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Mindy Willett

Mindy Willett lives in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories. She is a teacher at heart although no longer in the classroom. She first came north to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in 1987 and most recently taught in Kugluktuk, Nunavut from 1996 to 2000. Mindy stopped being a classroom teacher when she had her son Jack. To remain home as much as possible, she started her own home-based business, writing educational materials. Mindy Willett is a mother, an educator, and a passionate advocate for all things northern.

Come and Learn With Me: Ewo, seh Kedjdjh
Artists:
Tessa Macintosh
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene;
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

Nine-year-old Sheyenne lives in Sambaa K'e, Northwest Territories-that's Trout Lake in English. Come learn with her as she takes you on a journey to her community in the fall, the season of moose.

This is the fourth book in the popular series "The Land Is Our Storybook" and features the Dehcho region of the Dene. "The Land Is Our Storybook" is a series of books about the lands and cultures of Canada's Northwest Territories. In the books, storytellers, elders, and cultural leaders from the ten regions in the Territories share real stories of everyday life in the North today.

Reviews
"The non-fiction book is colorful with rich, brilliant photographs and maps. Well-organized . . . Intriguing facts are contained within this book, making it a valuable resource for in classrooms, libraries, and homes. Come and Learn With Me can be used with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal readers to learn about Trout Lake's daily life during the fall moose season. This book will help preserve and keep the Dene Yatie (used to be known as South Slavey) group's language and culture alive. It is an innovative teaching tool and a 'must have' to read." — CM magazine

"Readers would be hard pressed to find a book of better quality whether it be for information, text, illustrations, layout, photography, or overall presentation. The text is well written and informative. The text is enhanced by maps, glossary, sidebars, graphics and stunning photography." — Resource Links

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the "The Land Is Our Storybook" series, which considers the diverse lands and cultures of Canada's Northwest Territories. Told in a uniquely diverse range of northern voices, with a child-centred approach, books in the series highlight each official Aboriginal language group in the NWT, revealing a richly textured picture of life in the North -- on the trapline, around the campfire, in communities, at school, and within the outdoor school that is the land itself. The series celebrates the seasons, ages, genders, traditional activities, and communities of the NWT.

The stories are illustrated by the striking images of acclaimed northern photographer, Tessa Macintosh and depict the similarities in lifestyle between children of the North and South, as well as the marked cultural differences, and highlight the special relationship these First Nations people have with the land and how they are adapting to rapid change while remaining connected to the land. Images of the landscape and animals within it, of trapping, hunting, fishing, and bannock baking sit alongside pictures of children at school, swimming at recreation centres, and reading in libraries. Here is modern northern culture painted beautifully: a complex mix of the new and the old.

These wonderful books, written with a variety of provincial and territorial curricula in mind, are specially designed for the classroom and include special features such as glossaries relating details on animals biology and cultural definitions, regional and language maps. The text of the stories also have sidebars such as Our Stories, which contain the stories of the people and language group featured, and Our Words, which highlight words in the featured language that are important to the story.

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32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00" | colour photographs and illustrations, map

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Comme On Se Sent Bien Ici!
Artists:
Tessa Macintosh
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4; 5;

Comme on se sent bien ici! est l’histoire de Julie-Ann André. Elle est une Ranger canadienne, une mère, une femme d’affaires, une étudiante qui chasse et qui pratique le piégeage. Dans ce livre. elle nous raconte l’histoire de sa famille et de son territoire, Khaii Luk, l’endroit du poisson d’hiver. Comme Julie-Ann le dit: « Si vous saves bien écouter, vous allez entendre l’histoire que les terres ont à raconter ». Joignez-vous à Julie-Ann et à ses filles à Tsiigehtchic et à Inuvik et apprenez-en plus sur leur chez-soi et les traditions de leur peuple, les Gwich’in.

Series Information
This book is part of the This Land Is Our Storybook series.

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32 pages | 8.25" x 8.25" | French translation: France Benoit 

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Fiers d'etre Inuvialuits
Artists:
Tessa Macintosh
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4;

James Pokiak is proud to be Inuvialuit. The Inuvialuit, or "real people," are the most westerly Canadian Inuit. James lives in Tuktoyaktuk, NT, a community above the Arctic Circle, on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Even though he lives in town now, James grew up on the land, learning the traditional values and survival skills of his people.

