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Language Revitalization Poster (English)
  • Language Revitalization Poster
    Images of children, parents and Elders from Aboriginal Head Start
    programs celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of AHS programs
    across Canada. The laminated circular poster provides a space in the
    middle to add your own word of the day. This is re-usable when wet erase
    markers are used.

    National AHS / English version:
    “LANGUAGE is the life blood of a people,
    carrying the spirit of the past to the children of the present”


Language Revitalization Poster (French)
  • Affiche pour la mise en valeur des langues autochtones
    Des images d’enfants, de leurs parents, et d’aînés du Programme d’aide
    préscolaire aux Autochtones (PAPA) célèbrent et reconnaissent les
    contributions des centres du PAPA à travers le Canada. Au centre de
    l’affiche réutilisation, un espace est prévu pour que vous puissiez y
    ajouter le mot du jour de votre choix et sa signification. (Employez
    des marqueurs à effacement humide.) Cette affiche vise à encourager
    l’apprentissage de langues autochtones aux jeunes.

    PAPA /version française:
    “LA LANGUE est l’âme d’un peuple,
    transmettant l’esprit du passé aux enfants du présent”


The Pow Wow Trail
Author: Julia C. White
  • To many Native Americans, Pow Wows are an important cultural event, a celebration of identity and heritage that gives life to traditions of the past. They are also an opportunity to evolve new culture and allow the non-Native spectator to participate in an authentic, indigenous gathering that traces its roots back over a thousand years.

    The information presented here comes from the author's many years on the "pow wow trail" and from conversations with Native friends, elders and pow wow officials. Each of the many dances are described in detail with background information and history of the dance provided. The beautiful and dynamic illustrations of the dancers, by Native American artist Diana Stanley, create a wonderful sense of being there.


#IdleNoMore: And the Remaking of Canada
Author: Ken Coates
  • Idle No More bewildered many Canadians. Launched by four women in Saskatchewan in reaction to a federal omnibus budget bill, the protest became the most powerful demonstration of Aboriginal identity in Canadian history. Thousands of aboriginal people and their supporters took to the streets, shopping malls, and other venues, drumming, dancing, and singing in a collective voice.

    It was a protest against generations of injustice, a rallying cry for cultural survival, and a reassertion of Aboriginal identity.

    Idle No More lasted for almost a year, and then the rallies dissipated. Many observers described it as a spent force. It was anything but. Idle No More was the most profound declaration of Indigenous identity and confidence in Canadian history, sparked by Aboriginal women and their supporters, sustained by young Indigenous peoples, filled with pride and determination. When the drums slowed, a new and different Canada was left in its wake. Partially stunned by the peaceful celebrations, but perplexed by a movement that seemed to have no centre and no leaders, most Canadians missed the point.

    Through Idle No More, Aboriginal people have declared that they are a vital and necessary part of Canada's future. The spirit of the drumming, singing and dancing lives on in empowered and confident young Aboriginal people who will shape the future of this country for decades to come.


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1 2 3 Kindergarten
Author: Barbara Allisen
  • 1 2 3 Kindergarten is a down-to-earth, practical guide to help parents, caregivers and educators ensure children's readiness for kindergarten. Written by a kindergarten teacher and parent, this award-winning book, has tips, explanations, short-cuts and fun. It includes ideas that use resources already available at home or in child care centers and strategies to incorporate learning time into busy, active days. An easy-to-use developmental checklist and rating scale, guidance for the this-year-or-next-year debate, and suggestions for home-school transition make this a birth-to-kindergarten resource.


10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know
Author: Jeff Anderson
  • Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argument, students need to know certain essentials in order to write effectively. This straightforward book focuses on developing concepts and application of ten key aspects of good writing -- motio, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter. It provides dozens of strong model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that will help young writers learn what is possible, and experiment with the strategies professional writers use. The book also provides mini-lessons, mentor texts, writing process strategies, and classroom tips that will motivate students to confidently and competently take on any writing task.

    Coming in October 2011!


1885 and After: Native Society in Transition
  • In recognition of the centenary of the North-West Rebellion in May 1985, the Native Studies Department at the University of Saskatchewan hosted a conference on the theme "1885 and After." The conference drew a wide audience, including Native and non-Native scholars who met to reassess the processes leading to the conflict in 1885 and the impact of the Rebellion on Native society and on the North-West.

    The eighteen papers included in this volume have been arranged in two sections. The first deals with the events leading up to and including the outbreak of hostilities, while the second focusses on the transition of Native society following 1885.


500 Years of Indigenous Resistance
Author: Gord Hill
  • The history of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans is often portrayed as a mutually beneficial process, in which ”civilization” was brought to the Natives, who in return shared their land and cultures. A more critical history might present it as a genocide in which Indigenous peoples were helpless victims, overwhelmed by European military power. In reality, neither of these views is correct. This book is more than a history of European colonization of the Americas. In this slim volume, Gord Hill chronicles the resistance by Indigenous peoples, which limited and shaped the forms and extent of colonialism. This history encompasses North and South America, the development of nation-states and the resurgence of Indigenous resistance in the post-WW2 era.


