visited most of the traditional tribal communities represented in this book. We have taught university courses in several First Nations communities including Blackfoot, Chipewyan, Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Stoney (Nakoda Sioux), and Tsuu T'ina (Sarcee).

    From time immemorial, Native Americans of all backgrounds have been oriented to the arts, which comprised an important cultural component. Each particular art form reflected the cultural makeup and physical resources of the region in which a tribe lived. Plains Indians, for example, relied heavily on rock art, consisting of paintings and carvings done on rocks. This art form is recognizable today in the form of pictographs and petroglyphs. A full explanation of the nature and function of this art form is offered in Appendix C.

    The essence of each traditional Indigenous story contained in this volume has been preserved, although individual legends have in most cases been abbreviated from their original sources, and written in language that may readily be understood by and shared with children. It is also our hope that through this means would be students of Indigenous ways may learn a great deal about Aboriginal culture and philosophy and, hopefully, enhance their respect for AmerIndian ways

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Annie and the Old One
Author: Miska Miles
Format: Paperback
, 1985
  • Annie is a young Navajo girl who refuses to believe that her grandmother, the Old One, will die. Sadly, Annie learns that she cannot change the course of life.

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Arctic Stories
Author: Michael Kusugak
Format: Paperback
, 1998
  • Acclaimed Inuit storyteller Michael Kusugak weaves a tapestry of tales about ten-year-old Agatha and her accidental heroism in the high Arctic of 1958. The first of Agatha''s stories is based on one of Kusugak''s real life experiences, when an eerie, black airship flew over Chesterfield Inlet in 1958. A sleepy Agatha "saves" the community from the monstrous flying object.

    In the second story, Agatha notices the playful antics of the winter ravens and takes an interest in the many migrating birds. As the seasons change, she begins to favor more beautiful and peaceful birds of spring, until the ravens return.

    The third of Agatha''s stories takes place in the fall when Agatha is sent to school in Chesterfield Inlet, an English-speaking community south of her home. During an afternoon of skating, Agatha rescues a show-off priest, who has inadvertently demonstrated the danger of thin ice.

    The three Agatha stories resonate with the nostalgia and affection of Kusugak''s childhood memories.

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As Long As the Rivers Flow (PB)
Author: L. Loyie
Format: Paperback
, 2005
  • In 2006, As Long As the Rivers Flow was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

    This is the story of Larry Loyie's last summer before entering residential school, where children were forcibly taken from their families in order to erase their traditional languages and cultures. It is a time of learning and adventure.

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Baseball Bats for Christmas
Author: Michael Kusugak
Format: Paperback
, 1993
  • Never having seen trees, the children in Repulse Bay decide that the funny things sent to them one year must actually be baseball bats. An autobiographical tale from Michael Kusugak's childhood tells a story of life in the arctic, and how easily different cultures can interpret things differently.

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Battle Cry at Batoche
Format: Paperback
, 2008
  • Ben and Charity Muldoon are 15-year-old twins who find themselves in the midst of politically charged events in the Saskatchewan River Valley in 1885. One day, as Ben is walking through a ravine, he encounters a Cree boy named Red Eagle, who quickly becomes his friend after a hair-raising rescue. Ben eventually discovers that a confrontation between the North-West Mounted Police and the Natives, led by Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont, is imminent. As events unfold, Ben and Red Eagle witness the struggles of the Metis and Cree for recognition and the failed efforts to negotiate a settlement that ultimately lead to tragedy and war. Caught between his loyalty to Red Eagle and the authority of a Hudson's Bay Company uncle he has never trusted, Ben must decide where his allegiance lies. But as he soon learns, when it comes to friendship, there is no taking sides.

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Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story
Author: S.D. Nelson
Format: Hardcover
, 2010
  • Told from the Native American point of view, Black Elk’s Vision provides a unique perspective on American history. From recounting the visions Black Elk had as a young boy, to his involvement in the battles of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee, as well as his journeys to New York City and Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, this biographical account of Black Elk—an Oglala-Lakota medicine man (1863–1950)—follows him from childhood through adulthood.

    S. D. Nelson tells the story of Black Elk through the medicine man’s voice, bringing to life what it was like to be Native American in the mid-to-late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The Native people found their land overrun by the Wha-shi-choos, or White Man, the buffalo slaughtered for sport and to purposely eliminate their main food source, and their people gathered onto reservations. Through it all, Black Elk clung to his childhood visions that planted the seeds to help his people—and all people—understand their place in the circle of life. The book includes archival images, a timeline, a bibliography, an index, and Nelson’s signature art.

$26.95

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