In this fifth book in the The Land is Our Storybook series, James and his daughter, Rebecca, go on a trip to harvest a beluga whale. Harvesting and processing belugas with his family is important to James. It is an integral part of what it means to be Inuvialuit. Join James and his family and learn about how the beluga whale is interlinked with Inuvialuit culture and history.

Educator Information
Recommended Grades: 2-4

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32 pages | 8.25" x 8.25" | French Edition

 

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Le Caribou, Nourriture de Notre Âme
Artists:
Tessa Macintosh
Format: Hardcover

Pete Enzoe est de Lutsël K’é aux Territoires du Nord-Ouest qui se trouve dans le bras Est du Grand lac des Esclaves. C’est un chasseur, un pêcheur et un trappeur. Son rôle dans la vie est de protéger le caribou. Il passe beaucoupde temps à se désplacer sur les terres traditionnelles de son peuple. Pete aide également les scientifiques qui observent la santé et les migrations du caribou.

Dans Le caribou, nourriture de notre âme, le sixième livre de la série Notre Territoire, un livre d’histoires, Pete invite le lecteur à une chasse au caribou faite de façon respectueuse. En route, il partage des histoires Denésôliné et décrit les endroits chargés de spiritualité que sa collectivité tente de protéger, incluant Thaidené Nené, « terres de nos ancêtres ». Viens avec nous pour apprendre la riche histoire des Denésôliné et leur relation privilégiée avec le caribou.

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Le Delta, c'est mon chez moi
Format: Hardcover

Tom McLeod est un gar garçon de onze ans d'Aklavik qui raconte souvent ses histoires à la radio de CBC North. Il est de culture métissée, gwich'in et inuvialuite. Dans « Le Delta, C’est mon chez moi », Tom nous raconte les inondations dans le delta du Mackenzie au printemps, comment faire de la banique, poser des pièges à rat musquè et chasser les canards noirs. Venez rencontrer Tom dans le plus grand delta fluvial du Canada et faites la connaissance d'Aklavik et de ses habitants qui proclament « Ne jamais abandonner »

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Living Stories: Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda
Artists:
Tessa Macintosh
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene; Tlicho (Dogrib);
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

The third title in "The Land is Our Storybook" series, by and about the people of the Northwest Territories, for readers at grade 4 - 7 level.

In Living Stories, Therese Zoe translates the stories and traditional wisdom of Tlicho Elders Philip Zoe and Elizabeth Chocolate.

Therese Zoe is a Tlicho woman from Gamèti in the Northwest Territories. She is a community health representative, a mother and grandmother, as well as a champion of ancestral skills and stories. In Living Stories, Therese shares her love for her community and translates the sacred stories and traditional wisdom of her brother-in-law, Philip Zoe, and his sister, Elizabeth Chocolate. As Therese writes, "You might look at our lands and think they are empty, but we do not go hungry. The land gives us our food and our shelter. It holds our stories and our histories. It gives us everything we need."

Join Tlicho young people, Shelinda, Forest, and Bradley, as they learn about making dry-fish, bows and arrows, and birch-bark baskets; the practices of old-time healers; as well as the sacred stories that tell the history of the Tlicho people. Some of the stories Philip relates in this book have never been written down before - his versions of sacred stories are a gift to young readers across Canada, to be used wisely. The Tlicho Nation was the first in the Northwest Territories to gain self-government. With Elders such as Philip and Elizabeth passing along their traditional wisdom to the young, as well as knowledge gained since the Tlicho first encountered European peoples, the Tlicho are showing how they are, "strong like two people."

Reviews
"Living Stories is a heartfelt tribute to the culture of the Tlicho or Dogrib nation. . . All of the information is presented in a very personal way so that young readers unfamiliar with the first nations culture in the north can realize this is a real way of life for some people, not something from 'long ago and far away'. . . Photographer Tessa Macintosh, a southerner whose children are Tlicho, has done a wonderful job of including pictures of the land and the people, some posed to represent the subject under discussions, many in cheerful candid shots." — CM Magazine

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the "The Land Is Our Storybook" series, which considers the diverse lands and cultures of Canada's Northwest Territories. Told in a uniquely diverse range of northern voices, with a child-centred approach, books in the series highlight each official Aboriginal language group in the NWT, revealing a richly textured picture of life in the North-on the trapline, around the campfire, in communities, at school, and within the outdoor school that is the land itself. The series celebrates the seasons, ages, genders, traditional activities, and communities of the NWT.