A Feast for All Seasons: Traditional Native Peoples' Cuisine
  • Traditional North American Native peoples' cuisine has existed for centuries, but its central tenet of respecting nature and its bounty have never been as timely as they are now. Andrew George, of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in Canada, is a well-respected aboriginal chef and instructor who has spent the last twenty-five years promoting the traditions of First Nations food. In A Feast for All Seasons, written with Robert Gairns, he has compiled aboriginal recipes that feature ingredients from the land, sea, and sky, elements of an enduring cuisine that illustrate respect for the environment and its creatures, and acknowledgment of the spiritual power that food can have in our lives. The 120 recipes include delectable, make-at home dishes such as Salmon and Fiddlehead Stirfry, Stuffed Wild Duck, Barbecued Oysters, Pan-fried Rabbit with Wild Cranberry Glaze, Clam Fritters, and Wild Blueberry Cookies. The book also features recipes with exotic ingredients that provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of Native cuisine: Moose Chili, Boiled Porcupine, Smoked Beaver Meat, and Braised Bear. This unique cookbook pays homage to an enduring food culture?grounded in tradition and the power of nature?that transcends the test of time.


A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs 2nd EDITION Eastern and Central North America
  • With more than 300 photos, this new edition shows how to identify more than 500 healing plants. Descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found, as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics, symbols next to plant descriptions, and organization of plants by colors all make this an essential guide to understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants around us. At a time when interest in herbs and natural medicine has never been higher, the second edition of this essential guide shows how to identify more than five hundred kinds of healing plants. More than three hundred new color photos illustrate their flowers, leaves, and fruits. The updated descriptive text includes information on where the plants are found as well as their known medicinal uses. An index to medical topics is helpful for quickly locating information on specific ailments, from asthma and headaches to colds and stomachaches. Symbols next to plant descriptions give readers a quick visual alert to plants that are poisonous or may cause allergic reactions. Organized by plant color for fast identification, this guide is an indispensable tool for understanding the traditional medicinal uses of the plants and herbs around us.


A History of the Ojibwe People: Ojibwe Culture and Literacy Exercise Workbook
  • The United Native Friendship Centre Literacy Program has developed this workbook for the adult learner to use.

    The workbook contains basic information about the Ojibwe culture and lifestyles specific to the Rainy River District. All of the information was obtained from the Ojibwe people in the Treaty #3 area.

    There are exercises that the adult learner can use to test his/her knowledge of information he/she has read. The adult learner can also try the literacy exercises within the workbook to test his/her knowledge of the English language.

    The workbook also contains local First Nation recipes, Ojibwe words and stories for the reader’s enjoyment.


A is for Assimilation: The ABC's of Canada’s Aboriginal People and Residential Schools
Author: Len Fortune
Format:Coil Bound
  • This mini book is not meant to be accusatory, but is designed to put the basic facts/ truths down in simple words and design, providing an Aboriginal primer.

    A is for assimilation, although blunt in its approach, is aimed at teens and anyone who isn’t familiar with the basic history of the nation’s First People.


A Moon Made of Copper
Author: Chris Bose
  • A moon made of Copper is a collection of non-fi ction poems that look at the continual maturing and growth of a human being.

    The poems were written while touring across Canada, and they capture Bose’s experiences meeting people, wandering different cities, and getting into adventures and mis-adventures. This is Bose’s second book since Stone the Crow.


A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System
Author: John S. Milloy
  • “I am going to tell you how we are treated. I am always hungry.” — Edward B., a student at Onion Lake School (1923)

    “[I]f I were appointed by the Dominion Government for the express purpose of spreading tuberculosis, there is nothing finer in existence than the average Indian residential school.” — N. Walker, Indian Affairs Superintendent (1948)

    For over 100 years, thousands of Aboriginal children passed through the Canadian residential school system. Begun in the 1870s, it was intended, in the words of government officials, to bring these children into the “circle of civilization,” the results, however, were far different. More often, the schools provided an inferior education in an atmosphere of neglect, disease, and often abuse.

    Using previously unreleased government documents, historian John S. Milloy provides a full picture of the history and reality of the residential school system. He begins by tracing the ideological roots of the system, and follows the paper trail of internal memoranda, reports from field inspectors, and letters of complaint. In the early decades, the system grew without planning or restraint. Despite numerous critical commissions and reports, it persisted into the 1970s, when it transformed itself into a social welfare system without improving conditions for its thousands of wards. A National Crime shows that the residential system was chronically underfunded and often mismanaged, and documents in detail and how this affected the health, education, and well-being of entire generations of Aboriginal children.


A New Vision: Guiding Aboriginal Literacy
  • A New Vision Guiding Aboriginal Literacy is the follow-up to Vision Guiding Native Literacy that was published over a dozen years ago. This book will explore themes and criteria for best practices that many have found contribute to success in literacy for Aboriginal learners across Canada. It highlights some unique definitions of Aboriginal literacy that have been developed by different groups and projects across Canada.

    By providing examples of successful literacy initiatives and factors that have contributed to their success, other literacy workers can use this information to start a new literacy program in their own community or try new tactics within an existing program.


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