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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
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(FNMI) Student Success - Grade 1


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 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 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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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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Buffalo Woman
Author: Paul Goble
Format: Paperback
, 1987
  • A young hunter draws his bow against a buffalo cow drinking from a stream. Before he can loose his arrow, there is no buffalo -- instead, there stands a beautiful young woman, whom he knows he must marry.

    The hunter's people shun the Buffalo Woman, and so she returns, with their son, Calf Boy, to her people. The hunter's heart compels him to follow. But he has been warned: The Buffalo Nation is angry at the Straight-up-People. And if he cannot find his wife and son among the many buffalo, they will be lost to him forever.

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Carry Me, Mama
Author: Monica Devine
Format: Paperback
, 2005
  • Katie views life from the warm hood of her mother's parka. From her safe vantage point, she watches as her mother catches salmon, picks plump, red berries, and leads the family's dog team across the snow. Then one spring day, Mama decides it is time for her little girl to walk on her own.

    The first time Katie walks, it's a short distance - just as far as you can throw a stone. The next time it's as far as a rabbit runs, then as far as a bear roams! But trying to keep up with Mama takes all of Katie's energy. "Carry me, Mama!" she begs, even though Mama knows it's time for Katie to make her own way.

    Carry Me, Mama is a charming story about growing up. Young children will understand Katie's mixed feelings about standing on her own two feet. Here, too, is a perfect bedtime story, as young readers follow Katie and her mother through their walks until it is time for Katie to be tucked in.

    Charming illustrations by Pauline Paquin are full of life, and reflect the beauty of the northern tundra. Pauline's unique artistic style incorporates faceless figures. Remarkably expressive, these images reflect her desire for young children to see themselves as the characters in the story.

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Chuck in the City
Author: Jordan Wheeler
Traditional Territory: Cree, Haida
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • 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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Dancing With The Cranes
Traditional Territory: Okanagan
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • 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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Eagle Feather, An Honour
Author: Ferguson Plain
Format: Paperback
, 1989
  • Now that his Mishoomis, his grandfather, is gone, a young man remembers walking with him in the bush and listening to stories of the old days; he remembers being honored with an eagle feather at the powwow and not knowing what he had done to deserve this honor; he remembers his grandfather telling him that I had achieved a good deed from the first day he held me, as a baby, in his arms.

    Plains illustrations perfectly complement this deep little story and express the many layers of life's experiences.

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Granny's Giant Bannock
Format: Paperback
, 2008
  • A little miscommunication between English-speaking Larf and his Cree-speaking grandmother leads to hilarious results when a giant, sprawling bannock threatens to take over the town. Beyond its antic humour, this is a tender story about the need to listen and understand.

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Her Seven Brothers
Author: Paul Goble
Format: Paperback
, 1993
  • With the same artistry of his Caldecott Medal-winning The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Goble retells a Cheyenne star legend of how the Big Dipper came into being. A maiden, who finds inspiration in her love and respect for the spirits, creates seven sets of moccasins and shirts, somehow knowing that she must go in search of the seven brothers who live far from her home. When she arrives, the smallest brother is waiting for her,he too, has power from the spirits to see and know special things. The Chief of the Buffalo Nation wants the young woman to join him, but she will not go; the buffaloes charge. The youngest brother shoots an arrow into the sky and a pine tree appears, growing with the arrow's flight. They all climb into the sky and become the stars of the constellation the maiden a smaller star nearby. This is a spry telling, dignified but lively. Thickly applied watercolors give the pictures intense hues, and an earthy but bright palette is set off with sky tones: slate blue mingles with sage green, brick orange and rich brown. All ages.

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How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
Format: Paperback
, 2003
  • In this retelling of a Native American pourquoi tale, Brown Squirrel challenges prideful Bear to keep the sun from rising.

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