The stories are illustrated by the striking images of acclaimed northern photographer, Tessa Macintosh and depict the similarities in lifestyle between children of the North and South, as well as the marked cultural differences, and highlight the special relationship these First Nations people have with the land and how they are adapting to rapid change while remaining connected to the land. Images of the landscape and animals within it, of trapping, hunting, fishing, and bannock baking sit alongside pictures of children at school, swimming at recreation centres, and reading in libraries. Here is modern northern culture painted beautifully: a complex mix of the new and the old.

These wonderful books, written with a variety of provincial and territorial curricula in mind, are specially designed for the classroom and include special features such as glossaries relating details on animals biology and cultural definitions, regional and language maps. The text of the stories also have sidebars such as Our Stories, which contain the stories of the people and language group featured, and Our Words, which highlight words in the featured language that are important to the story.

Recommended Grade Level: 4-7

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32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00" | colour photographs and illustrations throughout

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$16.95

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No Borders: Kigliqangittuq
Artists:
Tessa Macintosh
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

No Borders shares the life of Darla Evyagotailak, a 16 year old Inuk girl. Through Darla's life readers will get a glimpse into the intricately connected families of Inuit living in the communities of Kugluktuk, Nunavut and Ulukhaktok, NWT. Although recently divided by the border between the two territories the communities share a common ancestry and their language called Inuinnaqtun. The border is invisible to them however, and as Darla's Grandfather tells her, 'we are just like the caribou, they don't see the border and neither do we'.

Darla Evyagotailak is a 16 year old girl from Kugluktuk, Nunavut. She enjoys soccer, square dancing and her favourite subject in school is drafting. Raised by her maternal grandparents with lots of time spent with her great-grandparents, Darla has had the opportunity to be connected with the strength of her ancestors. In No Borders, Darla accompanies her grandmother and great grandparents on a journey which crosses the border between the community of her birth and the lands of her ancestors.

Reviews
"No Borders is beautifully designed with engaging photographs that give an intimate glimpse into Darla's life. There are sidebars entitled "Our Words", "Our Stories" and "The Land is our Storybook." End matter includes information on "Inuit Identity Tags", "Tattoos in Inuit Culture" and "The Evolution of the NWT Boundary", making No Borders a thought-provoking introduction to Inuit culture." — CM Magazine

Educator Information
This book is part of the "The Land Is Our Storybook" series, which considers the diverse lands and cultures of Canada's Northwest Territories. Told in a uniquely diverse range of northern voices, with a child-centred approach, books in the series highlight each official Aboriginal language group in the NWT, revealing a richly textured picture of life in the North-on the trapline, around the campfire, in communities, at school, and within the outdoor school that is the land itself. The series celebrates the seasons, ages, genders, traditional activities, and communities of the NWT.

The stories are illustrated by the striking images of acclaimed northern photographer, Tessa Macintosh and depict the similarities in lifestyle between children of the North and South, as well as the marked cultural differences, and highlight the special relationship these First Nations people have with the land and how they are adapting to rapid change while remaining connected to the land. Images of the landscape and animals within it, of trapping, hunting, fishing, and bannock baking sit alongside pictures of children at school, swimming at recreation centres, and reading in libraries. Here is modern northern culture painted beautifully: a complex mix of the new and the old.

These wonderful books, written with a variety of provincial and territorial curricula in mind, are specially designed for the classroom and include special features such as glossaries relating details on animals biology and cultural definitions, regional and language maps. The text of the stories also have sidebars such as Our Stories, which contain the stories of the people and language group featured, and Our Words, which highlight words in the featured language that are important to the story.

Recommended Grade Level: 4-7

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40 pages | 8.00" x 8.00" | colour photographs, maps

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Nos histoires sont vivantes
Artists:
Tessa Macintosh
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene; Tlicho (Dogrib);
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4;

Join Tlicho young people, Shelinda, Forest, and Bradley, as they learn about making dry-fish, bows and arrows, and birch-bark baskets; the practices of old-time healers; as well as the sacred stories that tell the history of the Tlicho people. Some of the stories related in this book have never been written down before -versions of sacred stories are a gift to young readers across Canada, to be used wisely.

The Tlicho Nation was the first in the Northwest Territories to gain self-government. With Elders such as Philip and Elizabeth passing along their traditional wisdom to the young, as well as knowledge gained since the Tlicho first encountered European peoples, the Tlicho are showing how they are, "strong like two people."

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The Delta Is My Home
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Tom McLeod is an eleven-year-old boy from Aklavik who is a gifted storyteller heard frequently on CBC Radio North. He is of mixed cultural heritage-Gwich'in and Inuvialuit.

Tom tells us why his home in the Mackenzie Delta is a special place and why he loves to live on the land. He describes how his town floods in the spring and why he loves "ratting" (trapping muskrats) and hunting "black ducks" (white-winged and surf scoters) in the Delta. Readers will learn why these ducks are decreasing in number and how and why they are important to Tom and his people.

Tom says, "Northerners have always hunted animals for survival. We are careful about how we use the land. To be good hunters we need to pay attention to what is happening on the land around us-that's why it's important for us to be out there. We are the first to know if the land and animals are changing."

Reviews
"The Delta is My Home, is presented in way children will take pleasure in reading. They will be enthralled with the photographs and in the end they will learn a great deal about the culture, family and life of Tom McLeod and the Gwich'in people." — ForeWord Magazine

"...a valuable introduction to an endangered culture." — Booklist

"Tom's bouncingly fun personality beams from every page. . . This is an exciting series for helping children, especially those outside the Northwest Territories, appreciate the day-to-day world of their peers." — Canadian Children's Book News

"[The Delta Is My Home] feature[s] a satisfying mix of old and new - traditional and contemporary - in the photographs and text. . . What both photos and text do very well is establish the strong connection between the people in the books and the land upon which they live. . . A book that children [will] choose to read both for pleasure and for information. — CM Magazine

Educator Information
This book is part of the "The Land Is Our Storybook" series, which considers the diverse lands and cultures of Canada's Northwest Territories. Told in a uniquely diverse range of northern voices, with a child-centred approach, books in the series highlight each official Aboriginal language group in the NWT, revealing a richly textured picture of life in the North-on the trapline, around the campfire, in communities, at school, and within the outdoor school that is the land itself. The series celebrates the seasons, ages, genders, traditional activities, and communities of the NWT.

The stories are illustrated by the striking images of acclaimed northern photographer, Tessa Macintosh and depict the similarities in lifestyle between children of the North and South, as well as the marked cultural differences, and highlight the special relationship these First Nations people have with the land and how they are adapting to rapid change while remaining connected to the land. Images of the landscape and animals within it, of trapping, hunting, fishing, and bannock baking sit alongside pictures of children at school, swimming at recreation centres, and reading in libraries. Here is modern northern culture painted beautifully: a complex mix of the new and the old.

These wonderful books, written with a variety of provincial and territorial curricula in mind, are specially designed for the classroom and include special features such as glossaries relating details on animals biology and cultural definitions, regional and language maps. The text of the stories also have sidebars such as Our Stories, which contain the stories of the people and language group featured, and Our Words, which highlight words in the featured language that are important to the story.

Recommended Grade Level: 2-7

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00" | colour photographs, illustrations, map

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$16.95

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Viens avec moi: Nous apprendrons ensemble!
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene;
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4;

2010 OLA Best Bets - Junior Non Fiction

Canadian Best Bets list - Junior Non-fiction, 2011

Resource Links Best Books 2010 - Non-Fiction K - Grade 6

First Nations Communities Read selection, 2009

2011 Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable - Information Book Award

This is the French version of Come and Learn With Me.

Nine-year-old Sheyenne lives in Sambaa K’e, Northwest Territories - that’s Trout Lake in English. Come learn with her as she takes you on a journey to her community in the fall, the season of moose.

This is the fourth book in the popular series “The Land Is Our Storybook” and features the Dehcho region of the Dene.

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$19.95

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